David Alan Grier and Erin Dian Dumbacher

Forward Slash

Forward Slash is a monthly column that incorporates a multimedia format to profile the lives, trials, and accomplishments of the rising generation of computing professionals, describing the challenges they face and the character they draw upon to do their daily work.

David Alan Grier,  an associate professor of international science and technology policy at George Washington University, is a Fellow of IEEE and the author of the forthcoming book The Company We Keep. Contact him at grier@gwu.edu or on Twitter @dagrier.

Erin Dian Dumbacher is an associate director of research at the Government Executive Media Group, a division of Atlantic Media. Contact her at erin.dumbacher@fulbrightmail.org or on Twitter @erin_dian.

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We're taking the leap into video.  We'll see how well this works.  In some ways, it models what we have been seeing in our seperate travels around the the world of computation.  New entrpreneurs, new engineers, new programmers seem to desire, most strongly, to so things on their own.  We have created an environment that will allow them to do so but will this environment be the best forum for long term innovation?

From Computer's June2012 issue.

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