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Lawrence “Pete” Petersen


In late 2006, Pete introduced himself as follows: “I am a teacher. For almost 20 years, I have taught programming languages at Texas A&M. I have been selected by students for Teaching Excellence Awards five times and in 1996 received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Alumni Association for the College of Engineering. I am a Fellow of the Wakonse Program for Teaching Excellence and a Fellow of the Academy for Educator Development.

“As the son of an army officer, I was raised on the move. After completing a degree in philosophy at the University of Washington, I served in the army for 22 years as a Field Artillery Officer and as a Research Analyst for Operational Testing. I taught at the Field Artillery Officers’ Advanced Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, from 1971 to 1973. In 1979 I helped organize a Test Officers’ Training Course and taught it as lead instructor at nine different locations across the United States from 1978 to 1981 and from 1985 to 1989.

“In 1991 I formed a small software company that produced management software for university departments until 1999. My interests are in teaching, designing, and programming software that real people can use. I completed master’s degrees in industrial engineering at Georgia Tech and in education curriculum and instruction at Texas A&M. I also completed a master’s program in microcomputers from NTS. My Ph.D. is in information and operations management from Texas A&M.

“My wife, Barbara, and I live in Bryan, Texas. We like to travel, garden, and entertain; and we spend as much time as we can with our sons and their families, and especially with our grandchildren, Angelina, Carlos, Tess, Avery, Nicholas, and Jordan.”

Sadly, Pete died of lung cancer in 2007. Without him, the course would never have succeeded.

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