Professor Jonathan Bredin

Years at the college: 2001 - 2010

B.S.E. University of Pennsylvania 1996
Ph.D. Darmouth College 2001

Jonathan Bredin was the first faculty member to join the department with a doctorate in computer science. While at Dartmouth his research focused on software agents and the various strategies they can use to bargain for resources on distant computer systems. Jonathan's arrival gave a boost to computer science at the college, and he indeed helped shepherd the introduction of JAVA into the curriculum. His expertise extended to computer security, and he often scattered cryptography examples and anecdotes into his lectures. Bredin was an avid cyclist, raised a pet hedgehog to replace an earlier chameleon, was rarely seen without his dog (a lurcher), and enjoyed playing the mandolin.

Together, Bredin and Janke gradually developed the nascent computer science program to the point where a complete major was offered in 2005. The mathematical interests of both colleagues colored the major in the beginning.

Since Bredin's spouse was an academic, the problem of finding positions at the same institution reared its head. In the middle of 2010, Bredin took a leave from the college and soon after resigned. He moved to Texas (to be with his wife) and easily found appropriate work in the financial industry.


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