Larry Merkle is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. He currently manages the efforts of 17 instructors in teaching the Introduction to Computer Science course to approximately 600 cadets per semester. He is also involved in the fledgling computer engineering program and conducts research in a variety of areas. Larry earned his Bachelor's degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1987, at which time he was also commissioned as an Air Force officer. In his first assignment, he taught short courses in expert systems and other artificial intelligence technologies. He then earned his Doctorate at the Air Force Institute of Technology, performing research in evolutionary computation and protein folding. In between graduate school and his current assignment, he served as Chief of the Center for Plasma Theory and Computation, where he led a group of researchers involved in the design and development of computational plasma physics software, as well as its application in the design of high power microwave devices.
Laurence D. Merkle, MAJ, USAF
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
United States Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO