Alva L. Couch was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he attended the North Carolina School of the Arts as a high school major in bassoon and contrabassoon performance. He received an S.B. in Architecture from M.I.T. in 1978, after which he worked for four years as a systems analyst and administrator at Harvard Medical School. Returning to school, he received an M.S. in Mathematics from Tufts in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Tufts in 1988. He became a member of the faculty of Tufts Department of Computer Science in the fall of 1988, and is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Tufts. Prof. Couch is the author of several software systems for visualization and system administration, including Seecube(1987), Seeplex(1990), Slink(1996) Distr(1997), and Babble(2000). In 1996 he also received the Leibner Award for excellence in teaching and advising from Tufts. He has assisted in maintaining the Tufts computer systems for Computer Science teaching and research since 1985, when he was a Ph.D. student. He can be reached by surface mail at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 161 College Avenue, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155. He can be reached via electronic mail as firstname.lastname@example.org. His work phone is (617)627-3674.
Yizhan Sun is a Masters' student at Tufts University who expects to graduate in December of 2001. She also holds an MS in Physics from Boston College. Aside from being a teaching assistant at Tufts, she was a system administrator in the Center for Connected Learning at Tufts from May 2000 to Aug 2000. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and swimming. She can be reached by email to email@example.com, or by postal mail to 455 Boston TPKE Apt 4, Shrewsbury, MA, 01545.