Short Formal Bio

Jon Weissman is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He leads the Distributed Computing Systems Group which explores research issues in distributed and mobile systems, cloud computing, and high performance computing. Professor Weissman received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia in 1995 and a B.S in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon in 1984. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1995) and is a senior member of the IEEE.

Informal Bio

I proudly hail from the borough of Queens New York, home of the 1964 Worlds Fair, the Miracle Mets, and the Ramones, where family-owned businesses still rule the day. My introduction to computers was a PDP at City College NY accessed through a remote card reader located at my high school, Francis Lewis. Amazingly, we learned Basic, PL-1, Cobol, and Fortran. I headed west to CMU to continue this path and spent four wonderful years there getting a Math/CS degree. After some interesting time off in industry including a small start-up and a research-oriented FFRDC in the DC area, I decided to get my Ph.D. at nearby UVa to pursue a career in academia. Being a Prof is simply the greatest job one can imagine.

I have a few simple side interests: cycling (incl. Ragbrai!), nordic skiing (incl. Birkenbeiner!), hiking, art films, arts in general (fine art and b/w photography), mindfulness/meditation, music (esp. NOLA Jazzfest), cooking, travel, hoppy craft IPAs, and sharing these passions with my wife Susan and three daughters, Hannah, Claire, and Lily.