Robert Parke, Senior Lecturer of Information Technology and Art and Design at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, is the 2020 Tapia Program Chair. Rob has been attending the Tapia Conference since 2016. We interviewed Rob about his career and how he became involved with the Tapia Conference.
Tell us about your life growing up.
I grew up in Southern California with my Dad who was a doctor, my Mom who was a special education teacher, and two older brothers.
How did you end up in Computer Science?
I was a geeky kid. I had family friends who taught me about computers and I learned how to build my own. In high school I would help train senior citizens how to use their computers. I found I had the patience to explain things to people. I also had an interest in design so I developed web sites for people as well. I took AP Computer Science in High School which reaffirmed my love of Computing and introduced me to my future wife.