From: Jim Rebman (
Date: Mon Sep 09 1996 - 16:31:42 PDT

Greetings list members:

My name is Jim Rebman, and I'm sure many of you know me, but some may
not, so I'll give a little background...

I lost my sight almost 7 years ago as a result of diabetic retinopathy,
and just prior to that my kidneys failed. In 1993, I received a
kidney-pancreas transplant, and am no longer a diabetic.

My formal training was in electrical engineering and from 1980 to 1984 I
was a research assistant/engineer at the Princeton University Plasma
Physics Laboratory where I developed several microprocessor-based
instruments and controllers for a 120Kv 100 amp DC power system, as well
as several different 12-pulse high-current rectifiers, and a multi-pulse
cycloconvertor that was used to vary the line frequency on the output of
a 960 MVA motor/generator set. Big volts, big amps, and an occasional
big boom or two<grin>. Since that time I have been almost exclusively
working with computers on everything from compiler design/porting, to
application development, to networks and MIS systems. I am planning on
going back to school to finish my bachelors degree, and then eventually
to get my Ph.D. in computer science. One of my big concerns at this
point is how I am going to handle the math -- I really must learn it all
over again from intermediate algebra through at least 4 semesters of
calculus, and any tips on how to approach this would be much appreciated.

Under the heading of miscellaneous... I live just outside of Boulder,
Colorado, love outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, and
backpacking, am a board member of the Boulder County chapter, and am also
a graduate of the Colorado Center (10/95).

I look forward to participating in the discussions, and especially to
helping students with the tools, techniques, and support they need to
venture into the world of science and engineering as blind people. Of
course we can be scientists and engineers -- just look around.

-- Jim Rebman <>

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