Michael McLennan is a senior research scientist at Purdue University's Rosen Center for Advanced Computing, where he is director of the HUBzero Platform for Scientific Collaboration. HUBzero powers nanoHUB.org and more than 40 other Web sites supporting both education and research.
McLennan received a Ph.D. in 1990 from Purdue University, supported as an SRC Graduate Fellow, for his dissertation on dissipative quantum mechanical electron transport in semiconductor heterostructure devices. He spent 14 years working in industry at Bell Labs and Cadence Design Systems, developing software for computer-aided design of integrated circuits. He created [incr Tcl], an object-oriented extension of the Tcl scripting language, which has been used by thousands of developers worldwide on projects ranging from the TiVo digital video recorder to the Mars Pathfinder. He coauthored two books, Effective Tcl/Tk Programming (Addison-Wesley, 1997) and Tcl/Tk Tools (O'Â€Â™Reilly Media, 1997). His latest project is the Rappture Toolkit, which accelerates the process of creating scientific tools for simulation and modeling. He is a member of IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi.