George P. Pipkin
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When I was a kid I liked to play with wires, batteries, and other electronic parts that I used
to build strange contraptions with my brother Alan. As it turned out, the things I learned doing that would turn out to be a
good deal more useful for my career than what I learned when I went to college at Georgetown University. In
the mid 70's, I noticed an article in Radio/Electronics magazine by Don Lancaster that showed
how to build a computer from readily available parts. It took me a couple of years, but I
finally got the thing to work. In the meantime, I moved to San Francisco where I got a job
at North Star Computers.
In 1980 I moved to Charlottesville, and the following year I went to work for the University of
Virginia. Through the decade
that followed, my job involved me with many of the technological changes that swept Universities
across the country: the move from paper to electronic information; development of small-scale
information systems; and the networking revolution that has changed everything.|
Ground Mail Address:
Advanced Technology Group
1001 Emmett St.
Charlottesville, Va. 22903
I am currently a member of the Advanced Technology Group. We are a part of U.Va.'s Office of Information Technologies
and we are charged with investigating new information technologies for the University and
working in the area of strategic technology planning. My boss is Tim Sigmon.
- Distributed Object Technology:This is an area that I believe
will prove to be critical in the next 5 years as the limits of current architectures become
more and more apparent. I am interested in the next generation of standards, particularly
as they relate to the structure of administrative systems in a university setting.
- Moving to Electronic Information:The process of moving from
paper-based to electronic systems has long been a theme of my work, and I have participated
in several process-simplification efforts here at U.Va. that have focused on that task. The
most important work I have done in this area relates to the development of a web-based
electronic forms for the University.
- The Electronic Filing Cabinet:My group is currently involved
in an effort to develop an integrated document management system that makes use of low-cost
desktop scanners and generic WWW clients.
- Document Sharing Task Force:I am a member of a Common Solutions
Group task force investigating solutions to the problem of sharing documents across the
- Lotus Notes: I am coordinating a test use of Lotus Notes by
some of the University's high-level information technology administrators.
- Technology Forcast: I am responsible for working with the
Director of Policy and Planning (Chip German) to develop the technology forecasting component
of the department's strategic planning document.
Click here for update on results of U.Va. E-Forms Project