Gerald Ratzer



Here is a link to the Computers in Engineering WWW 308-208 course site!

Here is a link to the Introduction to Computer Systems 308-273 course web site!

Use User Name public and guest as the password
Here is the link to the McGill School of Computer Science www.cs.mcgill.ca

Background

Born in England, educated in Scotland at Kelvinside Academy and Glasgow University. First degree in Honours Physics. Started graduate studies at the Maths Lab at Cambridge University, England. This included programming EDSAC 2 in machine language, using paper tape!

Awarded an IBM Fellowship and came to McGill University in Montreal, as the first graduate student in Computer Science, in 1964. Founding member of the School of Computer Science at McGill in 1970.


Current Activities

Teach "Computers in Engineering" (308-208A/B) to most incoming McGill Engineering students (about 250/year). Teach 308-273 "Introduction to Computer Systems", an introductory course on computer architecture and assembly language programming. See links to course material. Teach "Microcomputers" (308-573B) to senior undergraduates and graduates. Students enjoy this course, as they have an opportunity to develop a computer application of their own choosing - but this turns out to be more work than expected!   The students have to give a standup presentation in class, as well as a demonstration of the software they have developed and a final written report.

Research interests include modelling and simulation as used in real time applications, such as air traffic control simulators. Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) for several different fields ranging from high school to university level courses, both in Canada and overseas. This work is reflected in the course material that has created on the web at the links above and below.

Committee work includes being Chair of the SOCS Development Committee, a member of the Undergraduate Committee and SOCS Advisor.
University level activities include the Educational Technology Workgroup, which is actively researching the best use of new technologies for McGill courses, the Joint Senate Board Committee on Technology Transfer, and the Royal Bank Teaching Innovation Grant Selection Committee.


Recent Awards


Other Interests

Policy Issues currently of concern to Prof. Ratzer and under discussion at McGill are:


Outside Interests

Policy Issue currently of concern to Prof. Ratzer and under discussion outside McGill:
 

 

Here is a link to the Computers in Engineering 308-208 course web site!

Here is a link to the Introduction to Computer Systems 308-273 course web site!

Here is the link to the McGill School of Computer Science www.cs.mcgill.ca


E-mail: ratzer@cs.mcgill.ca
Office: McConnell Engineering Building , Room 330
Office Phone:(514) 398-7082
Office FAX: (514) 398-3883

Last Modified: 09/09/98 Copyright © McGill University, 1998