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UNT Insider | February 2008 Issue | Faculty Focus

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Microsoft names UNT professor a "Most Valuable Professional" for fifth year in a row

From a UNT News Service press release

For the fifth year in a row, UNT professor of computer science and engineering Ian Parberry has been selected as a "Most Valuable Professional" by Microsoft for his work in game development.

"This citation shows that they appreciate the work we are doing here at UNT," he says. "It puts a stamp of approval on our undergraduate and graduate game development classes. One of the benefits is MVPs consult with Microsoft's technical staff on a variety of new products. For example, I first saw the Microsoft Vista operating system in 2003, four years before it was released to the public."

Parberry was first recognized as a Microsoft MVP in 2004. In addition to computer games, his research interests include experimental algorithmics, computational complexity theory and neural networks. Parberry is working to develop a system to incorporate real time video processing with gaming graphics.

Microsoft MVPs are an annually recognized select group of active and credible experts in online and offline technical communities that demonstrate a passion to share their expertise. The MVP Program recognizes these individuals for their participation in technical communities and their willingness to help others.

"Most Valuable Professionals embody the spirit of community and technology in this evolving Web 2.0 world," says Sean O'Driscoll, general manager of community support services at Microsoft. "They are independent experts, passionate about technology, and they thrive on providing feedback to other users."

"On behalf of Microsoft, I am pleased to recognize Ian Parberry as a member of this elite group. Ian joins individuals from more than 90 countries who share their technical expertise by helping individuals maximize their use of technology."

MVPs actively participate in a variety of Microsoft technical communities through which a worldwide network of people communicate, support and provide feedback about Microsoft products, technologies and services with each other, as well as Microsoft. They include a diverse group of backgrounds and professions ranging from authors, artists and technology enthusiasts to professional developers and business managers working in small, medium-sized and enterprise businesses.

UNT News Service Press Release
Rafael McDonnell may be reached at RMcDonnell@unt.edu.

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