I would like to thank my advisor and mentor, Steve Johnson,
for introducing me to an interesting research project and
for his guidance, support and warm friendship.
I am also grateful to my research committee members: David Wise,
Dennis Gannon and Jonathan Mills, for their help and suggestions.
Assistant Dean Frank Hoole at the Graduate School funded my
assistantship while I finished my dissertation.
I am also indebted to the secretaries and staff of the IU
Computer Science Department for innumerable favors and friendly,
My family's support and encouragement has meant a great deal to me
during my years at Indiana.
Love and thanks to the Jeschke's: Marlin, Charmaine, David, Margaret,
and Bart Miller.
I have made many wonderful friends during my "tenure" in Bloomington.
The following people have directly contributed to my well being as a
- Will Reilly, Charles Daffinger, Anand Deshpande and Terri Paullette;
- Tim Bridges and the rest of the crew at Data Parallel
Systems for good cameraderie and all the cheese crackers I
- Dear housemates Judy Augsburger and Susan Coleman;
- Good buddies Lisa Meeden, Gary McGraw, Amy Barley, Paul and Doug
Steury, Ethan Goffman, Darrin Pratt and Shelly Barnard.
Extra special thanks to Stash, Hoadley,
Sophie, and especially, Amy Baum,
for the peace and happiness you have given me.