Jack G. Conrad

782 Sunset Drive
St. Paul, MN 55123   USA
(651)-683-9380
Jack.Conrad @ acm.org


PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

August 2011-Present, Lead Research Scientist, Catalyst Lab, Thomson Reuters Global Resources, Baar, Switzerland

2009-July 2011, Senior Research Scientist, Research & Development, Thomson Reuters, St. Paul, MN

2000-2008, Senior Research Scientist, Research & Development, Thomson Legal & Regulatory, St. Paul, MN

1997-1999, Senior Research Scientist, Computer Science Research, West Group, Eagan, MN

1994-1996, Research Scientist, New Search Technologies Group, West Publishing, Eagan, MN

1991-1994, Research Assistant, Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (IR Lab), University of Massachusetts -- Amherst, MA

1990-1991, Foreign Expert, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, People's Republic of China

1984-1989, Secondary School Math and Science Instructor, U.S. Peace Corps, Swaziland (Southern Africa) and Togo (West Africa)

1980, Electrical Engineer, 3M Company, Business and Information Products Division, St. Paul, Minnesota

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

        1991-92, Teaching Assistant, Intro to Computers Course (solely responsible for two weekly labs), UMass,
                        Dept. of Computer Science, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
        1990-91, Foreign Language Instructor, English instruction to Majors, Business, and Graduate students,
                        East China University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, People's Republic of China
        1987-89, Professeur au Lycée, Mathématiques, Lycée Kara, Kara, Togo
        1984-87, High School Instructor, Math & Science, Ekukhanyeni High School, Manzini, Swaziland
        1981-84, Teaching Assistant, Freshman English (fully responsible for class), U.B.C.,
                        Dept. of English, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

EDUCATION

        1994 - M.S., Computer Science, University of Massachusetts -- Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
        1984 - M.A., English/Linguistics, University of British Columbia -- Vancouver, B.C., Canada
        1980 - Cert., European Studies Program, University of Minnesota -- London, England
        1980 - B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Electrical Engineering, Marquette University -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
                            Minor: English

SKILLS

PUBLICATIONS

        Publications List

PRESENTATIONS   (SELECTED)

PATENT WORK

  • Jack G. Conrad and Jie Lin, "Information Retrieval Systems with Duplicate Document Detection and Presentation Functions," Thomson Legal & Regulatory, Research & Development, U.S. Patent App. Number 01/550,844, December, 2004.
  • Jack G. Conrad and Joanne R.S. Claussen, "Database Discovery Framework: A Toolkit Approach to Database Selection in Textual and Other Data Collection Environments," Thomson Legal & Regulatory, Research & Development, U.S. Patent App. Number 60/436,191, December, 2002.
  • Jack G. Conrad, Bob Haschart, Forrest Rhoads, Dan Dabney, Howard Turtle, Kinley Larntz, Po Yang, and Dan Gannon. "System and Method of Processing Formatted Text Documents in a Database," Thomson--West Group, U.S. Patent App. Number 09/120,170, 1998.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

  • French - completely fluent, conversational and written (F.S.I rating 3+), used in 14 French-speaking countries
  • Spanish - functional, used in 8 Spanish-speaking countries

HONORS / SOCIETIES

  • Eta Kappa Nu - National Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society (Past VP, Marquette Chapter)
  • Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society
  • Alpha Sigma Nu - National Jesuit Honor Society
  • Association of Computing Machinery - Member and author, published in SIGIR and CIKM Proceedings

BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

EXTRACURRICULAR AWARDS   (SELECTED)

  • Champion of the Year, EarthShare, 2000
    For work to expand choice in West Group's Employee Giving Campaign (1994-99)
    www.earthshare.org/news&resources/news.html (page 3)
  • Sargent Shriver Peace Worker of the Year Award (1 of 2 Finalists), 1990
    For secondary school teaching and rural water project successes while serving in the U.S Peace Corps in Southern and West Africa (1984-89)
  • W.D. Bliss Cooperative Education Student of the Year Award, 1980
    For internship contributions at 3M Company, St. Paul, MN (1977-80) while an undergraduate at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • President, Minnesota Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (MN-RPCVs) (1997-98)
    • Wrote proposal to host the 1999 National Peace Corps Association conference in St. Paul, for 1,000s of RPCVs, which beat out proposals from 3 other major U.S. cities, incl. NYC;
    • Guided Conference Program Committee through preparations for national gathering.
  • Ironman Races - successfully completed five full century bicycle competitions.
  • Marathons - ran Chicago and Paavo Nurmi marathon races, breaking 3 3/4 hours.
  • Mountain Climbing - climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa, up to Uhuru Peak (19,347 ft).




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