Lori A. Thomson
400 Lind Hall, 207 Church Street S.E.   Minneapolis, Minnesota  55455
Voice: 612-626-8310   FAX: 612-625-8083
WWW: http://www.geom.umn.edu/~lori   E-Mail: lori@geom.umn.edu


Programming experience in C++, C, Perl, Tcl/Tk, Java, JavaScript, HTML, CGI scripts, UNIX shell scripting languages (Bourne shell, C shell), LEX scanner and YACC parser. Classroom training in Pascal, Lisp, Scheme, Prolog, and some assembly/machine languages.


Initial Mathematics Teacher Licensure
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
December 1997           GPA 3.9
   Bachelor of Science, Computer Science
University of Wisconsin, Madison
May 1991           GPA 3.8


October 1994 - present
Technical Staff, The Geometry Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Animated The Shape of Space, a computer generated mathematical video introducing basic concepts of topology. Developed curriculum materials supplementing the video. Trained staff in making mathematical videos and documented the process. Developed and documented Crafter, an interactive program for designing three-dimensional models of spacecraft, currently used by Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. Taught mathematical concepts during tours to visitors ages 10 to adult. Used several Macintosh software programs during tours including Geometer's Sketchpad, Kali and KaleidoTile. Designed World Wide Web based educational materials for use during tours. Responsible for backing up and restoring file systems.

July 1991 - August 1995
Software Engineer, Vista Technologies, Schaumburg, Illinois
Designed, developed and documented DesignVision, a graphical approach to designing computer hardware. Gave DesignVision a Motif-like user interface and Tcl-based scripting. Developed the initial release of StateVision, a state machine editor modeled after DesignVision. Developed hybrid parser for the Language Assistant, a syntax directed editor for hardware description languages. Administrated DesignVision project and other Vista products. Demonstrated software at trade shows.

June 1994 - November 1994, Summer 1990
Research Programmer, Premis Corporation, Minnetonka, Minnesota
Researched and developed software that uses neural networks to predict warehouse inventory and orders. Experimented with learning techniques including back propagation and genetic search. Completed development of DIAD, an interactive compiler and interpreter used to cover standard UNIX shells with menu operations. Created new language operators, built-in functions, database access, window displays, and control conventions. Prepared program for market.

Summer 1989, 1988
Programmer, Clarence Lehman and Company Mound, Minnesota
Developed VECTORS, a hardware logic simulator now marketed by OrCAD of Oregon. Assisted in illustrating and proofreading its manual.


April 1997-June 1997
Practicum Teacher, Barton School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Conducted lessons of pre-algebra and geometry to students grades 6-8. Taught topology unit centered around the mathematical video The Shape of Space. Assisted students with classwork.

April 1997
Co-Presenter, NCTM Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Presented at two sessions: "Using the World Wide Web to Improve the Teaching of Mathematics" and "IMP Demo Class: Join with Students to Experience a Problem-Centered Curriculum."

September 1996 - March 1997
Student Teacher, Patrick Henry High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Taught unit of Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP) to culturally diverse juniors and seniors, using calculators daily in lessons. Designed lessons expanding existing curriculum. Provided timely feedback to students on their progress. Individually tutored students having difficulty with assignments. Assigned trimester grades. Conducted parent-teacher conferences.


  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, 1991
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1991
  • Dean's List, University of Wisconsin, 1987-1991
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Association for Women in Mathematics

    Drawing, painting, singing, and aerobic dance.


    Available upon request. Examples of work also available.