As the clock ticked down to the year 2000, computer scientists around the world were fretting about the so-called “Y2K bug,” which many feared would wreak havoc on our heavily computerized society. In the late 1990s, a computer program created by Rex Widmer, a computer science graduate in 1972, put many minds at ease. Widmer’s Portfolio Analyzer could quickly and efficiently locate lines of code that needed to be changed before the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2000. The program could “munch through 100,000 programs – perhaps millions of lines of code – in a day,” he said in a 1998 interview. Unfortunately, Widmer never lived to see the success of his software. He died in a car accident in January 1999 while returning home to Shawnee Mission, Kansas, from a campus visit.
Share This Story
Contributing to a Nobel Prize
Dr. Clyde Cowan, ChemE’40, was posthumously recognized for his part in research that earned the 1995 Nobel Prize in physics….
Communications entrepreneur and social engineer
Kwesi Sipho Umoja, EE’67, says that Dr. Martin Luther King’s death had a profound effect on his perception of tomorrow….
Taylor Husman and Tyler Recker
Taylor Husman and Tyler Recker met on the patio of Kappa Sigma fraternity on their second night at S&T in…
Jacquelyn (Stroble) and Robert Nagel
Jacquelyn (Stroble) and Robert Nagel met in 2005 during their first semester as graduate students. “We both took the same…
Paula Lutz: leading on a male-dominated campus
Paula Lutz, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a life science preference from UMR in 1976...
S&T’s first building: the Rolla Building
Missouri S&T’s first building still stands and is home to our mathematics and statistics department. Built for Rolla’s high school,…