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Jeffrey Alan Turkstra

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Dr. Jeff Turkstra
250 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2066

Office: Felix Haas Hall (HAAS), Room 128
765-237-YODA (765-237-9632)

Curriculum Vitae

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A 12 year old street kid. A 3 ton orca whale. A friendship you could never imagine. An adventure you'll never forget.

Jeffrey Alan Turkstra grew up in Grand Haven, MI. He received the B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2004. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2007 and 2013, respectively, also from Purdue University.

From August 2005 through July 2006, Dr. Turkstra was a Charles C. Chappelle Fellow at Purdue. For the three academic years spanning 2005-2008, he served as an Instructor for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. For seven years beginning June 2009, he was a full time Software Engineer with the HUBzero group in the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing at Purdue University.

Since 2017, Dr. Turkstra has been a member of the faculty at Purdue as an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Computer Science. He also enjoys occasionally dabbling in digital system design and has served as a consultant for a number of start-ups including Microfluidic Innovations, LLC.

Dr. Turkstra's research interests are primarily in the areas of operating systems and distributed systems. Previous research activities include a prototype thin client EDA environment based on Sun's GridEngine and Sun Ray Server software as well as a large storage area network (SAN) research project operated by the Engineering Computer Network. His current work centers on a distributed, virtual operating system called Metachory.

Dr. Turkstra received the Purdue College of Science Team Award for Spring of 2019. He was the recipient of the Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2006 and the Magoon Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in 2005.

In addition to tinkering with electronics and computers, Jeff maintains a great passion for other activities including skiing, backpacking, and playing the alto saxophone. He is an avid traveler, having covered over 18,000 miles in two months on his motorcycle in 2006. He also enjoys flying airplanes and obtained his Private Pilot License (PPL) in 2010.

Jeff has two wonderful children - Jefferson E. Turkstra and Alice J. Turkstra. The fourth member of his family, Odin Turkstra, is a Siberian Husky adopted in 2012 from a rescue agency in Indiana. Jeff also maintains a 35 gallon fish aquarium with a variety of tropical fish.

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