Note: I've finally realized how out of date this page was,
and decided to update it. Won't all happen at once, so bear with
to my personal page!
Another note: The updates are happening, albeit very,
First, for some major news:
My name has changed!
Yes, I've finally bitten the bullet and changed it to the way it ought
to have been spelled from the start.
My name is now Igor Peshansky (for those that don't remember,
it used to be Igor Pechtchanski).
In the Cyrillic alphabet, that's
(click on the link to see it in image form).
I've completed my Ph.D. dissertation at
NYU and am now working as a Research
Software Engineer at the
IBM T.J.Watson Research Center.
Yada-yada-yada... Enough -- you can read all that on the
main page. Let's talk about what I've been
What have I been doing? Good question! What have I not
been doing?.. Now, let's see here...
Ok, now for some history:
Well, I was a TA for a bunch of Java courses my first couple of years
at NYU... There was an assembly course there somewhere, too.
I like doing computer graphics. That stuff just fascinates me, even
though it's not my primary interest. So I've taken a few graphics
courses over the years... Here's
what came out of it.
I've been at IBM Research
for almost seven years now. The environment there is very friendly, and
people are very easy to work with. I'm having lots of fun there.
Oh, and we've released a
compiler and run-time for
an language that integrates XML into Java
research compiler and virtual machine (might as well give those a
Oh, and most importantly, I worked on my thesis.
Or, rather, I should have been working on my thesis. Instead I sat there
and typed all this stupid stuff in, so everyone can read it and realize
why it took me 7 years to graduate (and wonder why the hell I don't find
something better to do). Phew!
I graduated (that's me, in the middle)
Brooklyn College of CUNY
in June, 1995. Got my BS in CS, if you know what I mean. After
graduating, I taught a few undergrad courses there, and also worked as a
research assistant for the
Logic Based Systems
Lab for a year, which was fun.
Here's some personal info:
GEEK CODE: GCS d?(-) s+:+ a-
C++ ULASH* P++(+++) L++ E-(---) W++(-) N+ o K? w++()
O- M(-) V(-) PS+ PE Y+ PGP t(+) 5(+) X(-)
f++ R(+) tv--() b++(+++)
DI++(+++) D+ G e++++>* h----(-) r+++ y?++++
I was born in
came to Brooklyn, New York
about 15 years ago (on 4/16/91), and lived in
Sheepshead Bay, a nice area close to the ocean, for a while...
I then moved to Bergen County,
I have a sister Vera, who has a Ph.D.
in Math from NYU, and an M.S. from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn,
and who was a valedictorian of the class of 1994 of the Abraham Lincoln
High School. So there! She is married and is now working as a professor
at Fairfield University.
I have three cousins - Elayne,
who totally traveled all over the world (like, yeah), studied in
Toronto for a while, and is now back in New York working as a media
analyst, and is engaged to be married; Julia, who is married and
lives in central NJ with her husband and daughter; and Igor, who used
to live in Israel, and now lives in Boston with his wife and a new
What else?.. Oh, yeah, I got married 9
(gasp!) years ago, the day I started my Ph.D. Weird, huh?
My beautiful wife Yelena doesn't
have a homepage yet, but I'm planning to post some pictures of her,
as well as some wedding pictures, soon [ouch, I just realized that
this phrase has been sitting here for more than 7 years! Oh, well, a
bit more won't hurt...]
We have a daughter, Jennifer Nicole,
born in October 1998, and a son, Benjamin Ryan, born in December 2004.
I have a bunch of friends. I used to have their photos here, but they
threatened to kick my ass, so the photos are no more, sorry [as if
I also enjoy spending time with my
Quaker parakeet Frances, who's been in our
family since just after the wedding (i.e., more than 9 years).
Now we (my daughter, actually) also have a cat, Maxine (who's beautiful --
I should post some pictures when I have the time).
Well, I guess that's about it. If I think of something else to say,
you'll be the first to know.
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