Finding Connections Between Beekeeping and IT

Teacher, farmer, beekeeper and technologist -- Appalachian State University IT professor combines his life's pursuits.

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As chair of the Appalachian State University computer science department, James T. Wilkes is helping prepare the next generation of IT professionals. But even though he holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Duke University, he's no ivory tower intellectual. Wilkes understands how computing can impact even earthy pursuits, including his other two professions: farming and beekeeping. Here he shares his insights on education and IT applications and discusses how these disciplines mix.

James T. Wilkes

Married, with eight children ranging in age from 4 months to 21 years old.Do you have a goal you'd still like to achieve? I have this crazy notion of creating one business per child. They're kind of on their way. They each have a little niche they're developing. I want them to be productive and support themselves and their families in a nontraditional way.Is there something that not many people know about you? I love to surf.

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