Wicked Smart: 5 questions with U of M PhD and Wikipedian Aaron Halfaker



Aaron Halfaker

Five questions with Minnesota computer scientist (GroupLens PhD) and Wikimedia Foundation social researcher Aaron Halfaker.

Where are you from originally and how did you end up at GroupLens / The University of Minnesota?

I grew up in Virginia, MN, a mining town on the Iron Range. I was always interested in technology as a kid, but I didn’t always have access to it. When I started high school, my family had an old 386 that didn’t have any games on it, so I spent a lot of time making ASCII art in Word Star.

By the time I graduated from the Virginia High School, I had built my own computer and organized a couple of LAN parties.