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Rebecca Parsons

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Rebecca Parsons is ThoughtWorks’ Chief Technology Officer. She has more years of application development experience than she cares to admit, in industries ranging from telecommunications to emergent internet services. She has extensive experience leading in the creation of large-scale distributed object applications and the integration of disparate systems. 

Before coming to ThoughtWorks, Rebecca worked as an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Central Florida where she taught courses in compilers, program optimization, distributed computation, programming languages, theory of computation, machine learning and computational biology. She also worked as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory researching issues in parallel and distributed computation, genetic algorithms, computational biology and non-linear dynamical systems. 

Rebecca received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics from Bradley University, a Master's of Science in Computer Science from Rice University and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University.

The Interview

I came to find ThoughtWorks by

I was referred by a friend that I had known for years. I spent lots of time asking him everything that was wrong with the company to find out if I'd fit. When I had my interview with the founder, Roy Singham, he told me more that was wrong. I decided that meant I was going to some place that I could stay. That was December of 1999, so I guess I was right. 

My geeky passion is

Programming languages of all kinds. 

With ThoughtWorks, I’ve visited

Canda, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, India, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and I am sure there are others. Haven't been yet to Antarctica..