The Hartsbrook School

Charles (“Chip”) Weems, PhD

ChipHeadHigh School Computer Science and Earth Sciences

Chip holds BS and MA degrees from Oregon State University, and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, all in computer science, with an emphasis on computer engineering. As an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Massachusetts, he conducts research in high performance computer architectures and parallel algorithms, with work in the area of machine vision, and has written 24 introductory computer science textbooks. At Hartsbrook, alongside his classes in Computer and Earth Sciences—geology, meteorology, and astronomy—he often teaches electives in photography and stone sculpture, as well as the concluding block of senior year on child development and Waldorf education. He spent two years in Waldorf Foundation Studies prior to becoming a founding member of the high school faculty, and regularly attends workshops for Waldorf science teachers at the Nature Institute as part of a broader, ongoing program of professional development. Having been an avid photographer since he was eight years old, he can also be seen taking pictures at numerous Hartsbrook events for use in the yearbook and Bulletin. He has also served as webmaster, stewardship chair, and senior deacon at the North Congregational Church in Amherst, and as Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 504, leading the western Massachusetts contingent to the national jamboree in 2005. His children were students at Hartsbrook, his daughter from kindergarten through eighth grade, and his son from fourth through his graduation in the senior class of 2008.