Professor Van Hentenryck has authored 5 books and more than 170 scientific articles. He calls CS 31 (Introduction to Computer Systems) and 258 (Solving Hard Problems in Combinatorial Optimization) his “dream courses,” and believes he was “born…to work on constraint programming.”
Name: Pascal Van Hentenryck
Occupation: Professor of Computer Science
What’s your job description, in one sentence? I teach undergraduate and graduate courses, do research with my students, and write optimization software.
What’s the best part of your job? All the above
The worst? The elevators in the CIT (Center for Information Technology) drive me nuts.
How long have you lived in Providence? 18 years, if you count Barrington as part of Providence.
What’s your ringtone? It depends who is calling
Your homepage? www.cs.brown.edu/people/pvh
What newspapers and magazines do you subscribe to? None that anyone not living in the CIT would ever want to read.
Nice Slice or Antonio’s? Antonio’s
Blue State or Starbucks? Blue State
Which three words would you use to describe Brown students? Incredibly smart, playful, passionate, and caring. Oops! That is 6 words.