I just started – a week before my official start date – as an assistant professor at Oregon State University in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I feel very luck to be here, to have landed a job in a year when many of few job openings were rescinded because of the crumbling economy, let alone in an incredibly friendly department in a beautiful town near mountains and oceans.
I am alone as a TCS person in the department, and I’m sure I will feel some isolation as a result. I am really hoping that I will be able to work on some interesting problems with non-TCS people. My background, though, is in very traditional algorithmic work, so I am sure there will be growing pains. I’ll start with what will probably be the first of many requests for advice: any advice?