I have just realized : the most important event in my professional life since the Ph.D. viva-voce defense went unannounced in this blog. I have been recently accepted as a faculty member of the Department of Computer Engineering and Industrial Automation (DCA) of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (FEEC) of the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). I am now officially an absent-minded professor.
Balancing a faculty career, with research, teaching and administrative obligations is more challenging than people outside academia usually realize. For the last 5 years, I was exclusively focused on research, so I am rediscovering the thrill of being in a classroom. I am also discovering the painstaking work needed to sustain academic institutions, for, if their horizontal, democratic nature warrants their members many freedoms, they require in return much debate, discussion and politics.
Nevertheless, I am loving every minute of my new duties. I know that the passing years take their toll, but for the moment, at least, I am in my element.