Below you will find an overview of the most prominent EUCET members. There are lots more contributors, but
these people are the finest ICT professionals around, in the European Union. Without these people, we would
have been [A..F]fing about until the end of times.
The most prominent act of EUCET so far has been introduction of the PostNine (P9) characterset. It took these fine minds over 5 years of labour to come up with this proposal and it took another year to convince the (then still) 15 members of the EU to vote in favor of the P9 digits.
|Naj Streeg||Hungary, 1972||Chairman||
Naj was born in Hungary when it was still in the Warsaw pact. His family fled the country when Naj was 7
and made a fresh start in France. Naj attended the "Ecole d'etranger" and proved to be an exceptional
In 1991 he got his degree in Computer Sciences at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Naj has been the driving force behind many EU ICT projects. He currently works at CERN in Switzerland.
|Soj Streeg||Hungary, 1970||Vice president||
Soj is Naj's elder brother. In a way, he paved the future of his younger brother, thereby sacrificing his
After they escaped from Hungary, Naj and Soj attended the "Ecole d'etranger" and passed with flying colours.
Soj sought his education in the American University in Paris where he studied chemical engineering. He joined CERN in 1990 (one year before his brother) to become C++ systems analyst. One year later he and his brother founded the CERN computer research branch. The rest is history and can be found on the CERN website.
|Marion Bruins-Van Damme||Belgium, 1982||Java development engineer I||
Mrs Bruins-Van Damme is the daughter of a self made piano teacher in The Netherlands. Her father, who had
great skills in music taught his daughter the art of improvisation.
This, combined with her urge to be better than the best in her profession, brought her in contact with Walter Spierings of Dutch Holographic Supplies who just came back from a course at Sun Microsystems.
The always optimistic Walter made Marion enthusiastic about the (then new) Java programming system.
Since then, Mrs Bruins-Van Damme has become the major Java player in Europe. It was the drive of Soj Streeg that she could be won for EUCET.
|Lola Neuschwanzstein||Germany, 1975||Graphic designer||
Lola is from Bavaria, Germany. She attended normal schools, like all children in her village. It was not
until she was in a scholarship exchange that her exceptional graphic skills were discovered.
So in a way, EUCET and the rest of Europe, need to be grateful to the teachers of St. Angelas Convent School in Middlesex (UK).
Ms Neuschwanzstein's future took a drastic turn from then. After completing the London Artschool she took a job as Design Manager in the London Design Center at Haymarket. In 2000 she returned to Germany to start a business of her own. It was then that Naj came into her life when he asked her to join the EUCET team.
The EUCET P9 digits are the work of her and her alone. Her graphic genius came up with the new digits.
|Sandra McDermot||Edinburgh, 1980||Systems Analist||
Born in Scotland, Sandra attended the local schools and university.
After she graduated from the University of Aberdeen mathematics faculty, she was invited to join the computer engineering team of the Fraunhofer Institut in Holzkirchen, Bavaria.
It was there that she came into contact with members of Eucet. Early 2000, Ms McDermot joined EUCET. Together with Ms Neuschwanzstein the new digits took their current shapes.
|Jacques d'Outremont||France, 1959||Network management engineer||
Mr d'Outremont is the senior member of the EUCET. He was born in Western France and his genius surfaced as
soon as he left primary school.
He attended Universitee Bordeaux where he graduated in electrical engineering on the thesis of what now is called a modem.
After jobs at Alcatel, Thompson, Aerospatial and Airbus, he became manager of network research section at Bull the major computercompany of France. It was there that he met with Soj Streeg and Ms McDermot. One year later he joined EUCET as a seasoned engineer and people's manager.
The EUCET team, epilog
The EUCET team has been referred to as Naj's Angels, since he seems to have found the best of the best women
from all over Europe. The Streeg brothers forged this group into a hard working team, going for the parts of
computing that no other group dares to tackle. What's 'normal' to average programmers is a challenge to EUCET.
The EUCET P9 project is a formidable example of this.
Ms McDermot has a number of other projects on hand, although the team does not want to go public with any of these.
And perhaps this is what makes EUCET so great. They take a bull by the horns and keep silent until the job is done. No wild west stories in between. No fear, no nothing. After a reasonable period of time, they come up with a conclusion that is acceptable to (and in most cases also accepted by) all EU member states.
The composition of his team, reflects the genius which is available in the countries of the EU. Also, the 1 man, 1 woman composition of the group reflects normal society where men and women are abundant in equal quantities. Many a committee can take an example from EUCET. Genius is not determined by sex.
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