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NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: James McLurkin

Program Overview


Meet James McLurkin, an accomplished robotics engineer, who plans his busy life so he can "do it all."

This NOVA scienceNOW segment:

  • introduces robotics engineer James McLurkin, an accomplished scientist and self-proclaimed geek.

  • looks at McLurkin's quirky use of systems analysis to schedule his hectic life and program his robots.

  • follows McLurkin as he tries to account for every minute of his life using a detailed computer schedule and somewhat unusual systems adjustments (i.e., time-management strategies).

  • compares McLurkin's schedule adjustments to the system adjustments he makes to program his robots.

  • looks at McLurkin's path to becoming a successful engineer, including his lack of popularity in high school and the dating algorithm he designed to help him find a compatible mate.

Taping Rights: Can be used up to one year after the program is taped off the air.

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