Rick Casey
Adjunct Faculty
Division of Continuing Professional Studies
Affiliated with CPS
Biography

My background lies in programming and teaching, though I started in energy economics. After earning a masters in economics in 1981, I worked as a petroleum economist in Denver in the early 1980's, where I discovered I liked programming on PCs. This led me to become a self-taught programmer in the 1980s, but I later earned a second masters in telecommunications at CU-Boulder, while working my way up from PCs to Unix and then Linux during the 1990's for various companies in the Denver/Boulder area. I briefly taught economics in the late 1980's at the community college and undergraduate level.

Since graduating in 2002, I have primarily worked at research centers at CU-Boulder. I am currently affiliated with the Institute for Behavioral Genetics, where I built a custom web-based data repository for their research scientists, and continue to expand and develop its capabilities. I am currently engaged in solving the problem of how to provide an interface to the high volumes of data involved in genome-wide association studies, where terabytes of data must be handled. I resumed teaching part-time in 2009, for Front Range Community College, where I teach a course in environmental economics, and since 2011, two courses in databases at Champlain College.

Volunteer Activities

I have volunteered with the Colorado Mountain Club since 2002, serving as the Boulder group's webmaster, newseletter editor, and, more recently, as the director of their rock climbing school. The Colorado Mountain Club (see cmc.org) is the oldest hiking and climbing club in Colorado, founded in 1912.

Education
University of Colorado at Boulder, Master of Science
Southern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts
University of Pennsylvania, Master of Arts
Personal Interests

As an avid outdoor sports person in Colorado since the 1980's -- climbing, backpacking, skiing and biking -- I am very concerned about environmental issues, particularly in the American West. Consequently, I am very engaged in the anti-fracking movement in the Front Range of Colorado, and am currently volunteering with East Boulder County United (see eastbocounited.org) to ban fracking in Lafayette, Colorado, where I live. I consider such grass roots, citizen-led political engagement essential to the survival of the planet, which needs to begin with the great transition of the energy basis of the economy from fossil fuels to alternative energy sources.