Until the summer of 2003, Erik was a MIS student in the UT McCombs School of Business. Since he graduated, he founded his own business (see: www.silenttimer.com). In February 2002, he designed and implemented the TGDP pilot website as well as well as its pilot database. Then, he managed the TGDP data architecture in addition to its web site design and interface. Erik's areas of interest include data base structures, data normalization, programming, web design, graphics design, networking, and languages (French & Norwegian). His non-academic interests include playing soccer, writing and recording music and traveling.