Mark McCahill, assistant director of the University Technology Development Center at the University of Minnesota, was just interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio‘s Midday program. This is part of his local swan song; he’s leaving Minnesota for a position at Duke University, and not without some critique of the state’s lukewarm funding of the university. He was instrumental in developing a pioneering little prairie animal named Gopher.

His current research includes work on Croquet:

Croquet is a powerful open source software development environment for the
creation and large-scale distributed deployment of multi-user virtual 3D
applications and metaverses that are (1) persistent (2) deeply collaborative,
(3) interconnected and (4) interoperable.

McCahill’s focused on developing technologies appropriate for education. It’ll be interesting to see how Croquet rocks the Second Life world.