Thursday, June 18, 2009

An algorithm for singular names

Great detail from the NYT story about Feniosky Peña-Mora, the new dean of Columbia's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (also known as SEAS):
Dr. Peña-Mora followed his father’s lead in choosing unusual names for their children: He and his brothers were all given first names ending in “sky.” For his own children, Dr. Peña-Mora employed an algorithm that factored in such characteristics as the parents’ and grandparents’ names, the children’s birth weights and the months of their conception and birth.

The couple also tried to find three names that were one of a kind, doing computer searches to ensure their singularity. His son is named Aramael; the middle child, a girl, is Amnahir; and their youngest, a girl, is Giramnah.

The children already exhibit some of their parents’ flair for engineering. “When my son was 4 or 5 he created a cereal-dispensing machine, and when he was 9 he created an A.T.M. machine,” Dr. Peña-Mora said. “He put his sister inside a box to dispense the money, but the outside looked like a real A.T.M.”

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Blogger Katy on Fri Jun 19, 03:52:00 PM:
I loved this story. I hope he keeps it real once he gets to Columbia.