DRAFT There is a theory that states that people who travel and study overseas return greatly transformed in outlook and perspective. I am no different, and it is easy to imagine how witnessing first-hand the revolutions in Eastern Europe (while living and studying in Romania in the fall of 1989) would impact my future plans. The overall ramifications of the fall of the “Red Empire” were at that time to me quite apparent (i.e. the end of the bi-polar global political structure, etc.), and it was quite obvious that lacking any kind of international capabilities (languages, experience, etc.) would greatly hinder anyone’s career in the long run. Therefore, since graduating in 1994 with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics, and moving to France in 1996, I have tried to maintain a balance of knowledge accumulation and international work experience. Thus far, I think I have been quite successful.