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Charlie Peck
Professor of Computer Science

Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 98



206 Center for Science and Technology

Office Hours
Generally available when not teaching class.


  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Pre-Engineering


  • Ph.D., Union Institute & University
  • B.A., Earlham College

Selected Courses:

  • The Beauty and Joy of Computing  Programming and Problem Solving (aka CS1) 
  • Computer Science in the Field (May Term) 
  • Parallel and Distributed Computing 
  • Computational Science (with Michael Lerner) 
  • BioInformatics (with Chris Smith)

Parallel and distributed computing, computational science, bioinformatics, visualization of scientific data, expeditionary science, hardware/software systems, technology for disaster preparation and response, technology for sustainable energy production and conservation.

co-PI of the LittleFe project, an inexpensive educational appliance for parallel and distributed computing, LittleFe.net 

co-PI of the Bootable Cluster CD (BCCD) project, http://BCCD.net

co-PI of the Cluster Computing Group, http://cluster.earlham.edu

  • IEEE (CS)  
  • SuperComputing (SC) Conference - Education and Outreach 

In the Summer of 2017, Charlie Peck led a research group of nine students and three faculty members from Earlham that gathered on the ashy black gravel at the base of Sólheimajökull, a glacial finger that extends 15 kilometers from Mýrdalsjökull, an ice cap in southern Iceland. They were eager to start their climb, but first had to learn to walk. Read more at Iceland May Term: Truth In the Ice.

In the Spring of 2012 Charlie Peck (faculty), Ivan Babic (EC ‘13), Kristin Muterspaw (EC ‘15), Elena Sergienko (EC ‘14), and Tristan Wright (EC ‘13) agreed to support a group of geology and chemistry faculty and students as they worked in the field collecting geocoded environmental parameters and soil, water, and gas samples. Over the course of the next 14 months we designed, built, and deployed a series of open/commodity geocoded sensor platforms for atmospheric, soil, water, and gas parameters. This culminated in July of 2013 with a month of field testing working with the geologists, chemists, and their students in Iceland as they explored lava tubes, continental rifts, glaciers, and (dormant) volcanoes. Alongside this we examined environmental microbial communities, sampling soil and water in a variety of locations across Iceland and extracting the microbial DNA for analysis. Quite serendipitously we were presented with the opportunity to take samples at a small archeological dig at Skalanes, a small research station on an Eastern peninsula. These samples will be analyzed with an eye towards learning which animals early Icelandic people domesticated.  http://eciceland2013.wordpress.com

I recently taught Science, Technology and Society while leading Earlham's England program.  We were living in London, which provides an incredibly rich environment for place-based learning of this material. Our lab on latitude and longitude was done in Greenwich, the evolution unit included looking at the fossils Darwin collected on the Beagle's journey (now housed at the Natural History Museum), and our venture into computing included a lab at Bletchley Park. One of the "hidden" science treasures we took advantage of were talks at the Royal Society, the Geological Society, the Linnean Society, and the Dana Centre.  http://ecengland2011.wordpress.com

Volunteer fire and EMS, gardening, cooking, travel.



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