Paul Druker and Yury Avrutin, were born in Moscow, in what was then the
indivisible U.S.S.R. They met in the first grade of a Moscow elementary school,
quickly striking a friendship which was to last a lifetime. After Mr. Avrutin
had left Russia for the U.S. and while Mr. Druker remained in Moscow, they
maintained their close friendship in spite of being separated by the Iron
Curtain for almost twenty years. Mr. Druker and Mr. Avrutin have collaborated
on several projects in Russia and the U.S. since the fall of the U.S.S.R.
During the work on The Comprehensive Russian Computer Dictionary, Mr. Druker
was responsible for the master database; Mr. Avrutin wrote its internet
counterpart. The Comprehensive Russian Computer Dictionary is the first
joint printed publication of Mr. Druker and Mr. Avrutin in the U.S.
Paul Druker has
been interested in computers and programming since early high school.
He began programming professionally in the seventies using a Russian programming
language for the Soviet Minsk-32 mainframe computer. To this day, it remains
the only coding experience in his native language, since shortly thereafter,
Soviet-designed computers had ceased to exist, being rapidly replaced
by U.S. technology, specifically by Russian-built clones of IBM 370 mainframes.
Mr. Druker, as most in his field at the time in Russia, found himself
learning American technical terminology and has been working in English
During his professional
career, Mr. Druker programmed in more than a dozen of computer languages,
such as Assembler, Algol, Fortran, Cobol, PL/I, Pascal, C/C++, ObjectPAL,
PL/SQL and became highly knowledgeable in database design and implementation.
In the early nineties
in Moscow, Mr. Druker was freelancing as a technical translator and to
his astonishment he discovered no modern English-Russian computer dictionaries
on the Russian market. As a result, he and two of his colleagues decided
to compile and publish their own dictionary. The project was an unqualified
success, leading to two sold-out editions of 40,000 copies the IBM PC
User’s English-Russian Dictionary.
Mr. Druker graduated
from Moscow Institute of Electronic Machinery with a Master’s of Science
in Applied Mathematics and Moscow Railroad Institute with a Master’s of
Science in Electrical Engineering.
Mr. Druker is an
expert in database design, development and administration. He currently
holds a position of an Oracle DBA at Perot Systems Corp., in Reston, VA.
Previously, Mr. Druker designed and administered Oracle databases at IEEE
Computer Society headquarters in Washington, DC.
Paul Druker emigrated
with his family to the United States in 1993. Presently, Mr. Druker lives
in Northern Virginia, in the Washington suburbs with his wife, two teenage
sons, a dog and two cats. The Drukers enjoy travelling, bike riding, playing
ping pong, and surfing the Internet
Yury Avrutin began
his serious contact with digital computing hardware in mid-seventies by
hand-soldering an IMSAI-8080 and then moving onto a PDP-8 with 4k of torroidal
core memory. Over the years he has worked on diverse proprietary hardware
and machines running operating systems ranging from Unix, VAX, Interdata,
Honeywell to CP/M and, of course, the ubiquitous MS-DOS. He is well versed
in internetworking, high-order languages such as Perl, C, Ada, Fortran,
Pascal, PL/M, Atlas and a host of assembly and obscure machine languages
represented by PAL-8, Macro11, ATAC16, GI-66, SABR.
For the last fifteen
years Mr. Avrutin formed and headed companies specializing in international
marketing, multi-lingual technical translations and U.S. Government contracting.
Mr. Avrutin was in the forefront of entry into the Russian market by the
U.S. interests before and after the breakup of the Soviet Union, acting
as an advisor to the U.S. Government and U.S. corporations. Prior to founding
his own enterprises, Mr. Avrutin designed avionics for U.S. Fortune 100
companies, among them ITT, Honeywell, General Instrument, Westinghouse,
Grumman and Allied-Signal.
Mr. Avrutin is a
co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Global Business Alliances, LLC,
an organization assisting commercial entities in the U.S. and Russia in
expanding their presence in the respective foreign markets. In addition,
Mr. Avrutin is a Joint Venture partner in Cyrillic Films and Cyrillic
Films Music, importers of Russian film and animation. Mr. Avrutin has
also served on the board of directors of Marathon Sports Group, Inc.,
producers of sports radio and TV talk shows.
Yury Avrutin emigrated
with his parents to the United States in 1974. He is an alumnus of the
City College of New York with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics. Mr.
Avrutin is a teacher of Iaido, a Japanese art of swordsmanship, a competition
aerobatics pilot, holds an FAA commercial pilot’s license and an FCC advanced
amateur radio license. Mr. Avrutin is an author of five novels and numerous
short stories some of which he hopes to publish shortly. When not flying
his airplane between East and West Coasts, Mr. Avrutin writes prose in
New York City.