The TLG® Team

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Maria Pantelia
TLG Director
Phone (949) 824-7709
Faculty Profile

Maria Pantelia is Professor of Classics and TLG Director. She holds degrees in Classical Philology and Linguistics from the University of Athens (B.A), and the Ohio State University (M.A., Ph.D). She joined the University of California, Irvine in 1996 as the second Director in the history of the TLG. Prior to coming to UCI, she taught Classics at the Ohio State University and the University of New Hampshire where she was recognized as an innovator in instructional technology. Under her direction, the TLG underwent a major transformation. The scope of the project was expanded to include Byzantine and Modern Greek, and the corpus tripled in size. In 1999 the project migrated from the original Ibycus system and developed its first CD ROM produced entirely in house (TLG E). New digitization technologies were introduced and a powerful search engine was developed. The entire collection was brought online in 2001. Maria Pantelia implemented a successful business model and built an endowment that has made the TLG a paradigm of sustainability in digital humanities.  

In addition to directing the TLG, Maria Pantelia has served three terms as Chair of the department of Classics. in 2027-18 she was elected and served as Chair of the Academic Senate (Irvine Division). In 2009 she established the TLG as the Examination Center for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek in Southern California. She has received numerous academic awards, including the national award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics (1996). The Greek American community has also recognized her contributions with the 2003 Academy of Achievement Award (2003) and more recently the Theodore Salutos Award (2014).

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John Salatas
Information Technology Specialist

Phone (949) 824-7031

John Salatas joined the TLG in 2012 as an Information Technology Specialist. He holds a B.S. and MS in Computer Science from the Hellenic Open University. His interests include Java programming, natural language processing and artificial intelligence. He is responsible for back-end programming, database management, and systems administration. In his spare time he enjoys photography and traveling.