Luke Breinig

Departmental Technology Analyst

Luke Breinig is a once-and-former doctoral student of the Egyptology program in UCLA’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. His academic interests focus on the astronomical and cosmological beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, as well as knowledge production and dissemination through art and folklore. He currently serves as the departmental technical analyst for the departments of Classics, Art History, Philosophy, and Indo-European Studies in Dodd Hall, having previously worked as a lecturer, technology trainer, sysadmin, and IT technician. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and two children.

Can you play any instruments?
Yes, in a very loose sense of the word “play.” I played guitar and bass in a couple of terrible garage bands in high school and college, and I own a Hammond organ that I found for free on Craigslist about 12 years ago, and have moved across the country twice. Someday I even mean to learn to play it!

Name your top 3 games of all time:

  • The original Phantasy Star on the 8-bit Sega Master System
  • Drakkhen on the Commodore Amiga
  • Altered Beast on Sega Genesis

What is your favorite book?
The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Skills

  • Linux/LAMP stack administration
  • Networking/Security/Cisco/Juniper
  • Omeka
  • WordPress
  • Python
  • Gephi/Cytoscape/Network mapping
  • Certified fiber optics/plant wiring/electronics technician
  • ETA certified technology trainer
  • Egyptian Hieroglyphs/Hieratic/Demotic/Coptic

Publications

  • Astronomy, Cosmology, and Religious Expression in the New Kingdom: A Study of Late Ramesside Cosmological Funerary Scenes. MA Thesis. The University of Memphis, 2012. Available online at https://umwa.memphis.edu/etd/. Retrieved 8-31-2017.

Presentations

  • “Ancient Egyptian Clocks and Timekeeping,” presented to the ARCE Orange County chapter (January 14, 2017)
  • “The Celestial Diagram in Three Ramesside Tombs,” paper presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt in Atlanta, GA (April 14-17, 2016)
  • “The Spatial and Contextual Use of the Celestial Diagram in Three Ramesside tombs,” presented to the Egypt Exploration Organization of Southern California (March 19, 2016)