Terry joined the University of Idaho as a faculty member in 2000. He also is an adjunct faculty member in the Neuroscience and the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology programs.
In 1991, Terry received a bachelor's degree in physics from Reed College, followed in 1994 by a master's degree in physics from Washington State University. In 1998, he received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Idaho. Following completion of his Ph.D., Terry moved to Minnesota where he joined the St. Cloud State University Department of Computer Science as a faculty member and remained there until returning to the University of Idaho.
Terry’s research focuses on the use of simulated evolution to evolve solutions to complex problems. Current projects include evolving control programs that allow multiple agents to cooperate effectively on exploration and classification problems, and evolving control systems modeled on the human nervous system.
In addition to teaching and research, Terry has co-chaired several research conferences, including the European Conference on Genetic Programming (EuroGP) and the annual workshop on Genetic Programming Theory and Practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.