Career Highlights

Academic Carreer (through 2000).   Industry Career (2000 – Present).
Standards Career (1998 – Present).

Academic Career (Through 2000)

  • Worked as a statistician and programmer at the Institute for Cancer Research between high school and college. Wrote code that helped Dr. Baruch Blumberg win Nobel prize for discovery of Hepatitis Associated Antigen.
  • Taught in the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics program.  Had many future well-known scientists and mathematicians as students and colleagues.
  • Worked as a programmer at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park. Simulated earthquakes and developed interactive analysis software for an HP Desktop.
  • Proved a fundamental embedding theorem for semi-algebraic spaces. (PhD Thesis)
  • Worked in semi-algebraic geometry and computational number theory at Michigan State University, the University of Regensburg (Germany), the University of Rennes II (France), University of Dortmund (Alexander von Humboldt fellow), the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Research Professor), and Oregon State University (tenure home).  See publication list.
  • Co-founded one of the first (and still running) National Science Foundation (NSF) funded undergraduate research programs in mathematics. Served on national committees for undergraduate research.
  • Served as Principal Investigator (PI) on a team that first implemented the General Number Field Sieve and set a world factoring record.
  • Co-authored what we believe was the first online Calculus course and was on a team that developed Questwriter – a very early Web-based learning management system (LMS). Paul Allen virtual education award runner-up (honorable mention).
  • Elected to faculty senate multiple times.
  • First faculty member appointed to a newly formed University Honors College.
  • Appointed University Education Reform Coordinator, in charge of introducing outcomes-based education at the University level.
  • Helped write state mathematics proficiencies for the Proficiency-based Admission Standards System (PASS) that was briefly tried in Oregon.


Industry Career (2000 – Present)

  • Changed fields from math to learning technology and started consulting for companies interested in moving training and education online. Resigned tenured position in 2000 to move full-time into industry as “standards evangelist” for Saba Software. Became member of the executive council and director of product management. Designed Saba’s content offering and managed OEM relationships.
  • Co-founded Eduworks Corporation as a two-person consulting company focused on applications of standards. As CEO, evolved it into a leading research and learning technology solutions company with an international reach, substantial US Government R&D funding, and commercial customers ranging from fortune 50 companies to small businesses and not-for-profits.
  • Led teams that researched and developed software in the areas of digital libraries, intelligent tutoring systems, automated content generation and tagging, and competency management. Designed learning systems for large corporations and developed product and market strategies for learning technology vendors.
  • Continued to contribute to basic and applied research – see Publication List.
  • Chaired the Board of  the Oregon Center for Applied Science and helped transform it into a commercially focused company.
  • Currently passionate about transforming training, education, and workforce development through competency-based approaches that include applications of machine learning, natural language processing, blockchains, and other recently enabled technologies.


Standards Career (1998 – Present)

  • Became involved in international standards in 1998 via the IMS Global Learning Consortium, the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (IEEE LTSC) and ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36. Chaired the IEEE LTSC for eight years and am currently vice chair and a Working Group chair. Contributed to numerous standards (see publication list) and brokered collaboration among competing standards development organizations and consortia.
  • Have served on the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activity Board executive committee for over ten years. Established and streamlined policies and procedures for the Board to act as a Computer Society board and separately as an IEEE standards committee (which I now chair).  Am in the process of helping to create and mentor several new standards committees.
  • Am a member of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, Standards review Committee, Industry Connections Committee, Chair of the IEEE Standards Education Committee, and Chair of the Board of Governors ad hoc on open source. Streamlined policies and procedures for the IEEE Standards Association Industry Connections program and have advocated for new business models that enable the broader dissemination and adoption of standards.


Other Shareable Tidbits

  • Played clarinet in a (semi-professional) Philadelphia orchestra; sat in once with the band Oregon, ran laser light shows for the Grateful Dead, and enjoy playing guitar and bass.
  • Was part of a juggling act and taught juggling through Parks and Recs in Corvallis Oregon. Ran the Children’s Village at the Da Vinci Days festival for five years.