What I Do

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me; the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.

Jerome K. Jerome


  • Autodesk: Coming full circle (sort of) in my career in software, HSL was acquired in late 2007 by Autodesk. So now I am an Autodesk Employee. They give their employees 6-week sabbaticals every 4 years. With any luck I can take two of them before I retire.

ADSK CIM Team - Atlanta

  • Hanna Strategies LLC (HSL): I started working for HSL in early 2004. I worked for the managing director, Samir Hanna, during my 3D/EYE / VDS / Alventive days. HSL provides consulting services, mostly in the form of software development, to the MCAD industry. I am responsible for product design for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. 

 

Final Shot Before the Acquisition - Christmas 2007 (I am not in this one)

May 2005

March 2004

  • Alpharetta RV: Now for something completely different! After unsuccessfully looking for a high-tech job for 6 months, I started working at a small company in north Atlanta that rents and services motor homes. They also retro fit busses turning them into custom motor homes, limo's, etc. I and doing carpentry, plumbing, electrical installation and all kinds of odd jobs. It great for a change to be working with my hands and not having to worry about the job after I leave for the day!
     

  • iManage: When I was laid off from Alventive I was really hoping to take some time off!  Unfortunately (?) I got a new job as a Director with iManage in a week.  A refreshing change, iManage is a small public company that provides document management and collaboration solutions based on Internet and desktop applications for the business-to-business market. This job lasted about 1 1/2 years and - once again - I got caught in the mess that has plagued the high technology sector since the bubble burst. The company laid off a significant number of employees to appease the investors. Easy come - easy go. In late 2003 iManage was acquired by Interwoven.

  • 3D/EYE / VDS / Alventive:

    I left HP in 1995 to seek my fortune with the startup 3D/EYE.  I was also sick of the politics at HP. 3D/EYE was a computer graphics software developer that worked a lot for HP.  They decided to do there own thing in the early 90's.  The result was a product called TriSpectives.  The idea was to enable a broader range of users to benefit from solid modeling technology by making it easier to use and way less costly.  Just about the time it was starting got catch on we ran out of money.  It was a wild ride!

    In early 1997 3D/EYE was acquired by Visionary Design Systems (VDS). VDS was a reseller of CoCreate software and HP computers looking to get their own products.  We hired a flamboyant Marketing Manager, transformed TriSpectives into a Mechanical CAD product called IronCAD and raised the price from $500 to $4000.  This lasted for about 3 years and was starting to catch on when VDS decided that being a CAD player was not a way to go public.

VDS ~ 1998 (I'm not in this one either!)

In 1998 VDS decided that if they were going to go public they needed to transform themselves (again - see a pattern here?) into a Business-to-Business (B2B) Internet player.  So they hired a flamboyant Marketing Manager (another trend here!), stared developing products they had very little experience with and in April of 1999 renamed themselves Alventive.  Alventive is desperately trying to be a B2B C-Commerce (Collaborative Commerce) company providing solutions for manufacturing companies with large sums of money desperately trying to figure out how to survive in the new economy.  I was laid off in a massive downsizing effort to conserve cash until they could figure out what exactly they were selling and why anybody would care. In late 2003 Alventive closed down and sold their assets to BlueSky Solutions LLC.

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All I can say about this massive fuck-up

  • CoCreate.  The last company I worked for that got me into this mess.  Makes hard-core UNIX Mechanical CAD, Product Data Management (PDM) and collaboration applications.  Once was a division of HP, then a wholly owned subsidiary of HP, and now an independent company.  I started working for CoCreate in Germany while it was still a division of HP.  I returned to Colorado.  The whole thing nearly self-destructed in 1994/95 due to internal politics.  I worked there for 11+ years.

    Late 2007 Update: As some sort of cosmic joke, CoCreate was acquired by Parametric Technologies the same day HSL was acquired by Autodesk. I am glad that God has a sense of humor.
     

  • Hewlett-Packard (HP). I joined HP based on my experience with digital signal analysis equipment and computers manufactured by HP that I used at Boeing.  I changed career's - going from engineering to marketing because of the promise of travel and a new challenge.  After several years I moved into a new group developing and marketing CAD applications - primarily to have the opportunity to live and work in Europe.  This group ultimately became CoCreate.
     

  • Boeing I started my career here testing airplanes.  Very cool job but ultimately not very exciting.  I worked with digital signal analysis equipment and computers manufactured by Hewlett Packard based on the experience I had in grad school. I developed software and operated the equipment to support ground vibration, flight flutter, wind tunnel and general vibration testing.  The highlight was getting to fly around in airplanes doing wild maneuvers while running the tests.  Check out some photos of some of the things I did here.

Education

  • University of Washington.  I got my Masters degree in Nuclear Engineering here.  Learned cool stuff like Fourier transforms that got me into structural vibrations that led to my first job at Boeing.  I am famous for spilling a large quantity of water into the small nuclear reactor on campus.  Sort of a very small Three Mile Island. :-)

  • California State University @ San Luis Obispo.  Very cool school in a very cool part of the world.  I loved going to school here.  I got into Mechanical Engineering in a big way after more or less randomly selecting the program from a bunch of pamphlets.  Graduated with Highest Honors.

  • Brevard Community College Sort of like High School where nobody told you to do your homework.  Mostly boring except for a Physics class that opened my eyes to what it's really like to learn.  I can't remember the teacher's name - but who ever you are - thanks.


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