Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Throughout my technical career, I have done extensive technical writing, often for motivational purposes and have given keynote presentations to sales forces. I have led and managed teams of technical developers and always balanced their needs with corporate realities. I have given in-depth seminars to professionals and taught university students computer science. Working as a professional photographer gives me a keen sense of how to balance words and images for a specific impact.
I bring maturity, experience and a relentless, honed curiosity to every job. To each new challenge, I bring the same creative energy that takes me to the top of Earth’s great peaks. I have traveled extensively, love the planet and world we live on and in, and understand many of its complexities, both environmental and political. I am deeply motivated to solve planet-sized problems, and I particularly enjoy jobs that take me to intellectual heights.
Authoring over twenty books, CDs, DVDs, and shows has given me ample opportunity to organize complex
information sets and present them in a palatable way. Working as a professional photographer
and videographer has given me a keen sense of how to balance words, images, and video for a specific impact.
Please visit my website portfolio
for samples of my web, photography, and graphics work.
I worked extensively with Missions 1 through 6 for the release of Ares 2.0. I tested the Missions on multiple Mac platforms, and worked closely with the development team in Tupelo MS. I wrote Python scripts for several Missions to automate the test process.
I created and executed a comprehensive strategy for the company’s product that provided back-up,
restore, and provisioning for Microsoft Exchange systems.
I created, populated, and maintained an internal test web site parallel to NetLibrary’s live site.
My system was in compliable Perl, and utilized some of NetLibrary’s proprietary Web tools.
I worked with the Editors who used my system to ensure that their e-books were publishable.
I rewrote the software control and build processes for REELS, which was a backup product.
The processes were based on UNIX make, Codemanager, Perl, and Bourne shell scripts. My system successfully built
and tested multiple products on 30 different UNIX platforms every night. Some of the builds were at remote sites.
I was also a technical lead for the code improvement team.
I rewrote a large database application from Borland Owl to the MFC under Visual C++.
I was in charge of the application’s communications software.
I ported the Iceberg software simulator from DOS to UNIX. The simulator allowed application code developers
to test their code before Iceberg hardware was fully developed. The simulator consisted of 130,000 lines of C code,
and the porting effort was a large, exacting job. The simulator made heavy use of the UNIX tools LEX, YACC and Curses.
In addition to the port, I created a large battery of C-shell scripts to control and monitor simulator execution
on a variety of UNIX platforms. I also ported the Iceberg software control and build process to Perl scripts under
ClearCase configuration management.
I managed a team of software engineers developing in C. We created, installed, and maintained custom application
software for the archival storage and retrieval of diverse data sets.
I designed, wrote, tested, and maintained code for PVI’s graphic software products.
I worked on their flagship product PicSure Plus that layered a user-friendly interface on top of PVI’s
graphic subroutine package DI-3000. I was also the support engineer for five PVI products.
I taught three-day UNIX and C courses nationwide. I also taught courses in Data Structures,
Pascal, and Software Testing.
I designed, wrote, tested, and maintained word processing software for the company that defined word processing standards.
I maintained 64K of terse assembler code that fueled NBI’s original workstation, the 3000.
I also designed a spell checker.
I maintained and ported Cibar’s custom report writer package for Morgan Guarantee and Trust of New York. This report writer consisted of three Pascal programs. One program translated the user’s report, coded in our special fourth-generation language RDL, to assembler. My main responsibility was the data translator that extracted data from the database. I rewrote the highly recursive data translator in Cobol—a challenging task. A third program provided a high-level quick-look facility into the database. I also designed a system monitor program for an on-line transaction system.
I reduced, compressed, analyzed, and presented digitized coronal photographs taken from Skylab. This work pressed the limits
of credible data reduction, and required considerable judgment to maintain the validity of the results.
I received, reduced, and stored large quantities of data. I wrote custom retrieval, analysis, and presentation software
in Fortran for cosmic ray data gathered from worldwide data collection stations including DRI’s own
I worked closely with a senior scientist, and wrote Fortran programs for his research on stellar interiors.
This research was largely theoretical, and our work pressed the limits of numerical analysis.
B.S. in Mathematics, University of Washington
M.S. Graduate studies in Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley
Famous Photographers School - Still Photography program
Course work in Physics at the University of Denver
Took and got an A in a creative writing class at CU
Certificates from CU in Graphics, HTML, and Accessibility
Certificate from The Art Institute of Colorado in Broadcast Video Design
I am the 12th American to climb Mount Everest, the 2nd person to climb the highest peak on all seven continents,
the 1st person to climb North America’s 13 highest peaks, and the 7th person to climb the three crowning summits
in Denali National Park—Denali, Foraker, and Hunter.
I received the Sierra Club’s coveted Francis P. Farquhar Mountaineering Award for a lifetime of mountaineering achievement in 2005.
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