Bill’s tech career began when he was a kid building Meccano sets (no electronics back then, just nuts and bolts, hinges, pulleys, and levers), which led him to fixing up old cars (mostly by necessity–his parents were understanding enough to loan him space in their garage for indeterminate intervals), to winning a New York State regional Calculus competition, and on to Cornell University where he earned a Double Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science and a place in two Engineering Honor Societies: Alpha Sigma Mu, and Tau Beta Pi. Bill is currently earning his MA in Science Writing at Johns Hopkins University.
Armed with the know-how to design and build processors, Bill joined Accenture (Arthur Andersen at the time, and later Andersen Consulting), where he learned how to program those processors and eventually to manage very large teams of developers. At Accenture, Bill specialized in software architecture, telecommunications, and software services. During his tenure, he and his team were awarded a patent in software service architectures. In addition to managing one of Accenture’s largest global telecommunications client teams, he became a Managing Partner of the North American Technology organization for the Telecommunications and Media practice.
After more than two decades at Accenture, Bill took the road less traveled (by tech standards) to focus on his fiction. He launched his own indie press, Jacked Arts, and set to work rousing from their long sleep the literary seeds that had been sown by several exceptional Writing and Literature professors at Cornell (Archie Ammons and Lydia Fakundiny to name but two). And while you can take the boy out of tech, you can’t take tech out of the boy: even though writing (and marketing that writing) comprises a majority of Bill’s days, he remains close to all things tech, not only in his works of fiction, but also by sharing his time and expertise with venture capital partners to evaluate promising tech opportunities and by advising tech startups.
Oh, and in the spirit of tech art, every now and then Bill sets charcoal to sketch pad and produces one of his ridiculous satellite cartoons called Bird’s Eye View…