Michael Sands June 2010
(408) 773-1170
Sunnyvale, CA 94087 seeker@sandsmuseum.com
I want to contribute to the formation and direction of a company, focused on providing products for the computer illiterate. I want to contribute by leading an engineering team in the design and development of real products. Developing products for children is even more attractive.

January 2001- present

Sunnyvale, California

Home based business. We create websites on a contract basis, using standard tools. Proficient in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and networking tools. Site developed using PHP, Perl, MySQL, and CSS. Reference sites available upon request. We also restore antique arcade games in our spare time.

October 1999 - January 2001

Menlo Park, California

I was the vice president of engineering for Teachscape. Teachscape is a content and service company, providing teacher professional develoment information for K-12 teachers, delivered over the Internet. I am creating the web site and it will have many of the same characteristics of a commercial grade portal.

The site provides video streams of best of practice teaching, various course collateral material, a sense of community with threaded discussion lists and chat, reference material including standards, technical support, and all the administration tools associated with a service organization.

I am also responsible for various other corporate functional areas like information technologies, system purchasing and administration, network connectivity and administration, quality assurance, and final customer technical support.
Purple Moon

December 1996 - January 1999

Mountain View, California

I was the Director of Technology for Purple Moon, a multimedia publisher focusing on the young girls' market. I was responsible for the core technology group, quality assurance, and information systems. The company focused on three areas, CD ROM titles, merchandise, and a web site (1998 winner of the Codie award for best site debut).

As a member of the executive staff, I established relationships with developers, monitored progress, prospected for new technologies appropriate to our customer and applications, established a tolerable level of risk, and monitored technological trends important to the company. I responded to technical support, brand management, production, and marketing needs.

I established the quality assurance strategies, specifications, and team. I used vendors and in-house resources to design in quality and inform staff about the quality levels of the product and web site.
The information systems function supported the company computer structure, including individual machines, servers, Intranet access, and communications. Multiple sites, diverse artist and technical workers, proprietary web site software, Macs and PCs, and database management were all challenges.
Philips Multimedia Center

September 1995 - May 1996

Palo Alto, California

As Director of System Architectures, I managed the software efforts of the Center. This included the software definition and development of a new digital platform for the home (later to become the DVX 8000), starting in the audio-visual center in the living room, but scaleable to the whole home. The platform definition consisted of a new user interface, methods for devices to identify and self configure, and strategies for handling legacy devices.

I conceived, prototyped, and sold the idea of an Intranet site for the Center, and started the initial development efforts. Various technologies, both hardware and software, were evaluated and various strategies formulated to gain Philips a presence on the Internet
Kaleida Labs

October 1993 - September 1995

Mt. View, California

As vice president of engineering, I was responsible for the development of the product, ScriptX. I shipped the 1.0 release. Responsibilities included engineering input to the executive staff and board, communicating with our investors, Apple and IBM, and participating in setting the technical and strategic direction of the company. I managed the architectural group, the core engineering group, and the distributed ScriptX group.
Apple Computer

April 1987 - October 1993

Cupertino, California

I was the engineering manager responsible for the advanced graphics group in the Macintosh Systems Software organization. My responsibilities included the 2D graphics for QuickDraw GX, QuickDraw 3D, and color. I conceived of, staffed, and coordinated efforts across the company to create a 3D toolbox for Apple. My contributions included the user interface, common file format, and the 3D library.

Previously, I was the engineering manager responsible for frame buffers and accelerators, I helped create and staff the original software team for the System Extension Group.

Independently from Apple, I developed a system for graphical display of dynamic accelerometer analysis data, downloaded from dedicated sensors in an automobile. It was used to measure the handling performance of a race car.

October 1977 - April 1987

Cupertino, California

I was the project manager responsible for the system integration and shipping of the HP 3000 series 925. This was a version of the 9000 series 825, only running MPE XL . I participated in the definition of a new product, an office automation workstation. It was a Macintosh II like machine.

I was the project manager responsible for the user interface and multi-user aspects of the MPE XL, the precision architecture, commercial operating system running on the HP-PA 3000 series machines. I helped develop the original systems architecture, provided direction for the conversion from CISC to RISC, hired the original team, and helped create the operating system specification. I interacted with the other teams participating in the development, promoted the system with various technical groups, analyzed competing systems, promoted new software development methods, and created the test plans.

As a respected senior project manager, I participated in a diverse set of administrative activities such as creating project management training materials, co-leading the affirmative action workshop for managers, college recruiting activities, and localization cookbook definition. The latter provided for quick development of internationally acceptable products.
University of Washington B.A. Mathematics
San Jose State University Cybernetic Systems work