Roger has over seventeen years of experienced in software. He has developed
his talents specifically for contract projects. His command of English is
over 97% jargon-free so Roger can explain solutions in language you will
understand. His skill set is broad so he can adapt to changing project
matter how vague or specific your problem is, he can define the issues and
write the code to match. If you need your z-stage controller to interface
with your embedded system, he can do it. If your touch-screen system stops
working when the hardware is upgraded, he can get them talking again. If
your new printer doesn't do the tricks the old one did, talk to him. Roger
can give you a software solution for your dilemma. His strength is
defining, understanding, and implementing software solutions for anything
you need fixed.
Susan has been working with Axian for 5 years and is a freelance accountant
with over 25 years accounting experience for corporations doing business in
computer software, entertainment, banking, construction, import,
manufacturing, health, real estate, publishing, and retail industries.
Originally from Washington State, Susan worked in San Francisco, Honolulu,
and Los Angeles before returning to the Northwest and Portland, Oregon, in
Dr. Andersen received her Associates Degree in Accounting in 1981 from
Indian Valley Colleges, her Bachelors Degree in Science and Social Science
in 1997 from Portland State University, and just completed 5 years of
medical school, graduating from National College of Naturopathic Medicine
with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2002. She will be continuing
in school, expected to complete her acupuncture degree in 2004.
She has one son, a recent graduate of University of Oregon with a Bachelors
of Fine Arts with an emphasis on photography.
Brian's expertise is in software development and test engineering. He has a
BS in Electrical Engineering and over a decade of experience. He is highly
- C Programming under Unix, DOS, VMS
- VC++, MFC, Win API; Visual Basic for Windows
- DLL's and EXE's for COM servers and clients; ATL
- Test instrument control programming under GPIB control
- SONET fiber optic protocol
- Database design using MS Access 2.0 and 95, Crystal Reports,
- Was certified as ISO 9001 internal auditor at TriQuint Semiconductor
Steve has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and has served as President of
Axian since 1994. From 1984 to 1994 he was a vice president and business
unit manager at two semiconductor capital equipment companies, first ATEQ
and then Cascade Microtech. Responsibilities at both companies included
managing Engineering groups with electrical, mechanical and software
engineers, in addition to product marketing and operations groups. Steve
joined ATEQ as a start-up company developing laser-based semiconductor
lithography systems, and later joined Cascade Microtech to work with
analytical wafer probing systems.
From 1978 to 1984 Steve held a variety of technical management positions at
Spectra-Physics' Laser Scanning Division, including Engineering,
Production, Manufacturing Engineering, Product Marketing and Human
Resources. He managed groups including electronics, software, optical,
mechanical and documentation specialists, and the Management Information
During the mid-'70s, while completing graduate school at Stanford
University, Steve was an R&D Engineer at Hewlett Packard where he developed
software for Hewlett-Packard's first microprocessor, and was the
Manufacturing Engineer for H-P's first DRAM-based minicomputers.
Steve's hobbies include playing/teaching/collecting guitars, including
100-year-old harp guitars, and traveling to exotic places to eat strange food.
Ron has a MS in Systems Engineering with a background in Electrical
Engineering and Operations Research. He has developed GUIS for laser system
touch panel PCs; worked on numerically intensive applications for vector,
arrays, parallel processors including DSP, seismic, simulation, modeling;
Has microcoded math subroutine library development programs and databases
for strategic force analysis Seismic data processing, migration routines,
tuning Visual Basic front end for a banking software package.
Jerry has a PhD in theoretical nuclear physics and has been developing
software on many different platforms since 1979. This includes complex
hydrodynamical simulations used in astrophysics and nuclear physics, and
modeling and development of large scale data systems with graphics for
Jerry has experience on many Unix Platforms, concentrating on using and
developing for Linux since 1994 at both the application, systems
programming and kernel level. He as written a number of different
pplications and device drivers for clients.
Jerry is the primary developer of the Red Hat Linux Developer's courses,
including Linux Device Drivers; Linux Kernel Internals; Linux Programming
Essentials (systems programming). As a senior instructor he has taught
these classes many times. In addition he has taught physics and astronomy
at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level at major universities,
national laboratories and international institutes.
Jerry was the technical reviewer for Rubini and Corbett's, Linux Device
Drivers (2nd Edition) , and Bovet and Cesati's, Understanding the Linux
Kernel, (2nd Edition), both pubished by O'Reilly Inc.
Ali is a senior software developer for Linux, UNIX, X-Windows, Motif, Win32
and MFC, VxWorks. Her expertise is in:
- Real-time, embedded operating system development
- Multi-tasking / multi-threaded issues with inter-processor communication
- Device drivers for Linux and embedded systems
- Use of object-oriented methods for over six years
- Graphical User Interface design and implementation
- Software development in C and C++ for PC's, workstations and embedded
- Writing portable code for a variety of platforms
- JAVA development
In her leisure time, she designs complex games such as logig puzzles in
JDK1.1, write out latin hymns, memorizes
Russian poems and verses of Italian lauda. She also writes a harmony
parts to lauda, write english roundeaux and set them into music.
Scott holds an MBA and a BS in Physics. He is Axian's lead instructor and
VP of Educational Services. His expertise in programming languages and
Application Programming interfaces has grown during twenty years of
developing and teaching courses while consulting with companies on their
leading -edge software projects. Scott has developed and teaches the Axian
progrmming language courses for use under Linux, including C, C++,
Object-Oriented Programming and Java, and is Sun Certified in JAVA.
He is a Microsoft Certified Professional and is an expert in Microsoft API
technologies: Win32, MFC, COM, OLE, ActiveX, ATL. He is also involved in
litigation consulting on cases involving software technology and
Terry has been using and devloping with Linux since 1995. He is the Linux
columnist for Computer Bits Magazine and has been writhing the monthly
"Linux/Etc." column since 1996. His first exposure to Linux was at Boeing
Flight Test. Linux was used on a ruggedized PC to build a terminal
emulator. Once in place, the new box started taking on additional
responsibilities and a large amout of code was ported from HP-UX to Linux
in order to implement these new responsibilities. Linux was used as the
ini9tial development platform for a porject for Amoco Oil Research: the
code was then recompiled and tested on Amoco's many flavors of Unix. He has
administered teh primary Linux system at Axian to assure it has all the
latest security patches , and has installed and configured distributions
from Slackware, RedHat, Debian, Cladera and S.U.S.E.
Terry has developed courseware for a number of Axian's Linux Developer
courses and tought various topics. He has extensive software development
experience in C/C++ for workstations, embedded systems. He has the ability
to use and develop for UNIX, Linux, VMS, Microsoft NT, OS/2. He is an
expert at multi-tasking/multi-threaded issues with inter-processor
William has seventeen years experience developing software for diverse
environments using ADO, ATL, Visual Basic, Java, MFC, Awk, Pascal,
He has a diverse operating systems experience emphasized in Windows NT
(and Win2K). Legacy OS experience includes Windows 9x, OS/2, Windows 3.1,
UNIX, and Apollo's Aegis.
Bill is experienced in developing Windows GUI applications using a variety
of C and C++ based approaches that include MFC, Win16/Win32 "SDK" level,
and Visual Basic. He has accomplished software development tools user with
experience using many source code control systems, development
environments, and programmer's editors.
Bill participated in all phases of product software development including
specification, design, development, and testing. He has excellent technical
communication skills with experience using Microsoft Office and Visio.
George has a BS in Computer Science. He is a software engineering as well
as a Red Hat Linux Developer instructor.
His strengthes are in:
- Unix/Linux systems programming and device driver development
- C programming
- Shell programming
- Linux / Unix Systems administration
- Instructor for Red Hat Linux Developer courses
In his leasure time, he likes to make a difference in children's lives: he
leads a youth basket ball team as well as a parish.
David Harris, Ph.D., has been developing software for fifteen years for
operating systems ranging from QNX and DOS to Linux, IRIX, and NT. As a
Red Hat contractor he has helped software companies create distribution
CD's for their own Linux-compatible commercial applications, addressing
issues including kernel rebuilds and security. David developed labs for
the Linux Kernel Internals course and teaches both Kernel Internals and Red
Hat Linux Device Drivers. Former member of the Mt. St. Helens volcano
monitoring team, 1980.
Stuart has a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics. He has many years experience in
developing with Unix systems. He is an expert at optimizing applications
from a high-level, functional perspective, and at solving computational
problems utilizing new hardware and software technologies. He managed a
project to optimize the Linpack benchmark for hte 20 processor Sun
Ultraspar system. Extensive parallelization, tuning and performance
modeling experience. Stuart has worked on modeling and kernel development
for the Intel Teraflops Supercomputer and Intel Pentium Pro optimization.
His professional interests are in optimizing applications from a
high-level, functional perspective.; solving computational problems
utilizing new hardware and software technologies.and modeling computational
performance of new architectures and algorithms.
In his leisure time, Stuart collects and sales old fountain pains, old
coins and books about computers and the history of computing.
Over a career spanning 28 years (10 years in Europe and Asia), Frank's
understanding of business principles come from diverse experiences
in research, marketing, sales, manufacturing, engineering, supply
chain, business management, change management, and employee
communications. Skills include:
Personal interests include:
- Accessing untapped markets involving new offerings or new market segments, new customers, and creating new value propositions
- Creating new business models and the strategic/tactical plans necessary to implement them
- Creating new markets via pull-through demand by working with end users to specify our products and services
- Pursuing international markets
- Managing sales, marketing, businesses and the organizations which grow out of these efforts
- Leading business transformations and associated change management for the people involved
- Food and wine
- Scuba diving
- Squash, Racquetball, Tennis, Golf, and Skiing
- High-tech gadgets
- Standard poodles
Joel has over 12 years experience developing software in both commercial
and research environments. Creating software solutions ranging from
end-user tools to server applications to real-time embedded systems, he
constantly strives for excellence in his work. Recent accomplishments
include designing a broadcast control language for an interactive
television content distribution platform and developing an instrument
server for LAN-based control of an integrated PC-oscilloscope product.
Both a supreme pragmatist and a champion of superior solutions, Joel
passionately works to make any software endeavor he is part of a complete
Jonathan is an Oracle Certified Professional with 10 years of experience in
database application development, deployment, and administration.
Jonathan's experiences range from business analysis and application
development to scalable and multi-platform deployments. With his level of
experience in the database arena, he is able to tackle any of the wide
variety of issues surrounding databases and large-scale deployments. In
addition, he's been recently working on extending his experiences into more
general software development in order to round out the expertise he can
offer. Jonathan is our group's expert representing the world of databases.
Amar is one of a few Axian employees who wears many caps within the company.
Primarily a technical instructor, Amar also serves as a consultant and
engineer for a wide variety of projects, as well as having the duties of
corporate webmaster and system administrator. Amar has been with Axian
since 1996, teaching classes and consulting in the public, private, and
corporate sectors with various flavors of Microsoft Windows, SQL Server,
Web-Database and Active Server Pages development, Visual Basic, and a host
of other Windows-based technologies. Having certifications along the MCSE
track, Amar has also been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for a number
of years. Amar is equally fluent in Linux and Unix based systems as well.
As one of the first Red Hat Certified Engineers (within months of the RHCE
program in 1999), Amar also is one of a few officially recognized Red Hat
Certified Examiners (RHCX) in the world, who have the knowledge,
certification, and expertise to deliver, train, and proctor the sanctioned
Red Hat Linux curriculum and the RHCE exam itself. He also consults and
serves on projects where Linux/Unix web-database technologies are often
used, such as Apache Web Server, MySQL database, and PHP development. He
has also been involved on projects using SGI IRIX, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris and
SunOS, HP HP-UX, BSD, and FreeBSD. While Amar knows, teaches, and is fluent
in the spectrum from Windows to Linux to Unix, he won't favor one over
another for a client or student, until the needs, environment, and
requirements are first determined and established.
Bill has over twenty years experience as a principal engineer, project
manager and system architect in Unix/Linux based development of embedded
products. His successful projects include designing and leading development
of an I/O processor for Unix workstations, real-time control of a
test and measurement instrument for television signals, porting the Mach
operating system to an SMP system using M88K processors. Bill's depth
of experience with respect to marketing and long-range planning has proven
valuable to clients working to migrate legacy products to the emerging
realities of IP-based communications. Bill has successfully assisted
the design of system architectures that economically provide legacy
features while cleanly implementing modern methods. Bill is very familiar
with the internals of the Linux kernel, having successfully taught several
sessions of developer-level courses in the kernel and construction of
device drivers. Bill specializes in assisting companies with legacy
obligations design new products based on Linux.
"Brent has been a software consultant since 1984. In 1991, Brent helped
start what is now Axian, Inc. in the basement of one of the other
founders', and helped build it into what it is today. Brent's technical
strengths are migrating and tuning software applications. He has a solid
understanding of computer architecture and hardware design, compilers and
assembly language, and the techniques needed to squeeze performance out of
the tools and hardware at hand. Recently, Brent has worked on numerous
projects in the semiconductor manufacturing industry, developing image
processing applications for the inspection of photomasks and detection and
sizing of defects. He has used and administered UNIX and Linux systems
for over fifteen years, from desktops and workstations to supercomputers."
Pete is a 40-year veteran of the software and electronics industry, with a
broad range of technical development, operations, finance and management
experience, in organizations ranging from start-ups to divisions of
Tektronix Corporation. A key player in the formation of the software
industry in Oregon, Pete founded and served as past President of the
Software Association of Oregon, and is recognized locally as an authority
on Internet technologies and electronic publishing, among numerous other
Ryan migrated to software development 11 years ago after spending his early
career working for the US government in a variety of foreign policy and
intelligence positions, including stints in the US Senate, State Department
and White House. That early experience engendered an abiding interest in
information systems, especially how IT systems work within and for an
organization. Ryan possesses a rare combination of knowing the technical
details without ever losing sight of IT business purposes. His academic
accomplishments include co-authoring four books on programming languages
and delivering programming language training to professional developers.
His real-world accomplishments include being the Director of Development
for a successful web-based software start-up (LegalAnywhere) and delivering
new applications on new technology on time. Ryan's current emphasis is on
Microsoft .NET technologies, but his three children, bicycling, and Masters
Swimming compete vigorously for his attention.
Val is a technical writer, illustrator, and quality assurance wizard. She
has worked for various companies including Clear Spring Book Co., Etec
Systems, Audodesk, Inc. and MacWizard. She joined Axian in the Spring of 2002.
Ritu has been building business applications leveraging web technologies
for over 4 years. She understands the complete software lifecycle, with
experiences ranging from effective analysis of business processes and
workflow through completion and deployment of numerous data driven
e-commerce ASP websites. She has been responsible for production websites,
and understands how to manage the evolution of interactive web
destinations. In addition, Ritu is also familiar with multi-tier
client/server architectures and has a strong sense for quality user
Chris has been professionally designing and developing a wide variety of
software over the past 10 years. He has proven experience in employing a
variety of object-oriented and component-centric design approaches in the
cost effective and timely development of maintainable, extensible and
scalable software systems. He tries to continuously broaden his arsenal of
familiar technologies and development techniques so as to be able to apply
the best ones to the architectural problem at hand. Chris brings a dose of
common sense to any software development endeavor, has a strong dislike for
"reinventing the wheel," and has the ability to just make it happen for his
Russell has been developing software for the last 11 years and has more
recently been focusing on developing scalable, multi-tier applications and
providing executive technology consulting services for his customers.
Russell was recently the chief architect, designer, and led successful
implementation efforts for both a multi-channel enhanced TV content
distribution platform as well as the entire ASP infrastructure surrounding
a new web technology product. Russell has developed object-oriented
frameworks that resulted in improved productivity of his development teams
and consistently demonstrates that a quality design results in a product
that is flexible to changing requirements, maintainable, and can be
completed under budget and on time. He is experienced in a wide variety of
web, middleware, and component technologies, and has a passion for meeting
customer objectives with real, tangible results.
Kay Norin has an educational background. She's worked with Axian for 7
years and during that time she has coordinated the training activities
which includes scheduling training classes, interfacing with the
instructors and coordinating with customers regarding courses.
She has also provides support in the office environment with facilities and
Dave joined Axian in the summer of 2001 as VP Sales . His previous years
at BBox, Step Technology, Apple Computer, and Xerox bring an excellent
reputation and a wealth of experience and high-tech knowledge of our
John Opalko wrote his very first program (in FORTRAN IV) in 1971 while he
was still in high school. Since then he has performed programming,
operational, and administrative duties on everything from micros to
mainframes. He discovered Unix in 1980 and that has been his operating
system of choice ever since.
John has spent the last two decades developing software and keeping
complex networks and systems running smoothly. He is particularly adept
at untangling old, undocumented code to figure out what it does and how it
does it, and then adding features without breaking functionality. His
network and system administration skills mean that systems are always up
and running smoothly because he deals with problems before they happen.
John is very knowledgeable about the Solaris and Linux operating systems
and knows networking inside and out. His particular interest is in system
security issues, system configuration for security and security tools
Steve's academic Background is a MA, PhD Mathematics, UC Berkeley with
areas of interest in Mathematical Logic, Nonstandard Analysis, Algebra -
Rings and Fields, Applied Math and Numerical Analysis.
His professional experience encompasses over two decades of experience in
high performance scientific computing with expertise in: Numerical Linear
Algebra, Vector and Parallel Computing, Math Libraries, Computer
Arithmetic, Benchmarking, Performance Analysis, Application Software
Testing, Fortran, C, C++, Unix/Linux, and some Windows (usually under
He has been employed by major companies such as: FPS, Cray, SSI, Intel and
joined Axian four years ago. The past few years, he's had opportunities to
work for SUN and Intel (current). Steve's recreational Interests are in
Nordic Skiing (racing) and Road Biking.
Corinne is the Office and Human Resources (HR) manager. She joined Axian
six years ago to build the HR Department from the ground up, wearing
mutliple hats. She designs, plans, and implements human resources programs,
policies, and procedures, makes recommendations to management. She is in
charge of employee relations, benefits and the overall flow of
communications within Axian. A HR Generalist who lived in various
countries, she has a background in Public Relations and Education, with a
MA in Organizational Communications and the first year of a PhD program in
In her leisure time, Corinne runs a French speaking group in town, enjoys
organizing multicultural events, travelling, participating in culinary
adventures, photo-amateur outtings, as well as the bi-cultural and
bilingual upbringing of her toddler -among other things.
Laura has been a system administrator for the last 10 years, is a Sun
Certified system administrator and Sun Certified instructor. Laura also
teaches online Classes at Portland Community College, and is working
towards a Ph.D in Information Systems. She is experienced as an
administrator on several platforms, and has worked with several programming
languages including RPG, COBOL, and Java. Laura also, when class schedules
permit, works on the Axian Legal team as a consultant.
Cynthia has expertise in Graphical User Interface (GUI) design; C, C++, and
object oriented programming. She has experience with UNIX ans MS Windows
environments. She is a Linux User and Deverloper, with extensive
experience with X-Windows, Sockets, Tcl/TK and MFC.
Cynthia developed X/Motif production code to control an autoloader robot
that loaded and unloaded boards to and from a laser drill. A GUI basesd
programming environment was completed for a small, fast bytecode sisal
compiler and interpreter for Unix and MS Windows. This well-received
programming enfironment provides editing, compilation, file management,
program execution etc... She has used sockets on an anlysis tool project to
allow porting to many Unix platforms including SUN, SGI, CRAY, POWER4, HP.
Rosalina is a seasoned developer and a CPA, with over 9 years experience.
Always looking to make computing technology serve businesses and business
objectives, she has worked extensively on both sides of the fence, helping
to bridge the gap between those who develop and those who use computer
information systems. Her passion is in helping companies improve efficiency
and reduce costs by improving the processing of their financial and
operational data as well as by automating and streamlining workflow
processes between departments, partners, and organizations. Her goal is to
help companies use computing technology to serve their business and its
bottom line. Her experience includes building applications ranging from
those that automate manual re-entry and comparison between various programs
to those that eliminate redundant data storage. She has built
database-driven web applications, integrated disparate systems, built
custom interfacing components between accounting packages, and performed
data modeling and design in complex environments. Her ability to understand
both the business as well as technological perspective makes her a rare and
uniquely valuable resource in developing effective MIS solutions that
impact the bottom line.