I have over 35 years experience in the computer field, spanning research,
product development, product support, and systems and network design and
support. I have worked extensively in commercial, clinical, and academic
environments, in roles ranging from developer to chief architect to project
manager. My specialized technical background (hardware and software) includes
computer security, safety, and reliability, signal and image processing, medical
imaging, computer graphics, visualization, distributed computer systems, databases,
networking, electronic hardware design, and software testing environments. I
received my Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Utah, and
my B.S. in Physics (minor in Mathematics) from Indiana University of
Prior to founding Saya Systems in 2003, my employment included (most recent first).
- RAHD Oncology Products - Chief Software Architect and Technology
Development Manager, as well as Software Developer (RAHD shutdown in 2006).
- University of Utah - Senior System Programmer in both the Computer
Science Dept. and Campus Networking, and Manager of Networking and
Unix Systems in the Computer Center.
- University of Utah
Medical Center - Visiting Scholar in the Radiation Oncology
Dept., and medical imaging research in the Medical Physics Dept.
- New York
University Medical Center, Radiology Dept. - Digital Imaging Specialist
- Indiana University of PA - analog and digital electronics
design, building, repair.
Since founding Saya Systems in 2003, my employment has included (most recent first)
- University of Utah, School of Computing,
Natural Language Processing Lab - Senior Research Associate
- HP Labs, Technology
Initiatives - Software R&D Consultant
- University of Southern California, Southern California Earthquake
Center (SCEC) - Software R&D Consultant
- University of Washington, Incorporated Research Institutions for
Seismology (IRIS) - Software R&D Consultant
What I can bring to the table ...
From this diverse experience I quickly adapt to new endeavors and
hit the ground running.
Moreover, I have (of necessity) acquired an
understanding of certain issues in the computer field that are essential to the
development of cost-effective software and system solutions. In particular, I
believe the following are mandatory:
- To understand the reasons behind the ever increasing complexity of software
and hardware systems.
- To be aware of not only the benefits of such complexity, but also the hidden
costs (and problems) it often creates.
- To recognize how these costs permeate the life of a given product -- from
the cost of design, development, deployment, and support -- to the end user's
cost of comprehension, integration, and maintenance.
- To realize that such complexity is not always necessary -- to recognize when
-- and to see the alternatives.
- To appreciate that cost-effective solutions will require a delicate balance
among one's goals, research concepts, and practical application -- and to know how
to achieve that balance.
- To comprehend the critical importance of a constant focus on simplicity and
architectural integrity -- and to know how to turn that focus into a quality
software or system solution.
These beliefs have been tested and proven to satisfy many business and academic
needs, from research through successful product development and support.
Please see References for some comments
from clients and associates, and feel free to contact any of them.
Michael's online vita.
Yukiko Yoneoka, Graphic Design and Marketing
Yukiko was gifted with natural artistic and visual talents. These were
reinforced and cultivated while growing up in Japan, where such gifts
are not only cherished, but are an integral part of an overall
philosophy of being. Yukiko also has a seemingly innate ability to
assess product markets suprisingly well. She has previously expressed
these talents in various ways, most notably in her jewelry creations
and collectables in her previous business, Saya Treasures. Yukiko now
brings these talents to Saya Systems Inc., in web site design and
graphic art, and in product development and market analysis.
In addition to her role with Saya Systems, Yukiko maintains her
full-time position at the Utah State Department of Health, as a
Research Analyst in the Statewide
Immunization Information System. Yukiko received a B.S. in
Japanese Literature from Nihon University in Tokyo. She then moved to
the United States and received both a B.S. in Environment and Behavior
and an M.S. in Family Ecology from the University of Utah.