Science for Hire
Wil McCarthy has served as a consultant in a variety of areas.
Creative consulting includes: personal and professional editing, continuity
and fact checking, web content creation, graphic novel and dramatic scripts,
science advice, and the writing of creative fiction and nonfiction.
Technical consulting includes proposal writing, software engineering, LAN
setup and security, robotics, Artificial Intelligence/Artificial Life,
guidance/navigation/control, systems engineering/troubleshooting, and space
Speaking engagements on a variety of subjects can also be arranged.
Rates are negotiable depending on circumstances, financial contstraints,
and how interesting your project is. Creative writing (both fiction
and non-) is charged by the word. Technical projects (including proposal
writing) are charged by the hour. Availability is not guaranteed,
especially if your project is dull. Speaking engagements are charged
by the day.
Résumé / Curriculum Vitae
Graduated Air Academy High School, May '84. B.S. Aerospace Engineering,
University of Colorado at Boulder, May '88. Some graduate coursework in
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Conversational German, Japanese, and Esperanto.
Guidance and Navigation for air, space, and ground vehicles
Software Engineering (incl. scientific programming and embedded software
development in FORTRAN, C/C++, Java, DOS/Windows, UNIX/Linux, others)
Engineering Mathematics, Analysis and Simulation (linear algebra, covariance
analysis, Monte-Carlo, messy trigonometry, strange coordinate systems,
restricted 3-body problem, n-body problem)
Engineering Management/Supervision/Project Planning
Technical and Scientific Writing (incl. proposals)
Creative Writing (prose, dramatic scripts, web content, etc.)
Systems Engineering / Project Engineering
Machine Vision (incl. LIDAR, multispectral, sensor fusion, object recognition,
obstacle avoidance & path planning)
Troubleshooting at the hardware, software, and system design levels
Juggling of multiple tasks
Active Member, Science Fiction and
Fantasy Writers of America. Former President, Northern Colorado Writers'
Workshop. Former Creative Writing Instructor for Colorado Free University
and Jefferson County Adult/Continuing Education Program.
Little Bookshop of Horrors (Arvada, CO), Rue Morgue(Boulder, CO), Mile-High
L5 Society, Front Range L5 Society, Denver Area Science Fiction Association,
ConGo (Denver, CO), MileHiCon (Denver, CO), NumberKhan (Colorado Springs,
CO), World Science Fiction Convention, World Fantasy Convention, Bubonicon
(Albuquerque, NM), Rocky Mountain Book Festival (Denver, Colorado), Pike's
Peak Writers' Conference, AnaConism (Denver, Colorado), The Tattered Cover
Bookstore (Denver, CO), The Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego, CA), University
Bookstore (Seattle, WA), others.
V-Khan (Colorado Springs, CO, July '94): Toastmaster. Black Hills Writers'
Conference (Twin Falls, SD, April '95): Science Fiction GOH. VII-Khan (Colorado
Springs, CO, July '96): Guest of Honor. MileHiCon (Denver, CO, October
'96): Toastmaster. Anaconism (Denver, CO, January '97): Toastmaster.
Bubonicon (Albuquerque, NM, August '97): Toastmaster.
Canada, Mexico, Japan (all major islands except Hokkaido, incl. VIP
tours of space launch facilities at Tanegashima and Kagoshima), Korea (just
the airport), Ireland, Great Britain (England, Wales, Northern Ireland,
Scotland), France. Every U.S. state except Alaska, including a major 6-state
book-signing tour in the summer of '96.
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE:
PADI Rescue Diver certification (44 logged dives, 24:00 hours TBT).
Experienced in underwater assembly, search and recovery, navigation, etc.
Limited martial arts including aikido, fencing.
Past Jobs: Cashier, Night Guard, Information Clerk, Dishwasher, Research
Assistant, Computer Programmer, Bartender.
11/99 - Pres: Senior R&D Engineer, Omnitech
Robotics, Incorporated, Englewood, CO. Various hardware and software
hacking for autonomous vehicle development.
09/98 - 11/00: Systems Engineering Manager, Omnitech
Robotics, Incorporated, Englewood, CO. Development Engineering: Lead
technical liaison between Software, Electrical, Mechanical, and Manufacturing/Test
Engineering groups through design of Mark IV Standardized Robotic System,
a kit to convert any land vehicle for robotic operation.
12/97 - 08/98: Senior Engineer, Lockheed
Martin Corporation, Flight Systems, Denver CO. SBL Mission Analysis:
Design of satellite constellations for maximum Earth coverage under various
requirements, C and FORTRAN programming, animation design, video presentation.
08/88 - 12/97: Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Corporation, Space Launch Systems, Denver CO. Titan Guidance and Navigation:
design and testing of Titan booster guidance algorithms for use in orbital
and interplanetary launches including Skynet, JCSAT, Intelsat, Mars Observer,
MSX, Cassini, Milstar, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, NOAA,
various classified programs.
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