Institute for Advanced Professional Studies

Dr. William B. Robinson

Senior Member, Technical Staff

Dr. William Robinson has over 25 years of experience as a technical leader, manager, and teacher in a variety of fields of Software Engineering. For the past 20 years his focus has been in Object Technology.

In his role at IAPS, he provides technical consultation, training and course materials development in all aspects of Object Technology, including:

  • Object Oriented Analysis and Design with UML
  • C++ and Java Programming
  • Distributed Computing
  • Design Patterns (C++ and Java)
  • Distributed System Design with CORBA (ACE, TAO, CIAO, POA, etc.)

He also provides consulting in the initial adoption and enhanced use of software development techniques by application and product development groups and IT organizations. Dr. Robinson has been associated with IAPS since 1994.

Since 2002, Dr. Robinson has been at Harvard University, where he divides his time between software architecture for the distance education program at Harvard Extension School and being research advisor for Harvard's ALM in IT (Masters of Liberal Arts in Information Technology) program. In addition, he teaches three courses a year in Harvard Extension: Software Design, Software Architecture and Engineering, and Discrete Mathematics.

Before joining the staff at Harvard, from 1997 to 2002 Dr. Robinson was a senior technologist at GTE Laboratories until its merger into Verizon, after which he served as senior technologist in the enterprise architecture group within Verizon IT. His areas of responsibility included object and other emerging software technologies, distributed computing and workflow management.

From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Robinson was the Director of the Client Technical Architecture group at Fidelity Investments. In that role he was the chief architect for a distributed trading application deployed on NT workstations. In addition to providing a framework for reusable components, his work was instrumental in corporate adoption of the Object-Oriented development methodology. He also addressed project management issues related to O-O development, including adaptation of the iterative, O-O development life-cycle and significant process improvement aimed at achieving Level 2 of the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model (CMM).

Prior to joining Fidelity, Dr. Robinson was a founder of HyperDesk Corporation, which was the first company to produce a commercial product compliant with the CORBA specification from the Object Management Group. He represented HyperDesk at OMG meetings, including the discussions with Sun, Digital and Hewlett-Packard that led to version 1.0 of the CORBA specification. He also served as Vice President of R&D at HyperDesk, providing technical leadership to a group of 41 software developers, test engineers, and technical writers.

BS, Mathematics, Loyola University
MS, Ph.D., Mathematics, Tulane University

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