Sandra Newton, Ph.D.
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- Built an organization, transforming groups of engineers from different corporate cultures into a tightly cohesive team able to develop products.
- Managed projects with $10M budgets and cross-organizational staffs of 60-100.
- Removed obstacles for technical staff, facilitating a productive work environment, enabling high productivity.
- Management style that encourages each employee to be the best possible contributor to the team effort.
- International experience including management of teams in Europe and Asia.
- Ability to communicate, innovate, be part of a team.
- Pragmatic approach to building an organization that is the best possible in order to reach the goals of the company.
Extensive information systems expertise and strong technical and management background including:
- Electronic commerce
- Strategic planning
- Business intelligence management
- On-line services and interactive entertainment
- Client-server architectures and distributed systems on multiple platforms
- Object-oriented systems design and implementation
- Natural language strategies, including text analysis and indexing
- High performance relational databases
- Business process re-engineering
- Technology transfer and software re-licensing, including internationalization issues
- Management of large, high risk, complex projects
- Completed projects in financial, manufacturing, transportation, IT and pharmaceutical sectors
- Global rollouts and logistics management
2001 to Present
In depth evaluation of outsourcing and its implications for global IT functions. White Paper: Outsourcing Observations: a Report from the Field
Investigation of web interface to governmental database of legal documents.
Global rollout of a fulfillment system consisting of proprietary middleware, secure database, and web interface.
- Developed database strategy for pre-IPO company managing real-time financial information, moving from non-secure flat files to DB2 on Sun workstations.
2000 to 2001
Reporting to the CTO, managed an engineering staff of 27 in eCommerce consulting engagements. Delivered technology solutions, engaging in significant client contact and engagement management. Contributor to technical strategy of the company.
- Managed a cross-organizational team of 60 that built major storefront, portal, and eCommerce site for a Fortune 100 company.
- Developed a wireless application to securely manage point of sale transactions via wireless devices. Application allowed platinum users to place secure orders on
wireless devices to order products. In addition to secure management of a backend Oracle database and user validation, this system was optimized for wireless performance.
1997 to 2000
1995 to 1997
Bolt Baranak and Newman (BBN)
Application and database consultant in the Science and Technology group at BBN. Managed project to enable the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to move to on-line 24x7 trading. Primary focus on implications of large databases and other applications running over WANs and LANs. Additional experience in moving from centralized mainframe systems to distributed client server systems. Expertise in the unique requirements of non-traditional data, such as text and image, and their roles in electronic commerce. Additional focus on security issues.
1994 to 1995
Director of Strategic Architectures
Responsible for developing an architecture and standards for a worldwide presence on the Internet. Planned first entry to WorldWideWeb. Developed relationships with high-end production houses for long-term exploitation of the Internet. Began planning for development of artist's workbench and virtual artists' community of the future. Researched hardware and network issues, costs, and return on investment for new media. Provided bridge between technologists, artists, and business people, and served as technical liaison between US holdings (Dell, Bantam, Doubleday; BMG Music, etc.) and German corporate headquarters.
Dialog Information Services
Director of Applied Research
Responsible for evaluating and bringing in-house new technologies directly applicable to the information services industry as the company migrated from traditional mainframe to distributed client-server systems. Specifically focused on expanding business to include multimedia, and associated search and data visualization issues, using SGML to provide formatted text, voice and video. Launched a major joint development project with SRI International in Menlo Park to significantly increase the value of real-time newspaper feeds, by analyzing text for content. Liaison with Knight Ridders' Newspaper of the Future laboratory in Boulder.
1991 to 1992
Data Architect and Project Manager
Managed $3M project migrating from IBM mainframes to client-server distributed systems on RS600 machines. Project included modeling data using Bachmann toolkit to match core business needs, and MicroSoft Project. Redesigned call-center data access to increase productivity of help desk personnel.
1988 to 1990
Clients included large pharmaceutical company needing advanced data analysis to small PC-based companies requiring re-engineering of navigational systems and User Interface design.
1981 to 1987
- Artificial Intelligence Project Office
Developed corporate natural language strategy. Contributed to corporate directions for expert systems. Evaluated systems and coordinated efforts around the company to develop and deploy new technology including evaluation and technical negotiation with AI companies. Implemented technology transfer as a member of a five-person team that identified, defined and funded 147 successful expert systems projects.
SAA - User Interface Architecture
Responsible for national language section for SAA as well as reviewing and contributing to the general architecture. Worked with both system developers and local developers to enable local (international) versions of software products, including double-byte and bi-directional languages. Developed a plan for an SAA expert system.
- Advanced Database Technical Planning
Defined plans for future directions in DB2 development, including technical planning for natural language front ends to databases. Designed and managed human-factors testing of Query Management Facility, including coordination of multi-department efforts.
1975 to 1981
Linguistics Research Center
Senior Research Scientist, Metal Project
Faculty-level research scientist on machine translation project to aid in translation of text from German into English in the telecommunications field for Siemens Corporation. Developed case based system for noun classification. In a second, unrelated NL project, designed and built a relational database to handle textual data. Involved significant grammatical classification based on entries
of an etymological dictionary.
Defined a model of database user class to aid in development of the query language QUEX. Involved original work for NSF in defining user types as well as mapping them into a particular mode of system interaction.
MS, Computer Science; University of Texas at Austin
PhD, Linguistics; University of Texas at Austin
MA, Hindi; University of Texas at Austin
BA, German and Asian Studies; University of Texas at Austin
"Outsourcing Observations: a Report from the Field" White paper at RHL Consulting, January, 2006
"Technology Transfer in Software Development" Proceedings of the Seventh Annual International Conference on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Baden-Baden, Germany, August 12-18, 1991.
"Expert Systems: When They Don't Work" White Paper at Brown Bear Consulting.
"Expert Systems: Where to Start," Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, Baden-Baden, West Germany, 1988.
"The Query Management Facility: Some Results of Two-Pronged Testing," IBM Technical Report.
"The Use of the QBE Relational Database System for a Gothic Etymological Dictionary." Co-author Linn Johnk. Cybernetics and System Research, R. Trappl (ed) North-Holland Publishing Company, 1982, pp. 791-796.
"A Metric for the Evaluation of Query Languages" Co-author Margaret Ball. Working paper, Intel Systems Corporation. Austin, TX, 1981.