Internet Innovation & Software Development Expert 519759 AL

Expertise Description

I have more than 40 years experience in computing, including over 35 working on Internet protocols and applications. I have been a pioneer in multimedia email, online payment systems, and online point of sales systems, and have been closely tracking and participating in a number of related fields. I am best known as author of the MIME standard, which is used trillions of times every day, in virtually every email and web page on the Internet. I have also offered my services as an Internet technology expert witness for over a decade with consultations and deposition.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

I have been an expert witness or consultant in 14 patent points to date. Most of them deal with either email systems or electronic payment systems, but I have also worked on a few others. I have never testified, because none of my cases have gone to trial, but I have been told multiple times that my work helped bring about a favorable settlement.

Consulting Experience

I have consulted with multiple startup companies, and helped launch or advance ventures that included two IPO’s. Most of my recent consulting, however, has been as an expert witness.

Professional Experiences

I served over 5 years as a Distinguished Engineer for IBM. I have been Chief Scientist, Chief Technology Officer, or CEO of several startups. Earlier, I was the author of the Andrew Message System, a pioneering multimedia email system, the MIME standard for multimedia data, and metamail program for adding MIME support to pre-MIME software. I have also taught on the faculties of Carnegie Mellon University, Grinnell College, and the University of Michigan.


Degree Subject Institution
Ph.D. Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University
M.S. Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University
B.A. Mathematics and Religious Studies Grinnell College

Awards & Affiliation

Honorary Doctorate, Grinnell College
IBM Distinguished Engineer
First Robert Noyce Visiting Professor, Grinnell College
NYU Olive Branch Award
NSF Fellowship