Brian Chee

Brian J.S. Chee now lives in Orlando, Florida, with his heart still longing for his childhood home of Hawaii. With a mechanical engineer father and a biologist mother, he, of course, avoided the "wet sciences" and went for a degree in Computer Science. As one of the first 10 Certified Netware Instructors in the world, he was directly involved with building some of the early Netware courseware. With a background in teaching Physics and Computer Science, Brian became the primary Netware instructor in Hawaii in addition to working as inside sales for PC distribution, and outside sales for products like X.25/SNA/SDLC/HDLC and other data communications test equipment. He served on the Coalition for Competitive Communications, which achieved the destruction of the Hawaiian Telephone monopoly a full year before the federal deregulation of the intraLATA communications market nationwide. Other jobs included a stop with Xerox as an interfacing specialist, a support manager for a Netware Value Added Reseller, and eventually, a stint as Senior Computer Scientist for the General Services Administration-Office of Information Security where he designed, built and supported secure data/video/voice communications systems around the globe.

Brian is now on his second retirement (Federal IT Specialist and then the University of Hawaii as a researcher) and living in Orlando, Florida with plans to volunteer at Give Kids the World and to continue his work on open-source science instrumentation. He and Curtis Franklin have co-authored two textbooks on Cloud Computing and Cloud Security with dreams of writing a series of STEM-based fiction for young adults. One challenge will be to have enough bandwidth to continue TWiET while on the road visiting the sites in the continental US. So perhaps someday he'll do TWiET from the edge of the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone.


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