Technology Pioneer Carl Samos
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You may be asking yourself, "Who is this technology pioneer
Carl Samos? How did he get to be a technology pioneer and a proven
technology giant?" Well wait no longer, until we have articles
and questions available, we present a short biography of technology
pioneer Carl Samos.
About Technology Pioneer Carl Samos
premiere technology pioneer is Carl Samos, whose professional experience
spans 13 years of development, pioneering, architecture and design
of complex systems, modeling applications, client/server applications,
collaborative technologies and pioneering Internet and web technologies,
as well as extensive management experience of development organizations
Carl began his career at the University of Illinois, where he earned
a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Technology Pioneer Science.
Carl earned many awards in school, including being an Illinois State
Pioneer and being on the University's Dean's List. While still a
student, Carl led the development at the Computational Modeling
Lab, a group dedicated to creating pioneering mathematical modeling
applications, typically of a social nature. The lab's premiere application
was iwgAIDS, which became the official US Government program for
forecasting the AIDS pandemic worldwide. iwgAIDS included differential
equations based demographic and epidemiological modeling, allowed
users to make projections over time, add interventions, view 2D,
3D still and motion graphs, spreadsheets, and more. It is primarily
used by the CDC, WHO and many others. Carl won a National Science
Foundation pioneer fellowship in Computer Science -- one of only
two given out each year -- for his work in developing iwgAIDS. Another
major application developed at the lab was Minerva, a population-modeling
tool that included projections, graphing, interventions and many
other features, which is used by pioneering US Government agencies.
After leading CML for 7 years, Carl joined the National Center
for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA), where he pioneered the development
of Mosaic, the famous World Wide Web browser that sparked the explosive
growth of the web. Carl turned Mosaic from a pioneering research
tool into a commercially viable, stable, robust application, which
to this day has many innovative features present in no other browser.
Mosaic was licensed to several companies, most notably Micro$oft,
who utilized the software code to create Internet Explorer.
Carl's next pioneering accomplishment was his participation in
the start-up and technology development of pcOrder.com, a leading
electronic commerce technology provider for the computer industry.
Carl was instrumental in designing and building pioneering technology
to be used by the major vendors (IBM, HP, and Compaq), distributors
(Ingram Micro, TechData, Avnet, and GE Capital) and thousands of
resellers in the computer industry, as well as growing the company
from 12 to 200+ people. PcOrder.com pioneered a successful initial
public offering in February 1999 (NASDAQ: PCOR).
In January 1999, Carl left pcOrder to begin what he hoped would
be a long vacation, but a couple weeks into it, he met with Dewey
(KnowItAll CEO) to discuss an idea that Dewey had. By February,
they decided to form a pioneering new company, KnowItAll, to turn
the idea into a reality. Being a relatively small group, Carl is
involved in all aspects of the technology development, including
the architecture, design and development of the software, and the
management of the development team, as well as having many executive