Tom Pittard      王建堂

Tom is a technology leader, software development and people manager, who has worked in some of the most successful technical and creative environments of the past four decades including early multimedia, Atari, Apple, SRI International, RSA Security, and AWS.  

His initial formal education was as a professional artist working mostly in the medium of oil and canvas.  In his early 20s Tom established a professional art studio in Monterey California where his large expressionistic works were widely shown and became part of many private collections.  

In the late 1960s and early 70s Tom produced a series of Multimedia Theater and Video presentations including "Urban Mythology", an Emmy winning educational television show, and "AND", an Interactive Multimedia "Rock Music Happening" which employed an original concept digital controller with projected content over live action.  One of the first multimedia companies, "AND, Inc.", was later spun-out of these early experimental productions.

In the mid-1970s Tom returned to school and studied filmmaking at the University of California (UCSC).  At UCSC the filmmaking studios were in the same building as the computer science labs, and Tom spent late nights learning more about computers.  During this time Tom formed a vision of how digital technology might work as a sort of universal medium for all kinds of creative content.  After graduation from UC Tom went to work for Atari Computer Games, where he did a variety of jobs, including contributions to games as well as programming manufacturing automation.  

In early 1981 Tom joined Apple Computer where he worked in both the Product Engineering Group and the Advanced Technology Group (ATG).  He was with Apple for over a decade and made major contributions to many significant projects including video hardware, quality assurance, processor architectures, and network applications.  In 1990 Tom was awarded the Apple Advanced Technology Award for pioneering work with hyperlinked multimedia over broadband networks.  He is the author of Apple Technical Report #14, "Language Action and Computer Network Interaction", which is now part of the Special Collections catalog at Stanford University Library.

During most of the 1990s and up to mid 2008, Tom worked with a series of companies in Director level positions, including Stanford Research Institute, Edge Dynamics, RSA Security, and Hayes Microcomputer.  

In July 2008 Tom formed his own consulting company, Pittard & Associates, focused on research and Green Investments. A great fan of High Mountain Oolong Tea, Tom's main focus became reducing/eliminating harmful pesticide usage in the High Mountain Tea farms of Taiwan. His investments and educational efforts led to practical results and contributed to the rapidly growing number of certified organic tea farms in Taiwan's rare mountain ecology.  During this time Tom also became a Founding Supporter of "SAVE THE FROGS", now a major international educational lobby and field-work organisation dedicated to the protection of global amphibian populations.

In October of 2012 Tom began a series of personal research projects driven by his interest in the incoherent state of vast, high-speed digital multimedia information storage and analysis.  His earlier work at Edge Dynamics had schooled him in "big data" and the many limitations of the existing database technologies of that time. While at Edge Tom began to experiment with an early version of Apache Hadoop and realised that Hadoop's distribution and redundancy architecture had the potential to solve many of the problems his testing had revealed at Edge. The research Tom has been doing in the "vast/fast multimedia" data context since 2015 has led him into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) and ecosystem development environment where his current project is coming to life.  "Three coherent channels of insight equal one channel of intuition."