Mike Wirsching

Briand and Wirsching Inc., Learning Instruments®, Tacoma, WA 1994-Present

Director of Instructional Technology

Designed SmartLabs intelligent tutoring technology for Internet-based training. Produced retail training products and application-specific training tools. Familiar with all aspects of development and manufacturing of software for commercial products. Managed design and production teams, including programmers, writers, editors, graphic artists and content experts.

Successfully designed training simulations for Windows NT operating systems components, NT Network applet, NT setup and Explorer, that functioned as lab tools, demonstrations and exam exercises.

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA 1989-1994

Senior Instructional Designer

Designed or maintained over 25 courses, ranging from C/C++ and Windows and OS/2 programming, to LAN integration. Wrote context-sensitive Helps, programmed in Visual Basic and C++.

Wrote, produced and directed instructional Video, winning national "Telly" awards for "Transitioning Mainframe Programmers To PC Development" and "DOS 5 Optimization."

Produced first Windows Programming self-study video for Microsoft University.

Quicksilver Productions, Seattle, WA 1982-1989

Owner

Specialized in instructional video programs: ESL, microprocessor troubleshooting, software development, teacher training and technical training for computer professionals.

Introduced commercial production values to the education video marketplace. Utilized actors, special effects and state-of-the-art production methods.

Chief designer, producer and director for ESL video courseware "Visual English Program: Active Basic Communication" and others. Video was finalist for National Association for Cable Television (ACE) awards.

Additional Experience

KIRO Inc., Commercial Writer/Producer, Seattle, WA

Center for Bioengineering, University of Washington, Research & Training Technician, Seattle, WA

Significant Accomplishments

Innovative Problem Solver...Team Builder...Technical Communications Skills Include Writing, Video, & Multi-Media Production... Project Management... Technology Systems & Training...Creative Team Management...

A highly skilled and low-key manager of technology design processes that have complex instructional requirements. Proven results as a team leader and entrepreneurial manager. Give Mike a mountain and he will find a way to lead a team over it, through it or blaze a new trail around it. A real catalyst for creative expression that equates to breakthrough results. A strong team player, contributor, and leader. A results-focused individual who knows how to get the best from himself and others. Looking for the right organization that places a premium on innovation, "next generation thinking" and a real commitment to people.

Education

BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV

MSE, Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Human Interface Technology Lab, User Interface Design, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Doctoral Program in Communications Behavior, University of Washington, Seattle, WA