François-Paul Briand


B & W, Inc. (BWI Learning Instruments®); Tacoma, Washington (3/94 to present)

I am co-founder & President of BWI. Under my guidance BWI has developed commercial software products, principally for the training market and the Biometrics security market. I am also one of the principal software designer.

BWI’ s products are sold on a contract or royalty basis. BWI also provides consulting services on a contract basis. BWI also provides custom made products in various segments of the software industry.

BWI' s clients include the Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Press, Simon & Schuster (Prentice-Hall), Socha Computing Inc. (recently acquired by Asymetrix Corporation), Sagem & Sagem-Morpho, IDG Books Worldwide and AT&T Wireless.


Consulted for the preparation or responses to RFPs, designed and implemented commercial systems, led test teams in the following areas: Law Enforcement, Prisons, Welfare, ID and Passports, Commercial retail, Access control. Help move the technology from mid-size systems to PC based applications with open standards (HTTP, XML).


BWI' s principal product is the SmartLabs® automated tutoring system. The SmartLabs tutor engine is an Internet-based, courseware independent environment that works with Microsoft Windows (9x or NT/2000/XP). BWI also designs specific learning environments that are CD based, Web Based or MS Office based including simulations of real environments to allow for safe learning.

Sabbatical; Tacoma, Washington (7/93 to 3/94)

I used this time to travel (France, Virgin Islands), share activities with my family and practice my favorite sports (Tennis, Ski, Tae Kwon Do). I also spent quite a few moments preparing for my next venture.

North American Morpho Systems, Inc.; Tacoma, Washington (7/88 to 7/93)

This synopsis of the company and its product is followed by descriptions of each phase of my employment at NAMSI.
[Note: now renamed Sagem-Morpho]

NAMSI is a company that specializes in the design, manufacturing, and integration of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS). The company markets and sells turnkey systems to state and local law-enforcement and government agencies. NAMSI also provides warranties and maintenance for its customers. Systems cost anywhere from $1M to $25M each. The company has a staff of about 100, and revenues grew to $40M a year. NAMSI also maintains data-processing centers (at different locations) with up to 250 employees to convert its customers' fingerprint cards (paper) into digital format.

The product operates in a LAN/UNIX environment on IBM workstations (RS 6000). The system consists of five subsystems that span most of today’s computing technology:

The last two categories comprise the key technology of the system. The company owns patents for all its specialized hardware and software.


In mid-February 1993, the company and its parent were sold to a high-tech French consortium: “Groupe SAGEM”. Early on I decided to leave but agreed to stay on for the transition phase, which lasted until late July 1993.

Vice-Chairman of the Board (1/1/92 to 2/15/93)

I was in charge of managing the diversification efforts of the company. The goal was to bring the technology out of the state and local government market, and into the federal and civil/commercial markets. Efforts were concentrated on Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) procurements and the welfare market. Key partnerships were established with IBM (Federal Systems Company) and Westinghouse (Electronic Systems Group).

President and CEO (9/1/89 to 12/31/91)

When I was promoted in September of 1989, the company was more than one year behind schedule in systems delivery. It was losing $1M a month, and had a staff of over 250. The data-processing center was also struggling. When I was promoted again in January of 1992, all current contracts had been filled (systems delivered and accepted), all new contracts were profitable, and past financial problems were on the path to resolution. Staff had been reduced to just over 100 without loss of productivity, and the data-processing center was meeting all of its commitments. The company had gained a 35% market share in the U.S., and had established a reputation that proved critical to winning all major 1992 European contracts. NAMSI become the worldwide leader in its market.

I accomplished this by reorganizing the company, restructuring management, and redefining pricing strategies. Contracts with customers and vendors were re-negotiated whenever possible, often directly by me. Structures were put in place to specifically address the local and federal government RFP process (analysis, bid, system engineering) and also to smooth out system delivery, integration and maintenance.

Senior Director of Engineering (7/88 to 8/89)

I reorganized the engineering department and hired all necessary personnel to meet contract requirements.

Concurrent Computer Corporation; Tinton Falls, New Jersey (1/88 to 6/88)

I determined strategy and implemented methodologies to design, code, and test software for maximum quality in a multi-processing/parallel-processing environment.

Hewlett-Packard; Colorado Springs, Colorado (6/84 to 12/87)

I held various engineering and management position in the R&D departments of the Colorado Springs and Logic Systems divisions.

I developed CAEE software tools (schematic capture and logic simulation) for HP 9000 series 300 workstations and IBM & HP microcomputers. The total project was comprised of more than half a million lines of code. I led up to six engineers, and was responsible for total product integration and delivery to manufacturing—including networking capabilities between PCs and workstations. I also developed user installation software and a low-level graphics interface for the PC. (The PC product included coprocessor boards for running UNIX.)

Houston Transit Consultants; Houston, Texas (7/82 to 7/83)

I performed computer design and analysis of roadways and traffic patterns. My responsibilities included engineering, scheduling, and cost.

Brown & Root; Houston, Texas (9/80 to 6/82)

I specialized in computer analysis and design (using a finite-elements method) of steel and concrete structures, in both dynamic and static environments.


Master of Computer Science, May 1984; Rice University, Houston, Texas

Diplôme d’Ingénieur, June 1980; Institut Industriel du Nord (IDN), Lille, France



All PCs and networks

IBM mainframes, RT and RS 6000 workstations

Concurrent 3200 series and 3280 MPS

HP 900 Series 200, 300 and 500 and PCs

DEC PDP-11 and VAX, PCs


Operating systems: UNIX, MS-DOS, CPM, Concurrent OS/32, AIX, Windows (all versions)

Languages: C, C++, Pascal, Delphi, Fortran, Basic, Lisp, Prolog, Mainsail

Assembler: Motorola, Intel and National microprocessors

Professional Membership

IEEE: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (1987 to present)