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
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
Quicksilver Productions, Seattle, WA 1982-1989
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
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.
KIRO Inc., Commercial Writer/Producer, Seattle, WA
Center for Bioengineering, University of Washington, Research
& Training Technician, Seattle, WA
Innovative Problem Solver...Team Builder...Technical
Communications Skills Include Writing, Video, & Multi-Media Production...
Project Management... Technology Systems & Training...Creative Team
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
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