Albert L. (Al) Stevens has spent his career applying advanced information technology to solve complex problems. His expertise includes open source technologies, cloud computing, network architecture, complex web hosting, data bases, XML, semantic modeling and technology sourcing.
CTO, Principal Technical Lead
Credo Reference Limited
2004 – 2011
At Credo, Al had the responsibility for all technology development, IT infrastructure and content conversion. He recruited and led the team to simplify and modernize the hosting of Credo’s reference service, moving to a 100% cloud-based architecture. Because of the success with the cloud transition, Al was asked to join a key Rackspace Hosting cloud advisory committee to provide feedback on their managed cloud service. Al also led the effort to re-architect, design, and implement all layers of Credo’s web-based reference service using best-of-breed open source technologies. This new version of the service was reviewed by Library Journal and rated higher than all other reference services with the maximum of four stars in all seven categories. In addition to these projects, Al redesigned and implemented a new content conversion and publication process that improved cost and efficiency by a factor of more than ten. In 2010, he led the design and development of Credo’s newly introduced topic pages, which use semantic technologies to select, organize and present topics from Credo’s reference data base.
Independent Wireless Internet Activity
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2000 – 2001
During this period, Al spent a year and a half in central Mexico where worked on his own, with government and private groups to bring Internet services to underserved communities. He designed and installed a wired/wireless network supporting multiple organizations providing 24/7 service in a difficult environment. Al also recruited and trained staff, developed training program in English and Spanish, negotiated distribution arrangements for wireless equipment; secured import approvals with Mexican government agencies; installed wireless towers and negotiated arrangements with freight forwarders. He set up and trained a web-development group to offer value added services using the network.
Kaon Interactive, Inc., Cambridge, MA
1996 – 2000, 2001 – 2004
Al co-founded Kaon Interactive in 1996 and helped guide the company through its initial evolution from a multi-player game company into its present day focus as an innovator in 3D product modeling and virtual product presentations. At Kaon, Al set up numerous company operations and systems. He also directly managed the design and development of an XML-based product modeling system and Java viewing platform. In 2003 after returning from Mexico and rejoining Kaon, Al redirected the company from a software focus to a services focus by building a services oriented team, redirecting the technical development, increasing sales to existing clients and adding additional clients.
General Manager, Advanced Simulation Division
1992 – 1996
Al joined the Loral Corporation when his BBN business group was sold to Loral. At Loral, Al developed the company’s first Internet website. He developed, deployed and operated networked computer simulation systems for numerous government and commercial clients. The simulation systems were used to evaluate new products and concepts by gathering, presenting and analyzing large quantities of complex data in a highly distributed environment. Al’s major management accomplishment at Loral was merging their Orlando, Boston and Seattle groups into a single business unit.
Senior Scientist, Division Director
Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc, Cambridge, MA
1976 – 1992
At BBN, Al was introduced to the ARPA Net, the precursor to the Internet, where he designed and implemented an online help system for Hermes, one of the first Internet electronic mail systems. He managed a joint project with MIT for the U.S. ARPA to implement an interactive computer map system and participated with the MIT Media Lab to develop advanced human interface concepts for viewing complex data. He served several years as Division Director for Artificial Intelligence, Educational Technology and Training Systems.
University of Oregon, B.S., Major in Psychology, Minor in Mathematics, Eugene, OR, 1972.
– Elected Phi Beta Kappa.
University of California San Diego, PhD, in Cognitive Science, La Jolla, CA, 1976.
– Advisor was Dr. Donald A. Norman, one of the world’s foremost authorities on human based design of computer systems.
MIT Sloan School, Greater Boston Executive Program, Cambridge, MA, 1984