Kenneth R. Knight
416 Fifth Street · Ann Arbor, MI. 48103 · (734)-769-8447
Production Editor, BackpackingLight.Com, May 2004—present.
- Responsible for production of online content at the BackpackingLight.Com website. BackpackingLight.Com is an online magazine devoted to the needs of the lightweight and ultralightweight backcountry traveler.
Software Engineer, IA, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI.), November 1994—April
Primary designer/developer for Apple Newton components of the PreCare project.
Designed, coded, tested, and wrote user and technical documentation for
the Newton application programs for interactive medical questionnaire (PreCare).
Created, using NewtonScript, programs that comprise a comprehensive rule-based,
knowledge acquisition and analysis system. Designed and coded the meta-language
that presents multi-media information, the user interfaces for the software,
and all data structures that manage information gathering and analysis
within the software. PreCare is designed to acquire and analyze complex
information with user-defined rules and then display categorized recommendations
for the user.
Designed and developed, with National Instruments LabView (3.1.1), Virtual
Instruments that acquire scientific data from a wide variety of instrumentation
for use in fiber optic laser-based bio-sensor projects.
Developed Newton software with NewtonScript that interfaces with a FileMaker
database to track laboratory chemical inventories. The software uses bar-codes
and pen based input to acquire relevant information.
Research Engineer, Cybernet Systems Corporation (Ann Arbor, MI.), November 1991—July 1992
Designed and developed Macintosh still-image compression software. Design/prototyping
of user interface with HyperCard; research and writing of papers on human
visual perception; design and development of Macintosh program using MPW
C and THINK C (allows user to build extremely compressible images with
standard Macintosh features.)
Tutor, Department of Pharmacology, Uniformed Services, University
of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, MD.), summer 1989.
Introduced staff and faculty to the Macintosh system and assisted in developing
programs. Program development included maintenance of MacKinetics, a pharmacological
kinetics simulation (distributed to 150-250 medical schools worldwide).
Major work on the user-interface (printing support, improved editing, addition
of color). Work was done with MPW Pascal.
Computer Consultant, Academic Computing Services, College
of Wooster, September 1986—May 1989.
Solved computer related problems as they arose, and advised
students and faculty on the use of available computer resources which included:
DEC VAX 11/750 Minicluster, Apple Macintoshes, Apple //s, DEC Rainbows,
and IBM PCs. Worked in an unsupervised office.
College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, B.A. in Computer Science, 1990
||Senior Thesis: "Design and Simulation of Virtual Computer Systems."
|Concentration in Political Science.
- "A Homemade Gear Sled (Pulk) for Backcountry Trave", BackpackingLight.Com, April 2002
- "Newton User Interface Guidelines", PDA Developers, September/October 1996
- "Go Units, Rah, Rah, Rah", PDA Developer, July/August 1996
- "Making Soup: Taking advantage of Newton 2.0 soups", PDA Developer, May/June 1996.
- "Stationary: Making your Newton applications first class citizens", PDA Developer, March/April 1996
- "A Bright Future: Newton OS 2.0 Technical Overview", PDA Developers, January/February 1996
- "Wireless For The Newton", PDA Developer, November/December 1995.
- "Review: NewtCase", PDA Developer, November/December 1995.
- "Review: Gestures Mosaic", PDA Developer, September/October1995.
- "Truetype-The True Story," Washington Apple Pi, May 1991.
- "On HyperCard," Washington Apple Pi (August 1988ÑMarch 1989). Six articles were published in
this series dealing with the uses of HyperCard(TM) to solve various problems.
- "Frontier's Edge Revisited," Washington Apple Pi, November 1986.
- "Lo-ResÑHi-Res Conversion," Washington Apple Pi, January 1986.
- "A List Formatter For All People," Washington Apple Pi, December 1985.
- "Frontier's Edge: Networks at College," Washington Apple Pi, November 1985.
- "Who Should be Responsible for Computer Bulletin Boards," The Montgomery Journal, February 25, 1985.
- "MacWoof" (a point communications software package). Wrote the un-ARChiving code in C, 1991.
- "OffLine," renamed InterNet OffLine. Offline InterNet and SMLNet mail reader written with HyperCard
- "ResBuild," a Macintosh resource file manipulation utility written with C, 1991.
- Volunteer at The Ark a non-profit club that hosts approximately 250
performances per year. Featured artists including: folk, jazz, R&B, story-telling, and more. My duties
can include set-up/tear-down for shows, handling concessions at the bar, and membership and merchandize
- Volunteer at Ann Arbor Hands On Museum April 1993Ñpresent. Primary responsibilities include
working as an explainer/guide, helping to maintain exhibits, and computer support work including exhibit
design and implementation. Designed, developed, and presented several museum demonstrations.
Worked at the College of Wooster radio station, WCWS 90.9 FM, September 1985ÑDecember 1989. Held
several positions within the radio station: news host, program host, DJ, and engineer for a variety of
formats. Assistant Production Manager responsible for promos and related matters. Licensed by the FCC
since January 1987; also licensed as a novice amateur radio operator.
Public Affairs Director of WCWS. May 1988-May 1989. Duties involved planning all public affairs
programming both live and pre-recorded for the station. Creator and producer of Dialog interview show.
- Programming Newtons using NewtonScript and C.
- Programming Macintosh computers using several languages and environments including: C, Pascal, Dylan,
HyperCard, and LabView. Familiar with Java.
- Writing. Extensive writing credits including numerous published articles.
- Communications. Demonstrated in positions as a consultant, tutor, volunteer work at Hands-On Museum.
- Worked with other computer platforms including UNIX and VMS. Experience includes trouble-shooting
other users problems and considerable user experience obtained during college including use of shell
programming languages such as DCL.
References on request