Wayne Rosing has been involved as a key player in several landmark projects in the computing industry since the late 1970s. Gaining experience as an engineering manager at DEC and Data General in the 1970s, he became a director of engineering at Apple Computer in the early 1980s. There he led the Apple Lisa project, the forerunner to the Macintosh. He then went on to work at Sun Microsystems and headed the spin-off First Person. At Sun Labs, his team developed Java. Rosing served as Vice President of Engineering at Google from January 2001 to May 2005. He continues to serve as an advisor to Google and is now a senior fellow in mathematical and physical sciences at the University of California, Davis.
As a hobby throughout his career, Rosing built telescopes, telescope control systems, and ground telescope mirrors.
In 2005, Rosing launched Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. Rosing currently acts as the CEO and founder and chief engineer at the firm. The August 2007 edition of The Sky at Night covers Rosing at Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. A nine-part video of the The Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation presentation of "A Conversation with Wayne Rosing" is available on YouTube. In the videos, he discusses his background, theories about creating an environment that fosters design and innovation, and Las Cumbres Observatory.
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