Bill Lauritzen is a human performance (usability) engineer, educator, designer, and author. Sir Arthur C. Clarke, inventor of the communications satellite called Bill "some kind of genius." Harry Kroto, Nobel Prize winner, invited Bill to present his models at the first international conference on Carbon-60, the Buckminsterfullerene molecule.
Among his other accomplishments, Bill invented a new number system, designed a modern-day Stonehenge, called SpaceHenge, and wrote a paper explaining the value of geodesic domes. He also wrote a book about the natural origins of religion and mythology.
He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. One of his advisors at the Air Force Academy was Roger Bate who co-wrote the Dover classic book on Astrodynamics and also stimulated Bill's lifelong interest in computer science. While at the Air Force Academy, Bill was named the Outstanding Graduate in both Behavioral Sciences and Philosophy. Bill received a master's degree from Purdue in Human Factors Engineering.
In the Air Force he designed jet cockpits as a usability engineer. In the wake of the Vietnam War, he left the Air Force as a pacifist, but has since realized the necessity at times for military defense.
From about 1977-1980 he was a staff member in the Church of Scientology, although he is no longer active in this church.
He taught ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged students as a teacher and substitute teacher in the inner city of Los Angeles, including South-Central LA and East LA, for over 20 years.
He has also taught at Otis College of Art and Design, at Los Angeles City College, at Johns Hopkins University (Center for Talented Youth), and at Columbia College Hollywood.
Bill also taught for 8 years at a national university in China, Xiamen University. He primarily taught Spoken English in the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, and he was also associated the Brain-Like Intelligence Systems Lab and the Multi-Media Lab.
Including all his substitute teaching experience, he has taught at about 116 different schools, colleges and universities, in every grade from kindergarden through college, making him one of the world's most experienced educators.
In the 1990s, Bill used his computer programming skills to study highly composite numbers and wrote a paper about them. In the 2000s, Bill was one of the first people to develop a web robot to find jobs for substitute teachers.
Since 2010, his main interests have been education, human factors engineering, economics, political science, cognitive science, technology, computer programming and artificial intelligence.
He is also an advisor to the Lifeboat Foundation, a group of scientists and scholars who study issues related to humanity's survival.
His hobby is swimming, and he sometimes competes in ocean swimming or gives swimming lessons. He was ranked by Swim Magazine in the Top Ten in the World in master's swimming. More about Bill
Nobel Prize winner Sir Harry Kroto and Bill.
Bill at AFA Academy.
Bill worked as a Human Performance Engineer (UX) for cockpit design in the Air Force.
Bill working in Hollywood.
Bill teaching math in the inner city of LA.
Bill and author/scholar Martin Gardner at his home in North Carolina.
Mamikon Mnatsakanian, astrophysicist and inventor of Visual Calculus having coffee near CalTech, and Bill.
Bill designed an ergonomic workstation.
Bill teaching in China at Xiamen University.
Ben Goertzel, AI researcher in Hong Kong, and Bill.
Bill attending an AI conference in Prague, 2018.
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