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Bill Sundermeier Oral History Interview. December 12, 2014

Bill Sundermeier Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

December 12, 2014

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Bill Sundermeier (b. 1963) is a 1985 graduate of OSU's Computer Science program. While at Oregon State, Sundermeier worked as a consultant for Tektronix, writing programs on a large Tektronix 4051 personal computer while in his dorm room at Weatherford Hall. Following graduation, Sundermeier spent eight years as a product marketing manager at Northwest Instrument Systems, and another twenty years with an infrared camera technology company, FLIR Systems. At FLIR, Sundermeier rose to the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager for Portland Operations. In 2004, Sundermeier was inducted into the OSU College of Engineering's Academy of Distinguished Engineers. His interview concentrates primarily on his memories of living in Weatherford Hall in the years prior to its decade-long closure in 1994. Sundermeier's undergraduate experience in Computer Science and his professional activities in the technology sector are also included as secondary topics.