Oris D. Friesen, PhD

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Title: Co-Founder
Company: Ontopilot, LLC
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Oris Friesen, Co-Founder of Ontopilot, LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in software engineering.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Friesen attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1964 and a Master of Arts in 1966. Subsequently, he began his career as a computer system analyst for the Computer Sciences Corporation in Richland, Washington, from 1967 to 1969, and continued as a computer system designer for General Electric in Phoenix, Arizona, until 1970. Following his departure, Dr. Friesen accepted a position as a database system designer with Honeywell Information Systems, serving for more than a decade before rising to the rank of an engineering fellow in database management in 1984.

Following the conclusion of his academic efforts, earning a PhD at Arizona State University in 1982, Dr. Friesen transitioned to Bull Worldwide Information Systems in 1990, where he worked as an engineering fellow in database management until 1999. He was a research professor of computer science and engineering at Arizona State University for two years, and since 2000 he has acted as the president of Future Information Technologies. Since 2002, Dr. Friesen has leveraged his expertise as a consultant in his field, and in 2008 he became the co-founder of Ontopilot, LLC. Prior to his professional career, he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1957 to 1965, receiving an honorable discharge.

In addition to his primary pursuits, Dr. Friesen has found success through his creative works, authoring “China Reporting: An Oral History of American Journalism in the 1930s & 1940s” in 1987 and serving as an editor of “Proceedings: Phoenix Conference on Computers and Communications” in the same year. He has also contributed articles to numerous professional journals. Dr. Friesen credits Stephen R. MacKinnon as his mentor in Chinese history and Charles W. Bachman as his influence in database technology. He has maintained memberships to the International Council on Systems Engineering, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for Asian Studies, the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.

Throughout his career, Dr. Friesen is proud of designing the first commercial relational database management system for a mainframe computer, the Multics Relational Data Store, in 1975. He is also the holder of five U.S. patents in database technology and has been recognized for his achievements with Honeywell’s H. W. Sweatt Award for Engineers/Scientists in 1978. As a further testament to his success and stature, Dr. Friesen has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Media and Communication, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.

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