Nicholas  P.  Wilde

1201 Balsam Ave, Unit 301

Boulder, CO 80304








25 years of experience in leading technical teams, software systems architecture, design, and development, using a wide variety of programming languages and operating systems, from FORTRAN to C/C++ and Java. Proven leadership skills as a manager, project manager, team lead, and lead architect. Excellent written and verbal communications skills, as evidenced by a publication record in leading scientific journals, presentations at conferences, and teaching experience at the university level. In addition, I have advanced training in a physical science (meteorology) and a solid mathematics and statistics background.





4/2008 to 10/2009 - NOAA Leadership Competencies Development Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Participant


For 18 months, in addition to my regular duties as PSD Senior IT manager, I participated in NOAA's Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP). Participation in LCDP is highly competitive. As part of the program, I attended courses at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA, as well as participated in other leadership development activities. During that period, I worked on 2 details in the Washington, D.C., metro area:

NOAA/OCIO - May 2008-Sept 2009 - Worked for the NOAA CIO on e-collaboration strategies for NOAA. Helped formulate the requirements for NextWave, NOAA/OCIO's Unified Communications Initiative.

NOAA/NBO, Formulation Division - Feb 2009-June 2009 - Worked as the NOAA Budget Formulation Analyst for the National Weather Service portfolio for the FY10 and FY11 budgets. Worked with the NWS CFO and Budget Analysts to prepare NWS budget proposals and materials. Briefed the NOAA CFO on NWS proposed program changes. Reviewed Department of Commerce Investment Review Board (IRB) packages prior to submission to the DOC, including Exhibit 300s.



10/2005 to present - Physical Sciences Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO - Senior IT Manager


The Physical Sciences Division (PSD) was formed, along with the rest of the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), in Oct of 2005. The former Climate Diagnostics Center, the former Environmental Technology Laboratory, and the Tropical Dynamics Division of the former Aeronomy Lab all merged to become ESRL/PSD. 

As the former IT manager for the Climate Diagnostics Center, I took over as IT manager for the newly formed division. With PSD, my operational responsibilities remained similar to my previous duties, but the scope significantly broadened. The PSD IT group has a staff of 14, a budget of $2.5 million per year, and supports an end user community of approximately 150 PhD scientists, research staff, and administrative personnel.

Of all the divisions in ESRL, the Physical Sciences Division underwent the most radical changes, with the melding of 3 disparate cultures from the original 3 labs. This, combined with the continued operation of two previously physical separate infrastructures (CDC's and ETL's) has presented unique challenges. Significant accomplishments in our first year of operations included merging the systems administration and web and data management teams, producing a unified IT budget for the merged division, and integrating the previously separate networks


09/2004 to 10/2005 - Climate Diagnostics Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO - Senior IT Manager


As the manager of the IT group for the Climate Diagnostics Center, a NOAA laboratory in Boulder, CO, I was responsible for all aspects of IT, including personnel management, budgeting, daily and continuing operations, security, data backups and storage management, and web site development and operation. The Climate Diagnostics Center had an IT staff of 8, a budget of approximately $1 million/year, and an end-user community of about 60.


07/2003 to 08/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc, Broomfield, CO - Sun Sigma (Six Sigma) Black Belt


As a Six Sigma specialist, I was  responsible for evangelizing the Six Sigma program of process excellence across Sun, mentoring others on Six Sigma methodologies, teaching courses, and running process improvement projects. I directly support the VP of Network Storage Software in driving process improvement and excellence throughout his organization and throughout the software development lifecycle. As an IT specialist, I am relied upon to provide expertise on applying Six Sigma  principles and methods to software development and IT practices.


12/1999 to  07/2004 -  Sun Microsystems, Inc, Broomfield, CO - Java Architect


Consultant and architect for the Sun Java Center (SJC), Sun's global competency for Java architecture and development.


I worked with Sun clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Conducted architecture assessments of existing systems, and developed new architectures for proposed systems. Mentored and directed client staff on software development processes, Java technologies, and software architectures. Provided program management expertise on year-long engagements with a team of up to 2 dozen mixed Sun and client personnel. As the lead consultant I liaised between Sun management, the Sun consulting team, and client management, prepared weekly status reports, and helped negotiate follow on engagements with clients.


7/1999 to 12/1999 - iXL, Inc., Denver CO - Project Manager


Project manager for a consulting company specializing in e-commerce and e-business Web development. Managed multiple Web site and Web application development efforts concurrently.


Responsible for client communication, schedule, resource allocation, and day-to-day management of the development efforts. Managed multi-disciplinary design and implementation teams ranging from 5 to 15 architects, designers, and developers, on projects of 1-3 months in duration, with revenues ranging from $200,000 to $700,000.



11/1998 to 6/1999 - Contract with Lumio Technologies, LLC - Independent Consultant


Worked with marketing to define the second generation of Lumio's service component for visitor behavioral analysis of commercial websites. As part of a small group of developers, designed and implemented a core component of the company's primary product: a tool for usability auditing of commercial Web sites through log file analysis.


4/1997 to 11/1998  - The Radiance Group, Boulder, Colorado - Technical Team Lead


Led the initial requirements analysis and design efforts for the company's primary product - a client-server-based medical information system. Acted as primary conduit between customer and engineering staff, worked with object-modeling team to provide use-case data for the evolving object design.


Led a team of several developers implementing a core component of the system using Java 1.2/JFC.


10/1996 to 4/1997 - Vexcel Corporation, Boulder, Colorado - Senior Engineer


Responsible for the ongoing design, maintenance and implementation of a software and hardware system for the ingest and processing of satellite-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data. Reworked some of the compute-intensive parts of the SAR processing system  to provide a speed-up of close to 50% on parallel SGI and Dec Alpha machines using the PThreads POSIX standard for multi-threading C programs.


8/1994 to 9/1996 - University of Montana, Missoula  - Assistant Professor, Computer Science


Conducted research in user interface design and end-user programming languages. Applied for and received external funding for research and curriculum development. Taught  courses ranging from the sophomore level to graduate level seminars.


9/1988 to 8/1994 - University of Colorado, Boulder  - Teaching and Research Assistant, Computer Science


Assisted in teaching of courses, worked on variety of research projects in human-computer interaction,  design processes for usability, and user interface design, published at leading conferences. Research projects worked on included projects for USWest Advanced Technologies and the Center For Space Construction at UC-Boulder.


5/1984 to 5/1988 - Air Force Global Weather Central -  Software Applications Analyst


Lead analyst on team responsible for redesigning and implementing a software suite for meteorological satellite (DMSP) data processing.


Responsible for customer support and ongoing maintenance.





Programming Languages

      Java, C/C++, Ada83/95, SQL, HTML, LISP/CLOS, FORTRAN, Pascal, HyperTalk


Operating Systems

      Unix/Linux, Windows 95/NT/2000, Macintosh OS, VAX VMS, Unisys EXEC


Application Programming Interfaces (API's)

      J2EE, J2SE, numerous other Java API's, Microsoft MFC, X-Windows,

      XVT v 1.2 and 2.0, Macintosh Toolbox





    University of Colorado - Boulder             Ph.D., Computer Science, 1994

                                                                            M.S., Computer Science, 1990

    University of Wisconsin - Madison          M.S., Atmospheric Sciences, 1984

    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY                  B.S., Atmospheric Sciences, 1981




    Various scientific journals and conferences.

    Most recent include 2 presentations at JavaOne 2003.


    List available on request.



Previously held DOD Security Clearance