Mr. Burwell has 30 years of experience building companies involved with innovative technologies for the simulation and training industry. With a focus on virtual environments, John has been involved with development of image generation systems, on-line virtual worlds, games for training, computer graphics, video processing, geospatial imaging and most recently virtual reality.
John started his career at Boeing as a software engineer working on a DARPA project to develop emerging image generation technology for missile development. This lead to projects building full-mission simulators for training and engineering. With this background, John transitioned to Evans & Sutherland and eventually Silicon Graphics Computer Systems as advances in computer graphics technologies enabled new training opportunities. In 10 years at SGI, John played a pivotal role in the company’s advanced graphics division that including efforts that disrupted the traditional image generation market place.
After SGI, John drove business development for Forterra Systems, a Silicon Valley-based software company (acquired by SAIC in 2010), that produced online virtual world solutions used for training and collaboration. He then spent time working to transition gaming technologies into more traditional learning solutions for Adayana and DRC. Most recently, John has been supporting product management and business development efforts for Bohemia Interactive Simulations, particularly in the area of virtual reality based training solutions.
Mr. Burwell has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado and an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird in Glendale, Arizona.