William L. Weaver, Ph.D.

Ranger. Scouting the Adjacent Possible.

Child of God. Husband. Father. Son. Brother. American.
Constitutional Conservative. Scientist. Martial Artist. Professor. Programmer.
Musician. Gamer. Ubergeek. Writer. Instrument Designer. Systems Thinker.
Roboticist. Algorithm Developer.  Explorer. Comedian. Fanboy.
Conversationalist. Philosopher. Trekkie. Jedi. Serial Innovator.
ENTP. Left-handed. Right-sided. Blissfully Happy.
Defender of Freedom. Unshakably Loyal. Evangelist. Ranger.
Scouting the Adjacent Possible.

Summary | I'm not sure what I want to be when I get big.

If you are into Astrology, Global Warming, or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I am an archetypal ENTP.
 Using their primary function-attitude of extroverted intuition, ENTPs are quick to see complex interrelationships
 between people, things, and ideas. These interrelationships are analyzed in profound detail
through the ENTP's auxiliary function, introverted thinking. The result is an in-depth
 understanding of the way things and relationships work, and how they can be improved.

In Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson advances the notion that innovative thinking
 is a slow and gradual process based on the concept of the "slow hunch" rather than an instant moment of inspiration.
 He postulates on the concept of the "adjacent possible" which enables the thinker to develop uncharted insights
 into unexplored areas. I often view myself as a Ranger, exploring the adjacent possible for new concepts and
 relationships, and sharing those discoveries and observations through my teaching, writing, and social media.

I also aspire to be a Serial Innovator. Abbie Griffin, Raymond L. Price, and Bruce A. Vojak describe Serial Innovators
 as those that gather information from a number of perspectives and then integrate across those multiple domains
 to understand completely. In their form of discovering, the real challenge is to view the problem from multiple perspectives,
 or domains. They think from the technical, customer, market, and competitive perspectives, melding information from each
 into an overall, holistic understanding of the problem and the various contexts in which it resides.
 Problems are viewed as more than technical or engineering challenges--they are multifaceted systems.

Folks have said that I have Specialties in Measurement, Diagnostic Development, LabVIEW, Systems Thinking,
 Algorithmic Intelligence, Laboratory Informatics, Information & Knowledge Management (IKM),
 Data Acquisition and Data Analysis.