Cybernetician|Systems Scientist. Global Strategist. Lifelong Hoopster.#
Bill is a Professor of Cybernetics & Systems in the ANU School of Cybernetics as well as a Visiting Professor of Systems at the University of Hull, a Kellogg Global Fellow with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and a Professor Emeritus of Leadership & Cybernetics at San José State University. He has also served as a Visiting Professor / Fellow at Harvard, Stanford, Sydney, Stockholm, and other leading universities; Chief Systems Scientist for two DoD-related research institutes; Strategic Advisor for several major leadership programs; and Faculty Chair of the Salzburg Global Citizenship Program.
During his 50-year career as a cybernetician/systems scientist in Silicon Valley and Washington, DC, which included responsibilities as Director of SJSU’s pioneering Cybernetic Systems Program, Bill’s work as a transdisciplinary professor and practitioner has focused on integrative approaches to strategic change, collaborative leadership, global affairs, national security, and technology management. He is currently conducting a major research project – Homo Cyberneticus: Creating, Understanding, and Managing the Anthropocene – that examines the evolving role of humanity’s cybernetic capabilities in shaping our global world.
A past President of the American Society for Cybernetics, Bill received the Norbert Wiener Gold Medal in 2016 for his lifetime contributions to the field and is a Life Fellow of the American Society for Cybernetics and an Academician in the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetics Sciences. He has also been a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow, a Salzburg Global Fellow, and an AASCU Global Scholar.
An avid basketball player for most of his life, until his knees gave out, Bill enjoys revisiting Middle Earth whenever he can. A Elbereth Gilthoniel!