Merrill M. Hessel, Ph. D.
Dr. Hessel is President of MerAl productions where he provides
consulting services including strategic planning, system analysis and Web Site Design and
Design of computer applications. In 1990, he was partner in V.R. software where he has
used many computer languages (C++, Java, xBase, Visual Basic and others) to develop
commercial applications. Video Productions, Streaming Videos, Web site development and computer system consulting is the focus
of his current activities.
He Hosts and produces a bi-monthly Cable
Television show "Computers for Intelligent
Adults", produces a monthly show "Observing Technology" has
produced one-half hour video
productions for cable television. "Greatest Fire Investigation Tool of
the 20th Century", "Emergency we are Being Attacked", Puppy Raisers for
Blind". He also conducted a workshop for Television Producers
& Technicians on how to setup computers for video capture and editing as
well as a demonstration of special video effects such as green screen use in
productions, color correction, transitions. He helped establish a and leads a Digital Video
User group, http://www.dvug.org which is a
Special Interest Group of the Capital PC User Group
www.cpcug.org . He is on
the Board of Directors of Montgomery Community Television and the CPCUG.
Dr. Merrill M. Hessel received an Engineering degree from
Cornell University and was a design engineer for three years at E. I. du Pont de Nemours.
He received a Ph. D. in Physics at Columbia University and was an Associate Professor of
Physics at Fordham University.
He joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(formerly the National Bureau of Standards) a major government agency in 1972 where he
held various research, supervisory, and executive level positions. He was Deputy
Director of a $20M 120 staff research organization within NIST and a Division
Chief of a $4M 30 person research organization. Dr. Hessel received the
agency's Bronze medal for outstanding physics research and technical management and the
Silver medal for formation and management of an industry-government effort focused on
standardization of digital data exchange between computers. In 1996 he retired from this
institution and became President of MerAl Productions.
Dr. Hessel has chaired several computer task groups for
implementation of computer standards and policies in a major government technical
organization. In 1986-87 Dr. Hessel was selected as a White House President's Commission
Exchange Executive and spent one year at the executive level of The Boeing Company. During
that year he was a Boeing employee and reported directly to the Vice President for
computing where he headed a corporate wide task force of 60 people. The task force
encompassed six Boeing major operating companies and developed a comprehensive plan for
migrating from the existing computing environment to the digital data driven paradigm of
the 1990's. Dr. Hessel was a member of the Board of Directors of PDES Inc. from
1987 to 1992 ,a multi-million dollar consortium of large corporations such as
Boeing, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Northrup Grumman, etc. whose mission was the
development of the STEP standard to enabling enterprise integration and
interoperability for member companies
In 1989 he chaired an industry-government panel to review the
Modernization program of the National Weather Service (NWS). The purpose of this panel was
to provide a report and recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce, OMB and Congress on
the $500 million Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System. This include an analysis
of the Computer Systems, Next Generation Radars, Automated Surface Observing Systems,
deployment, technical risk, cost drivers, schedules, staffing and management issues.
Dr. Hessel started programming computers in 1957 with the IBM
650 and has significant experience with a variety of mainframe, micro and minicomputers.
He had been president of the Capitol Area Public Domain Computer Users group (CAPDUG) for
many years, wrote numerous articles for the monthly CAPDUG newsletter, taught courses in
programming and database development and reviewed over 2000 public domain software
packages. He has taught business professionals throughout the United States and Canada for
"The Center for Advanced Professional Education" on microcomputers, computer
policy, and implementation of computers in small and large private sector and industrial