Ward Vuillemot



Seattle University

Software Engineering, Masters of Science

September 2005 – June 2007

University of Washington

Aerospace Engineering, Masters of Science

Computational Fluid Dynamics

  1. Research Assistant; Professor Uri Shumlak

  2. NASA Graduate Fellow, 1998 – 1999

September 1998 – June 2001

University of Washington

Engineering, Masters of Science

Technical Japanese

September 1998 – June 2001

  1. Petersen Graduate Fellow, 1998 – 1999

University at Buffalo

Aerospace Engineering, Bachelors

Asian Studies Minor

September 1994 – June 1998



Seattle, Washington USA

Software Development Engineer

Amazon Fresh

September 2008 – Present

The Boeing Company

Seattle, Washington USA

Lead Developer; Systems Architect

Flight Operations Engineering

January 2005 – August 2008

The Boeing Company

Simultaneous Japanese Interpreter

Lean Enterprise Office

January 2004 – December 2004

The Boeing Company

Aerospace Engineer

Flight Operations Engineering

July 2001 – December 2003

VALEO-ZEXEL Climate Control

Saitama Prefecture, Japan


Air-conditioning Manufacturing Kaizen Room

September 2000 – March 2001

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington USA

Graduate Research Assistant

Computational Fluids Dynamics Laboratory

September 1998 – September 2000


Buffalo, New York USA

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hypersonic Research & Development

June 1998 – September 1998

Calspan Research

Buffalo, New York USA

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hypersonic Research & Development

June 1997 – June 1998

Welch Allyn

Skaneateles, New York USA

Engineer Intern

Medical Equipment Division

June 1994 – October 1994


Database Administration

University of Washington

December 2007

C++ Programming

University of Washington

December 2007

C Programming

University of Washington

December 2006

Lean Workshop Facilitator

The Boeing Company

June 2006

Languages, Silicon

FORTRAN77; expert

Fortran90; expert

Java; advanced

Ruby; intermediate

Python; intermediate

C; intermediate

C++; intermediate

Perl; advanced

SQL; intermediate


Rails 2.0

Apache Struts

Eclipse RCP

Eclipse PDE



Apache HTTPD

Apache Maven

Apache Continuum



Visual SourceSafe

Visual Fortran IDE

Eclipse IDE


Languages, Carbon




Fluent spoken and written

Farsi (Persian)

Beginning spoken and written

Latin, German, Italian, French

Give me time


ContacT wwv@mac.com


Highly motivated, results-oriented, and self-initiator with proven communications skills. Driven to add value to every process. Fluency in written and spoken Japanese in addition to extensive experience in computer programming, engineering, content management, and communications thus making an ideal candidate as technical liaison between the U.S. and Japan. Solid record of constantly finding new ways to improve processes and meeting company objectives while simultaneously satisfying customer requirements.



  1. Presently leading team of engineers and programmers to develop software application for external clients; acting as technical architect and lead developer using agile software methods.  Project includes an extremely aggressive schedule and large set of functional requirements.

  2. Workshop facilitator for The Boeing Company's Accelerated Improvement Workshops (AIWs). Leverage background in providing week-long simultaneous Japanese interpretation to the world-leaders in kaizen consulting (Shingijutsu Consulting) along with passion to deploy lean production practices in all environments, especially office and engineering.

  3. Consistently nominated to join a number of cross-department and intra-organizational teams by management of Boeing.


  1. Technical Architect and Lead Programmer for flight operations engineering software that will continue to evolve our department's extensive computational libraries under one software interface and extend to provide in-depth analysis of said computational results.  Includes incorporation of numerous multi-decade old legacy systems.

  2. Developed (off-hours) cross-platform integrated development environment specific to in-house programming language and model table development; significantly reduces overhead (up to 90% in a number of tasks) while ensuring best practices are impregnated into tool.

  3. Self-initiated and developed (on-hours) numerous support software tools (XML-based and otherwise) that significantly reduce overhead for many repetitive tasks while at Boeing.

  4. Self-initiated and developed web application to allow engineers to quickly and efficiently collect information on a customer from a number of online resources; reduces redundancy in data retrieval and centralizes management of linking to and training on use of said sources.

  5. Developed technique to include vital three-dimensional data to division designed molds thereby significantly reducing re-work required by sub-contractor and increasing effectiveness of rapid -prototyping efforts at ZEXEL.


  1. Developed effective learning materials in Japanese for mission- critical software and taught department leads how to instruct remainder of department on software use and techniques while at ZEXEL.

  2. While at ZEXEL developed original English language materials specific to the needs and abilities of both basic and advanced students. Included off-hours sessions to help provide opportunities for especially motivated students.

  3. Implemented on-line central repository for Boeing's model table developers thereby providing a transparent process for: creating documentation; and, providing corrections to said documentation in a community-centric content management frameworks (CMF). Significantly reduces overhead maintenance and does not impede content creators (group's developers) who need only concentrate on content creation itself.

  4. Acting as a Boeing in-house airline support engineer (ASE) providing technical assistance to airline performance engineers; answering questions related to aircraft operability and interacting on a daily basis with subject experts throughout company to synthesize a contextually relevant response to customer queries in a timely manner.


  1. Simultaneous interpreter for Shingijutsu consultants who assist The Boeing Company with AIW (Accelerated Improvement Workshops) and 3P (Production Preparation Planning) throughout BCA

  2. As of January 2005 have approximately 35 weeks of work-time with consultants throughout Boeing Commercial Airplane’s (BCA) world-wide major final assembly, fabrication, and tier-one supplier factories

  3. As of December 2005, certified as AIW Leader thereby able to conduct lean production implementation and improvement company-wide

Research Papers

Designing For Non-Functional Requirements

The cost of modifying software late in the software development life-cycle is high.  In the case of non-functional requirements such as security, reliability, performance and usability, the impacts of not considering these factors early and in a formal manner can be devastating to a product’s marketability and profitability.  The team looked to gain an understanding of where in the development life-cycle companies such as Microsoft address different non-functional requirements and what methods, if any, they are taking to address these requirements earlier in the development life-cycle.  This research highlights the sporadic industry acceptance of some popular yet theoretical methods for designing for non-functional requirements and suggests some practical approaches that are applicable for companies that also must consider the demands of schedule and cost.

Japanese Space Development: Past Present, and Future

This report is an effort to present an overall perspective of Japan's space development activities for the past three decades, along with exploring one possible prospect for Japan in the near future. Even now, Japan labors to continually revise its domestic space development policy based upon both thoughtful and practical introspection of its technical and political machineries. And as Japan's space aerospace community shows clear signs of thinking beyond traditional assumptions and prejudices so defining of their international counterparts, Japan may well propel itself to the forefront of the space race. In particular, the author is interested in understanding both technical and political mechanisms that have allowed Japan's current space activities to come to fruition. Toward this objective, the author has researched extensively, though not nearly as exhaustively as the author would like, survey of Japanese literature. This paper strives to yield a window peering in our Japanese counterparts' view of themselves. More so, whenever possible, the story of Japanese space activities are squarely framed within domestic and foreign influences. Through this juxtaposition, we are able to appreciate how Japan judges its past, present, and future performances against the multihued words that is space development.

Multi-Temperature and Ionization Effects on Bluff Body in Hypervelocity Flow

We numerically investigate the effect of ionization on hypersonic flows by using an approximate Riemann fully three-dimensional MHD solver, WARP3, which includes multiple temperature. The code calculates the ionization fraction as a function of temperature. We treat the flow as a single fluid with three (3) constituents, or namely ions, electrons, and neutrals.

It is believed that the inclusion of multi-temperature effects may explain the experimentally measured increase of shock stand-off distance encountered when an ionized hypersonic flow stagnates bluff body.