Wm. H. 'Bill' Burkett, PhD
Dr. Burkett chairs the Bachelor of Science program in General Information Technology and Project Management Information Technology degree programs for Capella's School of Undergraduate Studies. At present he oversees approximately 1000 IT Majors, taught by 20+ faculty members in approximately 45 sessions each quarter. Bill is a seasoned Information Technology, Information Science, Management Information Systems, and Computer Science professional. He has served, in the past, as a Project Manager on many large computer and shipboard projects. He has presented at several national and international conferences on various aspects of Emerging Technologies and Computer-Based Training and Learning. He also serves on the editorial review board of several international peer-reviewed journals and conferences dealing with differing aspects of Information Technology.
Bill is active in the Project Management Institute both at the local and national levels as well as lead in the Capella GAC accreditation. He is active in ACM being an established visiting evaluator for the ABET/CAC/CSAB commission.
Bill is married to Gail G. Burkett (professor of mathematics at PBSC) and has three grown children with nine grandchildren and one great-grand child. He is the former president of the Scottish American Society of Palm Beach County. In his spare time he plays the Highland Bagpipes and is the Bass Trombonist with the Gene Matis Big Band. He currently is an active member of the 'Citizens On Patrol' or COPS program of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office as well.
Bill is a proud veteran of 10 years of sea duty with the United States Coast Guard.
• PhD, Philosophy, Nova Southeastern University
• MS, Computer-Based Training and Learning, Nova Southeastern University
• BS, Business Administration, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.