Tim Attaway
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Short Biographical Sketch

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  • I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When I was born my father had already been transferred to Dallas, Texas. I moved to Dallas when I was several weeks old and stayed there for a very long time.
  • I went to Lake Highlands Elementary School, Lake Highlands Junior High School, and Lake Highlands High School, all in Dallas (in the Richardson Independent School District. I graduated from Lake Highlands High School in 1970.
  • I went to Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas for my Freshman year of college. Then I transferred to North Texas State University, now known as the University of North Texas.
  • I graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in December of 1973. I had a minor in French. I received secondary teaching certification.
  • In January of 1974 I found myself back at Lake Highlands High School teaching mathematics. I also started my Master's Degree at the University of Texas at Dallas that same month.
  • In the Summer of 1975 I completed my Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences/Computer Science at UTD.
  • After receiving my Master's Degree I stopped teaching and began working as a programmer. My first professional programming job was as a COBOL programmer at the Texas Credit Union League.
  • After laying out one semester I started on a PhD in Mathematics/Computer Science at UTD. I completed about a third of it before finally deciding to give myself some time for a personal life.
  • My strategy worked. I got married in the summer of 1978. My son was born in 1979. My daughter was born in 1981.
  • In 1979 I went to work for Data General Corporation and moved to Atlanta. We lived there for four years.
  • In 1983 I changed jobs and went to work for Bell Northern Research, which became part of Northern Telecom, which later changed its name to Nortel Networks. That move brought us back to Dallas. The majority of my time at Nortel was spent managing various software development organization.
  • While working at Nortel, I completed 66 hours towards a Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I did that work between 1986 and 1989.
  • My years at Nortel allowed me to see the world. My business travels required a great deal of time in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Los Angeles, in San Francisco, in Chicago, in Washington, D.C., in Atlanta, in Toronto, and in Ottawa, Ontario, as well as occasional trips to places such as Israel, Paris, Frankfurt, India, Tokyo. Personal travel also took me to places such as Paris, Rome, Australia (twice), Bermuda, and all over the United States. Alaska is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever had the privilege of visiting. New York City is my favorite.
  • Eventually at Nortel I moved into a sales support role and eventually became part of the sales team for AT&T. After constantly travelling to New Jersey for over two years, we finally moved there. That was in the summer of 2000.
  • Telecom started to be a shaky industry around the time that we moved north. I ended up leaving Nortel and going to work for Sonus Networks. I made that transition in January of 2001.
  • About two weeks after 9/11, Sonus had a major "restructuring" and a great many people (including me) lost their jobs. Unfortunately this was going on industry-wide and nation-wide. There we no telecom jobs to be found.
  • I taught college at The King's College in Manhattan (in the Empire State Building) for a semester to help make ends meet.
  • In the Spring of 2002 we decided that we needed to move back to Texas where the cost of housing would be cheaper and where we felt like our network of acquaintances might make it easier to find work. We moved back in July of 2002.
  • After moving back, I taught college again at Collin County Community College for a semester.
  • In January of 2004 I went to work as the Associate Pastor of the church to which we had belonged before we moved to New Jersey. Among my responsibilities in this role was oversight of mission activities in Mexico. I helped to start a Bible college in Cancun to train Mexican pastors. I made monthly trips to Cancun, Mexico City, and Puebla to hold training seminars for pastors there.
  • While working at the church, I decided that it was time to retool myself technically. Software development was a very different endeavor than it was when I had done it professionally. I began doing web development primarily to teach myself how.
  • In March, 2006 I took a job at Marketplace Ministries as a programmer/web designer. I worked with ASP.NET 2.0, Visual Basic, C#, SQL Server 2005, html, CSS, Javascript, etc. I was there until September, 2011.
  • In September, 2011 I joined Centroid Systems as a programmer/web designer. I have worked with ASP.NET 2.0 and 4.5. I have been responsible for supporting ASP Classic (VB Script) applications and eventually converting them to C#. I have worked with C#, html, CSS, some Visual Basic, SQL Server, Javascript, and AJAX.