William Stearns

Father, Husband, Amateur Radio Operator NE4RD, and geek.

Work Experience

LIMS Analyst at Stillwater Mining Corporation 2011 – Present

  • Administrates the Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS in a metallurgical laboratory performing over 300,000 plus analyses per annum
  • Develops ad-hoc reports to conduct data analysis and validation
  • Collaborates with all departments to analyze current operational procedures and trends, and identify problems and provide solutions
  • Assesses the financial impact of issues identified in laboratory processes.
  • Analyzes requirements, procedures, and problems to automate processing or to improve existing business systems
  • Creates multi user, real-time, robust database solutions that interact with internal and external execution systems
  • Coaches staff on all installed robotic automated systems (Herzog, ABB, FLSmidth), instrument software installations (Tiamo, WinLab, iTeva, SuperQ, etc), and Metrohm titration systems
  • Builds calibrations on PANALytical Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence instruments for complex matrices

LIMS/LIS Developer at SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) 2003 – 2011

  • Participated in SOP development, QA/QC documentation, and laboratory audits from various governing organizations (NELAP, DOD, COE, ISO17025 etc.)
  • Developed and maintained bench level applications for doing calculations, measurements, and auditing, for various environmental methods (SW846, CWA, ASTM, SM, etc.)
  • Engineered a web based Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) built on LAMP stack in production in the Wilmington, NC Environmental Lab
  • Supported various LIMS throughout the network of environmental laboratories in North America, Asia, and Europe
  • Acted as general IT support for all connected systems including desktops, servers, and scientific equipment

Network Engineer at AOL Time Warner 1999 – 2002

  • Coordinated all IP connectivity for the Wilmington, NC and inter-connectivity with Carolina Regional Network (OC48, OC12, OC3, DS3)
  • Developed a web based application for managing and troubleshooting network and coaxial performance across a Cisco powered Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial network using Simple Network Management Protocol and Perl
  • Facilitated a network of 60,000 client devices using various technologies (DOCSIS, DPT, POS, ATM, ETH, UBR, GSR, OSPF, BGPv4, RIPv2, RA)
  • Supported regional network operations of 600,000+ client devices
  • Oversaw DNS (BIND), IP Address Allocation and other network services on SunOS and Windows based systems

Lead Internet Network Operations Tech at MediaOne/US West 1996 – 1999

  • Directed a team of technicians installing and supporting a one-way cable modem network
  • Provided tier 2 and 3 support to a client base of 10,000 subscribers


University of South Florida – Tampa, Florida
Bachelor of Arts in Criminology


2002 – Cisco Certified Network Professional


Montana Audubon Conservation Education Center
Boy Scouts of America – Montana Council – Black Otter District – Troop 7
Amateur Radio Emergency Services – Yellowstone County