Joel West, Ph.D.

Industry Experience

In addition to academic credentials as a researcher and teacher, Joel can draw on more than 20 years’ experience in the I.T. industries. This experience is highlighted below.


  • 2002-present: Principal, Strategy consulting to IT firms, with an emphasis on business models and intellectual property.
  • 1986-1987: Consultant. For CACI, designed ModSim object-oriented simulation language, basis for its subsequent ModSim II and ModSim III products.


  • 1987-2004: Chairman (2002-2004) and President (1987-2002), Palomar Software, Inc.: Oceanside, Calif.: As president and co-founder of this Macintosh software developer, variously did industrial marketing, strategic planning, public relations and engineering management.
  • 1983-1986: Technical Product Manager, CACI, Inc. - Federal: La Jolla, Calif. Enhanced existing SIMSCRIPT II.5 simulation software products and led new development projects for this government contractor.
  • 1981-1983: Government Reporter, Vista Press: Vista, Calif.
  • 1979-1981: Systems Programmer, CACI, Inc. - Federal: Los Angeles
  • 1974-1976: Systems Programmer, Computer Timesharing Corp.: San Diego

Conference Speaking


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