William Monty Wood

Education

William Monty Wood grew up in California in the San Francisco Bay area. As a child, he enjoyed playing basketball and was interested in science and nature. He always knew that he wanted to study physics.

William completed his undergraduate degree in Physics at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. His thesis was titled “The Sagnac Effect”. William continued his studies at the University of Texas where he received his PhD in Physics. During this time, he completed his dissertation titled “Femtosecond Time-Resolved Study of Plasma Generation and Dynamics by Blueshifting of High Intensity Laser Pulses”. Throughout his studies, Willaim was an avid cycler; he liked to read, play guitar, sing, and write music.

Professional Experiences

After grad school, William began his career as a theoretical physicist with an extensive mathematics background. He worked as as a contractor at NASA in Washington. This experience led him to find his true calling in experimental science. He headed back East to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he worked for 25 years, retiring in 2018. 

Throughout his career, William wrote several research papers and received dozens of outstanding achievement awards at the laboratory. A few of his major achievements includ his development of numerical iterative solutions for Fredholm Integral problems of the 1st kind, and the natural way in which the solution space divides into bins; and the development of stock trading systems with better than 80% profitable trades, using machine learning principles of feature engineering to sort through potential signal contributions.

  • 1991-Present: Independent Consultant and Inventor
  • 1997-2018: Staff Scientist 3 at Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 1993-1997: Director's-funded Postdoctoral Intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 1983-1991: Physics Graduate Student at University of Texas at Austin

Personal Life

This proud family man has a wife and four children. He enjoys woodworking, cooking, and lapidary, a hobby first he started when he was 14 and has recently picked back up. At one point William used to brew beer and had a contract with a local restaurant. He’s also proud of having run up Pikes Peak in Colorado several times.

William believes it’s important to reach out and connect with the community. He and his children volunteer several times a year at a local soup kitchen. He also used to work at the Austin Rape Crisis Center when he lived in Texas.

William is in the process of getting his own consulting business up and running, called Wood Analytics Consulting.

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