Joe Bell is a happily married father of two, and a grandfather of one. He loves to create things that help people and has spent many years creating software for private companies and government agencies to help them meet their objectives. He also loves helping people who are facing serious personal challenges, so he got a law degree, complete with a writing gig on Law Review, and then became a lawyer. He loves to work with people and help them get things done, so most recently he has been busy as a business analyst and project manager, helping...
Joe Bell taught proprietary database and computer aided design systems for a national clientele. During this period he developed a strong empathy for students, both those with the background to excel and those who had to work a little harder to catch up. His classroom experience taught him a great deal about how to listen to student needs as well as how to make any subject matter both fun and accessible to anyone truly motivated to learn.
State of Illinois, Information Systems Analyst II
2015 - Present
Lead Business Analyst for major modernization of legacy Illinois WIC management information system, providing research, analysis, and written work product (reports, presentations, requests for proposal, etc.), as well as strong lines of communication with key stakeholders and SMEs. Also serving as Project Manager/Business Analyst for a number of smaller IT systems designed to help economically disadvantaged mothers and their children.
Captitol Strategies, Consultant
2008 - 2015
InterTech (formerly CBM Associates), Senior Software Engineer
2002 - 2007
Developed and maintained a number of .NET/VB/SQL applications that helped a geological consulting organization provide complex permitting services to energy companies doing natural gas exploration.
Exelon Corporation, Senior Analyst
1990 - 2002
Developed FORTRAN and C++ software for real-time nuclear control room training simulator application, including modeling of flow networks and logic for high-pressure liquid systems and related electronics.
Prime Computer (aka ComputerVision), Senior Educator/Marketing Support Specialist
1986 - 1990
Started out providing marketing support to a national customer base for Medusa, including development of complex math and graphical solutions for computing solutions to mechanical engineering problems. Later, taught classes in Medusa, a computer aided design (CAD) system for mechanical engineering, and taught classes in a proprietary database called Prime Information (now known as IBM UniVerse), a Pick-based system.