Mel Beckman is a senior technical editor for System iNEWS. He has built two regional Internet service providers and is currently president of Beckman Software Engineering, a technical consultancy specializing in large-scale, high-bandwidth networks. His past clients include Apple Computer, the City and County of Santa Barbara, DuPont Displays, IBM, Loral Federal Systems, United Airlines, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Department of Energy. Mel has presented seminars on computer programming and network technology throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Mel's hundreds of articles about networks and software development have appeared in e-Pro, InfoWorld, System iNEWS, Macworld, PC World, and Windows IT Pro magazines. He writes email newsletters about networking and web development that are read weekly by tens of thousands of subscribers.
Mel has received numerous writing awards, including the Excellence and Distinguished Technical Communication awards from the Society for Technical Communication. He co-authored, with Gartner research director John Enck, the book LAN to WAN Communications, which has been translated into more than six languages, including Chinese.
Mel's personal interests include playing the classical guitar, flying helicopters, and marine biology, but not all at the same time.