Bill McNeely obtained a Ph.D. in physics from Caltech in 1971 and for the next 6 years pursued physics research in Hamburg, Germany. In 1977 he began working for Boeing Computer Services in Seattle, Washington, developing advanced computer graphics for engineering applications. From 1981 to 1988 he served as chief engineer at startup company TriVector Inc., creating software products for technical illustration. In 1988 he founded the software consulting company McNeely & Associates. In 1989 he returned to Boeing, where he now holds the position of Technical Fellow. At Boeing he has pursued research in high-performance computer graphics, haptic simulation, and information assurance.