IT management in training and publishing environments.
Electronic publication and web
Professional writer, editor and
TRIZ (Systematic Innovation)
Technical and academic educator.
Technical training development.
|About Steven Rodman:
Steven Rodman is a writer, educator, information architect
and technology consultant. Born in Southern California, he moved
to Worcester, Massachusetts where he studied Philosophy,
Religion, and Literature at Assumption College, graduating
Rodman has served as Senior Technical Instructor at Prime
Computer in Ireland, Puerto Rico and the U.S., where he
developed R&D new technology training for technicians and
engineers. He has also served as Director of Information Systems
and Technologies at Worcester Publishing, Ltd. (Worcester
Magazine, Worcester Business Journal, and Hartford
Business Journal). He was senior staff writer for
Worcester Business Journal the year it won the National
Best Business Publication Award. He has also contributed to
Worcester Magazine, Profile, Izobretenia, and other
He is a co-founder of
Innovation Center, Inc., one of the world's premier TRIZ
(Theory of Systematic Innovation) training, consulting, and
publishing companies. He is presently President of Publications and
Rodman has studied TRIZ since 1993, primarily under the
tutelage of his partner, and TRIZ Master, Lev Shulyak, though he
has studied with several other Russian TRIZ Masters. Rodman and
Shulyak teamed to extensively re-translate and edit the English
edition of Genrich Altshuller's And Suddenly the Inventor
Appeared. Since then, the two have collaborated on
translations of Altshuller's 40 Principles: TRIZ Keys to
Technical Innovation, and The Innovation Algorithm: TRIZ,
Systematic Innovation and Technical Creativity. In 2005,
Rodman edited Ballad of the Stars, a collection of TRIZ
science fiction stories by Altshuller and Valentina Zhuravlyova.
Rodman was instrumental in the formation of
Institute for TRIZ Studies.
Rodman is co-founder, with Courtney Schlosser, of The
Philosopher's Club, a group dedicated to developing and
publishing philosophy-related and educational texts.
Rodman is also a partner in the antiquarian publishing
companies Lost Library and Octobernight.
Early life adventures include being an original employee, along
with Howard Lowery, of Malcolm Willits' and Leonard Brown's
legendary Collector's Book Store in the late 1960s where
he specialized in the appraisal of rare fantasy and science
During the 1970s, Rodman partnered with artists Robert Dowd and
Tamara Sloan in the art and design groups Serigraphics, Inc.
and Dream House.
One of his more memorable adventures was a brief stint as
co-pilot with Peter Rowan in The Free Mexican Air Force.
After first meeting H. H. Tenzin Gyatso, Tibet's 14th Dalai Lama, in 1994, Rodman
extensively with the western Massachusetts Tibetan community in exile.
He and his
wife, artist and graphic designer Robyn (Cutler) Rodman, have
sponsored and hosted several Tibetan asylees.
Co-Translator and Editor 1996-Present
And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared (1996), 40 Principles: TRIZ Keys to Technical
Innovation (1997), The Innovation Algorithm: TRIZ, the Theory of Inventive
Problem Solving (1998), 40 Principles Extended Edition (2005)
and Ballad of the Stars: Stories of Science Fiction and TRIZ
Information and Media Architect
The Matrix of Philosophy:
The Quest for Understanding (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 editions)
electronic publication, TRIZCON Proceedings (1998 - 2006),
Izobretenia: the Journal of the Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies,
Friends of Tiny
and The Fletcher/Priest Online Gallery.
Consultant and designer for Whole Health Now, Archibel Software,
CiderRides, Magic Pixel Films, Hollywood Quickies, The Friends of Tiny, and Canyon Dog
Productions. Co-founder (with Robyn Cutler) of The Windchime Group,
Octobernight, and Lost Library LLC.
Co-Founder, The Altshuller
Institute for TRIZ Studies
initiated, along with Genrich Altshuller, Lev Shulyak and Richard
Langevan, the first official TRIZ organization in the United States.
Provide ongoing consultation and technical support. Design and develop
Support liaison for the Western
Massachusetts Tibetan Community.
TECHNICAL INNOVATION CENTER, Worcester, MA
President of Publications, Editor/Translator
& Technology Consultant
Promoted Systematic Innovation (TRIZ) technology in conjunction with NASA Regional
Technology Transfer Centers. Design and development of web site. Edit and
co-translate TRIZ technical and training texts.
LTD., Worcester, MA
Webmaster, WBJONLINE 1995-1998
Designed and developed Worcester Business Journals online
Director of Information
Managed desktop publishing, editorial and business computer systems for Worcester
Business Journal, Hartford Business Journal and Worcester Magazine. Developed
and managed technology-based projects (CD-ROM and web publications). Managed extensive
conversion to an electronic manifest system. Provided user application training
(WordPerfect, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and PC / MAC usage). Managed and trained
technicians and interns. Consultant to publications on science and technology issues.
Senior Staff Writer &
Contributing Writer 1990-1996
Senior staff writer for Worcester Business Journal the year it was awarded American
Association of Business Publications "Best Publication." Contributed feature
stories to Worcester Magazine, Inside Worcester, Success and American Airlines' Profiles.
INDEPENDENT TRAINING & TECHNICAL
Erwin Sales, Boston, MA
Provided technical training to AT&T and Digital Equipment Corporation consumer sales representatives. Technology
Bowditch and Dewey,
Worcester, MA 1991-1992
Developed and delivered OFFICEPOWER training to attorneys and legal secretaries. Produced
training curricula and manuals. Provided user support during and after training process.
PRIME COMPUTER, Framingham,
Senior Technical Instructor
Managed system-level technical education training programs in support of New Product
Introduction teams. Coordinated, developed and taught Advance Manufacturing courses in
Ireland, Puerto Rico and Framingham. Developed and taught application courses for office
and management users. Produced training manuals and technical documentation. Subjects
included: Theory of Operation, Operating System Internals, CPU
Architecture, I/O Bus, UNIX User, PRIMOS User, Diagnostic Test
Procedures, Failure Interpretation and Corrective Maintenance.
System Administrator 1983-1990
Managed training department network of
mainframes, PCs and terminals. Maintained system hardware and application software
under PRIMOS and UNIX.
Board Repair / System
Tested and repaired computer systems and
boards to the major component level. Founding member: Technician Training and
Manufacturing Quality committees.
FRANKLIN INSTITUTE OF BOSTON, Boston, MA
Taught evening electronics technology certification courses: AC and DC
Electronics, Math for Electronics, Semiconductor Theory and Microprocessors.
Member: Computer Technology Advisory Committee.
B.S., Liberal Studies, 1991. Cum laude.
TRIZ (Systematic Innovation)
Personalized training from leading TRIZ experts: Lev Shulyak (TECHNICAL INNOVATION
CENTER), Boris Zlotin, Alla Zusman and Dr. Gafur Zainiev (IDEATION INTERNATIONAL INC.),
Victor Fey (THE TRIZ GROUP).
certifications, including: C Programming, Operating System Internal Concepts &
Data Structures, UNIX Internals, PRIMOS Internals, System Administration
Language Programming. Extensive Advance Manufacturing R&D new product specific training.
Management, Inc., Cambridge, MA
Effective Classroom Instruction and Technical Training
New Horizons Computer Learning Center,
Various IT training certifications, including: Advanced Adobe
Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, Advanced Adobe PageMaker and Adobe