William R. Schleter

Biography

I was born William Raymond Schleter in 1961 in Denver, Colorado to Joseph and Nancy Schleter. While growing up in rural central Indiana, I went to Greenfield Central High School. Looking back, I now know that I was extremely lucky to attend a good school with some great teachers. My college years were spent at the University of Missouri-Rolla where I received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 3½ years.

My first job took me to east Tennessee where I worked in the Computer-Aided Engineering department at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge for 12 years. It was there that I was fortunate to get experience with a lot of neat technologies, and to learn what I really liked doing was making computers do things. In 1995, when Y-12 stopped being a fun place to work, I chose to venture out on my own. I did independent software development and consulting work for a few years where I learned that the business aspects of consulting were critical to being successful, and I did not enjoy the business aspects of consulting.

Somewhere in the midst of working and playing I found time to be married on October 18, 1988 to a very special person - Zeni Batte. We have have two wonderful daughters, Zeni Marie (1989) and Amy Linn (1991) who grew up way too fast in the Karns community near Knoxville, TN. Amy graduated from Rose Hulman University May, 2013 with a degree in mechanical engineering while she played soccer for the Fightin' Engineers. She married Andrew Eslinger (also a Rose ME grad) in July, 2013. They are currently living in Tuscon, AZ. Andrew used to fly Chinooks for the US Army and now works for Raytheon. Amy works part time for Keller-Williams Realty. Zeni is a special person who completed the Future Program at the University of Tennessee and Project Search at East TN Children's Hospital.

In the Summer of 1997 I was asked to help out with running the University of Tennessee's engineering graphics classes. That task evolved into becoming part of the team that teaches Engineering Fundamentals classes at UT. While working I earned a MS degree in Instructional Technology at UT in December, 2005. Years later I'm still trying to pass that first set of engineering classes :) My hobbies include golf, computers, web development, 3D printing, woodworking, drones, and electric vehicles.