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Oris Friesen Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Friesen has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the software engineering industry

Dr. Oris Friesen's most notable achievement has been designing the first commercial relational database management system for a mainframe computer known as the Multics Relational Data Store in 1975.

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ, April 10, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Oris Friesen with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Friesen celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Backed by over 50 years of practiced experience, Dr. Friesen is the co-founder and a member of Ontopilot, LLC, positions he has held since 2008. Simultaneously, he has served as the president of Future Information Technology since 2000, as well as excelling as an independent consultant in the field since 2002. He began his career as a computer system analyst with Computer Sciences Corporation in Richland, WA from 1967 to 1969, subsequently working as a computer system designer with General Electric in Phoenix, AZ from 1969 to 1970 and a database system designer and an engineering fellow with Honeywell Information Systems, Inc. from 1970 to 1990. Having earned a Bachelor of Science in 1964 and a Master of Arts in 1966 from the University of Arizona, Dr. Friesen obtained his Doctor of Philosophy from Arizona State University in 1982, which led to a position as a research professor of computer science and engineering for the aforementioned university from 1991 to 2001.

In order to remain aware of changes in the field, Dr. Friesen is affiliated with a number of professional organizations including the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for Asian Studies, the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians and the International Council on Systems Engineering. He has also been involved in various other career-related endeavors, serving as the director for the eLearning Systems for Arizona Teachers and Students Inc. from 2006 to 2010, a chairman and organizer for the XPRIZE Think Tank Conference from 2015 to 2017 and a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering since 2018, among others. A holder of five United States patents in database technology, Dr. Friesen's creative works include the publication, "China Reporting: An Oral History of American Journalism in the 1930s-1940s," as well as contributions to articles published professional journals.

Dr. Friesen's most notable achievement has been designing the first commercial relational database management system for a mainframe computer known as the Multics Relational Data Store in 1975. In recognition of his exceptional work in the field, he was presented with the Honeywell H.W. Sweatt Award for Engineers and Scientists in 1978. Prior to his longstanding career as a software engineer, he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1957 to 1965. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Dr. Friesen enjoys studying the Chinese language and genealogy.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Friesen has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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