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Bill Mitchell Obituary
Posted by: newsla on Mar 01, 2014 - 06:14 AM
Bill Mitchell Obituary

On January 17, 2014, William C. Mitchell passed away suddenly at his home in Mooresville, NC. He was known to his friends as Bill. He was graduated from CalTech in 1967 with a degree in mathematics specializing in numerical analysis, or how to perform difficult calculations. This was followed with a Masters from Stanford University in 1969. Bill spent his working life developing design and analysis software for the automotive and motorsports industry.


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Bill is generally considered to be the first programmer to begin the development of serious data acquisition software (Debrief3) designed specifically for the motorsports industry. In fact, many of the screen graphics and methods of analyzing data originally developed by Bill are still being used by virtually all of the current data acquisition software developers. This includes the basic algorithms used to construct an accurate track map.

Bill's greatest contribution to the motorsports and automotive industry was the development of his kinematics (geometry analysis) software packages known as WinGeo3. Bill pioneered this type of software which allowed the user to study how a suspension system would move under dynamic conditions. Bill's Premier/Data WinGeo3 version allows the race engineer to download track data directly into the program, allowing the engineer to look at step-by-step suspension motion throughout each portion of the track. Bill was a visionary in that the development of this type of software was years ahead of any other kinematics software system.

Sadly, at the time of his death, Bill no longer had any living relatives. However, through the years, he built his own close-knit family of friends. He was dearly thought of and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He will be remembered for his brilliance, gentleness and generosity……rest in peace.

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