I. M. Wright is an alter ego of Eric Brechner. Eric is the development manager for the Xbox Engineering Services team. Prior to his current assignment, Eric managed development for the Xbox.com web sites, was director of engineering learning and development for Microsoft Corporation, and managed development for a shared feature team in Microsoft Office. Before joining Microsoft in 1995, Eric was a senior principal scientist at The Boeing Company, where he worked in the areas of large-scale visualization, computational geometry, network communications, data-flow languages, and software integration. He was the principal architect of FlyThru, the walkthrough program for the 20 gigabyte, 500+ million polygon model of the Boeing 777 aircraft. Eric has also worked in computer graphics and CAD for Silicon Graphics, GRAFTEK, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He holds eight patents, written two books, earned a BS and MS in mathematics and a PhD in applied mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was a certified performance technologist.
Outside work, Eric is a husband and proud father of two boys. His younger son has autism. Eric works on autism insurance benefits and serves on the University of Washington Autism Center board. He is also an Affiliate Professor evenings at the University of Washington’s Bothell campus. In the few remaining minutes of his day, Eric enjoys going to Seattle Mariners games and reading about psychology, economics, and science fiction. Although Eric shares I. M.’s passion for product, he tries to be a little more tolerant and open-minded.