Bill Ferster

Bill Ferster is on the faculty at the University of Virginia with a joint appointment with the Center for Technology and Teacher Education (CTTE) at the Curry School of Education, and the Science, Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives (SHANTI) at the College of Arts and Sciences.

At SHANTI he directs the VisualEyes Project which helps faculty and students to develop interactive visualizations using VisualEyes, and teaches undergraduate classes in the digital humanities.

At CTTE he directs the PrimaryAccess Project, which enables middle and high school students to create digital documentaries using primary source documents online, and recently won the American Library Association's 25 Best Educational Websites award.


In past lives, Ferster has founded a number of innovative high technology companies, including:

StageTools LLC (, the leading developer of digital motion control tools with its MovingPicture product. MovingPicture is a tool for documentary filmmakers to pan and zoom on high-resolution images. MovingPicture is used extensively by organizations as diverse as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, BBC, PBS, and the legendary Ken Burns.

Editing Machines Corporation (EMC), the developer of the first digital nonlinear video editing system. EMC received an Emmy Award for pioneering a technology that has revolutionized the way all films and videos are edited. EMC was acquired by The Dynatech Video Group in 1994.

West End Film Inc., maker of one of the first PC-based 3D animation systems. Further development yielded a full product suite of integrated drawing tools for slide making, paint, charting and full color desktop publishing. West End was acquired by Pansophic Systems (NYSE:PNS) in 1987.


34313 Welbourne Road
Middleburg, VA 20117
+1 (540) 592-7001
bferster - @ -

Twitter: @bferster