James Wilkes

James T. Wilkes is a Professor of computer science at Appalachian State University, teaching computer science courses and consulting on beekeeping data and technology related research, including the Bee Informed Partnership, being a founding member of the BIP IT team, and bee data projects in the Center for Analytics Research and Education (CARE). James received an MS (1989) and PhD (1994) in computer science from Duke University followed by an academic career at Appalachian that included an 11 year term as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 2006-2017. James’ father kept bees, so he grew up with bees in his backyard and started keeping his own bees in the year 2000, soon developing a thriving sideliner operation with his family as part of their Faith Mountain Farm business, and his son Sullivan now owns the bee operation, which is used in many of the research projects. James is founder and CEO of Hive Tracks, where he has led the research and development of technology solutions for beekeepers worldwide since 2009.

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