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William Shields

Founder & Principal, Synthmind.AI


Artificial Intelligence Executive, Strategist, and Speaker with more than 16 years in developing business and implementing Al-based solutions that increase efficiency and decrease costs.

Named one of the first 18 global “OpenAl Experts”, an endorsement awarded and recognized formally by OpenAl.

Founder and Principal of Synthminds.AI, an Al consultancy and engineering firm that specializes in helping businesses implement Artificial Intelligence solutions to optimize their operations and enhance customer experiences.

Focused on promoting the science of informed decision making through data analytics and Al technologies with a focus on outcomes.

Deep understanding of Al technologies, peer-reviewed Prompt Engineering techniques, as well as experience in developing and implementing Al-based solutions for businesses. Strong knowledge of machine learning, natural language processing, GPT3/4 large language models and conversational Al.

16+ years experience as a US Navy Supply Officer, most recently providing data-driven acquisition, supply and logistics support to three CONUS regions and the Mediterranean theater. Customers include 150 ships and submarines, 40 Navy partners and 700 DoD activities worldwide.


  • MS. Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School
  • MBA, College of William and Mary
  • BS, Economics, United States Naval Academy


  • LOGTECH IDB Advanced Program in Logistics and Technology.
    University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Network Science Certificate, Complex Networks,
    Naval Postgraduate School