Al Erisman

Author, co-chair of the Theology of Work Project

Albert M. (Al) Erisman is Executive-in-Residence emeritus at the School of Business, Government, and Economics (SBGE) at Seattle Pacific University (SPU).  Between 2001 and 2017 he taught graduate and undergraduate courses at SPU while working with the Center for Integrity in Business. Currently, he is writing books; the executive editor of Ethix magazine (, where he has interviewed more than 100 world leaders on the topics of business, ethics, and technology; a founding board member of KIROS (Christians in business for the Seattle area); and co-chair of the Theology of Work Project (

 In April 2001 Al completed a 32-year career at The Boeing Company, the last 10 years as Director of R&D for computing and mathematics.  There he led a staff of 250-300 scientists as a part of the Boeing central research organization. He was a Senior Technical Fellow of the Company, and on numerous committees for technology and mathematics including those sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.  He was also on technology review committees for Los Alamos National Labs and Carnegie Mellon University.

 He is the author of The Accidental Executive: Lessons on Business, Faith, and Calling from the Life of Joseph (Hendrickson, 2015), Direct Methods for Sparse Matrices (Oxford Press, 2017), and co-editor of The Purpose of Business (Macmillan, 2015). He is currently writing Serving the Master and Mastering Service: History of the ServiceMaster Company; Technology and Faith; and A Mathematical Way of Seeing.