Title: Software Engineering Consultant
Company: Department of Defense
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Richard Kendall, Software Engineering Consultant at the Department of Defense, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cybersecurity and technology research.
Growing up, Dr. Kendall realized he wanted to pursue a career in mathematics from his first algebra class. He was overwhelmed and fascinated by the powerful idea that a single formula applied to the measurement of every circle in the universe, and upon his graduation from public school, he enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied mathematics. Dr. Kendall earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1963 and a Master of Arts in 1964, continuing his academic pursuits at Rice University, where he earned a PhD in mathematics in 1973.
In 1972, Dr. Kendall embarked on his career as a senior research associate at the Exxon Production Research Company, and in 1980, he earned an additional Master of Arts in mathematics from Rice University. He accepted a position as the vice president of a small startup, J. S. Nolen & Associates in 1982, and later recalled his time with the company as a highlight of his career. Leveraging his administrative experience, Dr. Kendall served as the chief operating officer of Western Atlas Software from 1990 to 1992, and in 1995, he became the director of the testbed for the industry at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a post he held until 1999.
Dr. Kendall continued his career at the laboratory, excelling as the program manager of cybersecurity from 1999 to 2000, and rose to the rank of Chief Information Officer (CIO), remaining in the position until his departure in 2003. Through his work as the CIO of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Kendall enjoyed the opportunity to combine his diverse expertise and knowledge. Following his departure, he leveraged his expertise as a visiting scientist at the Software Engineering Institute from 2005 to 2007 and has since contributed to the Department of Defense as a software engineering consultant.
Dr. Kendall has contributed numerous scientific papers to professional journals and maintains affiliations with the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. In addition to his main professional pursuits, he worked as an adjunct professor of mathematics from 1975 to 1980, and later as a visiting professor of mathematics to Wake Forest University from 2013 to 2014. As a testament to his success, stature and experience, Dr. Kendall has been featured in the 11th and 12th editions of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, as well as the 67th and 68th editions of Who’s Who in America.
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