Dr. Ted Foster is the Assistant Dean of the UMBC College of Engineering and IT and the Graduate Program Director of the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering programs. He joined UMBC in 2000 after a 36-year career at Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. Dr. Foster has served in various levels of management in advanced development or applied research in electronics, primarily for radar systems. For seven years he served as General Manager of the Electronics, Information, and Sciences Division at the Westinghouse Research Laboratory, in Pittsburgh, PA and Director of the Northrop Grumman Science and Technology Center. Other specialties include electro-optical surveillance, targeting, and missile warning, microwave design department, VHSIC programs, and surveillance radar systems.
Dr. Foster received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, Dr. Foster is a Senior member of IEEE, a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi, and serves as an Evaluator for ABET accreditation of EE and Computer Engineering programs.
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Donald Gantzer, a recent retiree, is a seasoned government employee (Operations Research Analyst, DOT and DOE) who most recently served as a Senior Systems Engineer at SAIC. In this position, he supported the Department of Defense’s Systems Engineering office in policy guidance, assessment of acquisition programs, review of SE plans, STEM program for universities, and acted as the Lead Standardization Authority for DoD’s ASSIST tool.
Prior to his time at SAIC, Mr. Gantzer has consulted for numerous government agencies, such as NASA, FAA, Depts. of Energy and Transportation, IRS, EPA, etc., while working at Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, MITRE, and CNA. His specialties include implementing best practices for process improvement with strong focus on measurements, project management emphasizing risk management, systems analysis & design, operations research, program evaluation, and policy analysis.
Mr. Gantzer received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering and M.S. in Operations Research from the Ohio State University and a M.S. in Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech. He has served on many working groups and committees in the SE sector and has taught as an adjunct faculty member at several universities in systems engineering, engineering management, systems analysis & design, process improvement, systems/software engineering models and standards, statistics, practical software and systems measurements and analysis.
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Federal Enterprise Architecture Certification
Systems Engineering Principals and Practices (SEPP)
Systems Architecture Workshop (SAW)
Fred Highland, a System Architect for Lockheed Martin, has over 30 years of experience in information technology and over 20 years of experience in architecting successful large-scale systems. Mr. Highland led the development effort for the Data Capture System for the U.S. 2000 Census. In 1998, he built on the US Census work, integrating socio-economic coding automation into the design to define the system architecture that successfully processed over 30,000,000 forms for the 2001 UK Census. For the 2006 Canadian Census, he evolved the architecture to support the first large scale census integrating multi-channel paper, internet and telephone data capture. He recently implemented advanced multi-channel integration architecture for the US 2010 Census Decennial Response Integration System and advised on the architectures for UK 2011 and Canada 2011 Censuses.
Mr. Highland completed his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island and his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Houston. Additionally, Mr. Highland is a Lockheed Martin Fellow, a certified Lockheed Martin Systems Architect and a Certified Federal Enterprise Architect. He has broad interest in the area of systems architecture, censuses and large-scale data collection. As an innovative problem solver holding a number of patents in the fields of artificial intelligence and document processing, he has authored presentations and papers on the topics of artificial intelligence, modeling, statistics and document processing.
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B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Maryland
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Maryland
M.S. Engineering Management, George Washington University
J.D. University of Maryland School of Law
Jeffrey Ray, who began teaching for UMBC in 2011, is a Project Manager and Senior Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman with 30 years of broad based problem solving experience related to the structured acquisition of information technology systems. Through his various positions at Northrop Grumman, Dr. Ray has managed the development and integration of software and computer hardware systems into military vehicle platforms, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Integration and Test Lab (CITL) that brought in $25M worth of sales, implemented a data labeling system wrapper into the WinNT OS, qualified the integrated Command & Control software applications and introduced a streamlined IRAD documentation methodology adopted across the company.
Mr. Ray is a Subject Matter Expert in the areas of technical resource planning, staffing, and resource management, project planning and control, Scheduling, budget forecasting, and status reporting, systems engineering, integration and test, bringing structured process controls to software development, integration and test activities, and new business development and capture planning.
He received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, a M.S. in Engineering Management from George Washington University, and his J.D. from the University Of Maryland School Of Law. Additionally, Dr. Ray is a PMI certified Program Management Professional (PMP), INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP), licensed Attorney at Law, certified six sigma black belt, registered Professional Engineer, and instrument rated private pilot with detailed knowledge of the national airspace system.
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B.S., Engineering, Widener University
M.S., Systems Engineering (with a Certificate in Software Systems Engineering), George Mason University
DAWIA Level III Certification in Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering
Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) via International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
Mr. Martin has more than 25 years of experience as a General Engineer specializing in Systems Development and Procurement in the Defense Acquisition community. He is presently working as a Senior Systems Engineer for Serco, Inc. and is their representative for the INCOSE CAB. He’s also is the company’s lead for the Systems Engineering Community of Practice (CoP). He also teaches a CSEP preparation for UMBC Training Center. For the past few years he’s been active in the Board of Directors for the Chesapeake Chapter of INCOSE (both as Communications Director and Program Director.)
Richard Taylor, who has been teaching for UMBC since 2006, recently retired after a distinguished 38-year career at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems. As a certified senior systems architect, Mr. Taylor was the systems architect of a wide range of large systems, including the Data Capture System for the US 2000 Decennial Census, U.S. Customs modernization, Classified Intelligence System, Operational Control System for the Global Positioning System, Wide Area GPS System Augmentation, Identification, Tasking, and Networking for FBI fingerprinting, Collection management system for Smithsonian Institution and National Gallery of Art, Insurance processing for USAA Insurance Company, Gate scheduling system for British Airways and Credit card processing for American Express.
Mr. Taylor received his B.A. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Additionally, he has made numerous presentations on systems architecting at international conferences and has published several articles on system architecting in trade journals. He has received five outstanding achievement awards from IBM and Lockheed Martin. GCN magazine recognized the Decennial Census 2000 program, for which he was the architect, as one of the three most outstanding government programs developed in 2000.