I, Richard Ladson, lay claim to being “The World’s Most Experienced I.T. Guy”, having more than 52 years of experience in the field.  The highlights of my life experience are:

Professional experience

  1. Aerospace test engineer for the NASA Mercury 7 program (the original 7 astronauts)
  2. U.S. Army NCO, assigned to the Defense Atomic Support Agency (DASA) at the Pentagon (Promotion to E-5 by General Booth)
  3. Data reduction specialist for the NASA Orbiting Solar Observatory (OSO) and Orbiting Geophysical Observatory (OGO) satellite programs
  4. Sabbatical at M.I.T. Project MAC, the world’s first time sharing system
  5. R&D manager for Unisys Corporation, focusing on data base management, transaction processing, compilers, and applications
  6. World-wide Technology Manager for Unisys Y2K program
  7. Independent consultant, conducted 20 consulting engagements over 10 year period
  8. Middleware consultant for IRS
  9. Entrepreneur, created Veteran Computer Consultants, LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)


Civic Experience

  1. Ran for election to school board (unsuccessfully)
  2. Officer in Technical Professional Networking Group (TPNG)
  3. Member, Philadelphia Area Computer Society (PACS)


Academic Experience

  1. B.S. Engineering Mathematics, Wayne State University
  2. M.S. Engineering Science, Pennsylvania State University
  3. M.B.A. Temple University
  4. Instructor, St. Joseph’s University MBA Program
  5. Instructor, Villanova University MBA Program
  6. Instructor, Penn State University MBA Program
  7. Instructor, Penn State University Graduate Engineering Program
  8. Instructor, Unix/C training, Penn State University
  9. Corporate middleware instructor, webMethods corporation


Athletic Experience

  1. Varsity athlete at Wayne State University in four sports, wrestling, swimming, cross-country, track
  2. Competitive water skier  (me doing slalom)
  3. Competed in 30 five mile road races (at 6 minutes/mile pace)
  4. Completed 4 marathons
  5. 4th degree brown belt in JUDO, winning 25 competitive matches (judo tournament)