L. McDonald, Jr., Ph.D.
May 1988 to
Professor of Management Information Systems, Texas A&M
As a professor, I develop
and deliver MIS courses
to meet the educational needs of students, support the mission of
Texas A&M University-Texarkana , serve on numerous committees, assist in
mentoring and student advising,
advise and supervise student projects,
perform research, and publish papers. My academic interests include
application and database design, Web-based course design, and effective
utilization of technology in delivery of course content.
August 1991 to March 2000:
President of Sandpiper Software, Inc., Texarkana, Texas
Sandpiper Software was a software development firm that targeted
software products related to curriculum development and integration,
instructional management, test item banking, data analysis, and
administrative query modules. Several of the software packages
developed by Sandpiper were utilized in more than 30 states and several
May 1989 to
Vice President of Ed-Tech Systems, Inc., Bryan, Texas
As a software developer, I created the Arizona Instructional
Management System for the Arizona Department of Education and the Data
Management System for the Vocational Technical Education Consortium of
States, a component of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
to May 1988:
Instructor and Consultant at Northeast Texas Community College, Mt.
Provided guidance for the development of curriculum to satisfy upcoming
accreditation requirements while offering most of the computer science
courses. Certified as a DACUM facilitator.
to August 1987:
Instructor at Texarkana College, Texarkana, Texas
Served as a data processing instructor, technician, and COBOL
programmer. During this timeframe, PCs established a presence to
challenge the mainframe and curriculum was developed to address
January 1978 to August 1982:
Regional Technical Specialist for Measurex Corporation, Cupertino,
The RTS was a supervisory position established to interface and
coordinate Measurex’s sales and service efforts with a client’s
management, unions, contractors, and vendors to assure the successful
installation and acceptance of computerized process control systems in
paper mills. Each project remained active until the hardware was
calibrated and verified, software control loops were tuned to optimum
process control, and training of the service personnel was completed.
On each site, a project began by advising Measurex sales personnel on
presale visits and ended with an acceptance of responsibilities by
Measurex's service personnel.
November 1972 to January 1978:
Field Engineer for Metric Systems Corporation, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
Involved with the design, testing, and production of electronic devices to meet specifications for
military, government, and commercial contracts.
ARTS 3: A system that allowed two airports to independently share a
single radar site (e.g. Chicago O’Hare and Midland)
Very Large Array (VLA): A data collection system that interfaced
large dishes placed on flatbed railroad cars throughout New Mexico
and Arizona to simultaneously study heavenly bodies from different
Command Destruct System for Vandenberg AFB, California: A system to
monitor a missile’s progress along a predetermined path and generate
an encoded missile destruct signal if the missile veered out of a
Missile Liftoff System for Vandenberg AFB, California: A base-wide
system that monitored a missile’s liftoff countdown to allow radar
dishes (and other tracking equipment throughout the Pacific) to
accurately anticipate a missile’s liftoff.
Ground Movement Detector: A small cylinder containing three tightly
packed and potted circuit boards that were inserted into
missile-like projectiles which were fired into the ground from
helicopters (during the in Viet Nam war) to monitor and
radio-transmit information when minuet ground movements (troop
activities) were detected.
April 1971 to
Plant Technician for Western Union Telegraph Company, Birmingham,
Performed repair, maintenance, and installation services on teletype and
communications equipment throughout North Alabama.
April 1967 to
Electronics Communications and Cryptographic Equipment Systems Repairman
in the United States Air Force
- granted a top
secret/crypto access clearance
- trained in
maintenance, repair, and modifications on cryptographic systems
- served two years duty
in Tokyo, Japan
- served one year at
Patrick AFB, Florida
- achieved an E4 rank
(Sergeant) within two years
- received outstanding
unit award and ribbon for joining during Viet Nam conflict
- completed enlistment
(4 years) - received honorable discharge