Charles L. McDonald, Jr., Ph.D.

Experience: 

May 1988 to Present: 
Professor of Management Information Systems, Texas A&M University-Texarkana

As a professor, I d
evelop 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 foreign countries.  

May 1989 to August 1991:
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.

August 1987 to May 1988:
Instructor and Consultant at Northeast Texas Community College, Mt. Pleasant, Texas
 
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. 

August 1982 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 technology changes.

January 1978 to August 1982:
Regional Technical Specialist for Measurex Corporation, Cupertino, California 

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.
Team projects:

  • 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 angles.
  • 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 specified path.
  • 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 November 1972:
Plant Technician for Western Union Telegraph Company, Birmingham, Alabama

Performed repair, maintenance, and installation services on teletype and communications equipment throughout North Alabama.

April 1967 to April 1971:
Electronics Communications and Cryptographic Equipment Systems Repairman in the United States Air Force

  • granted a top secret/crypto access clearance
  • trained in cryptographic-electronics  
  • performed 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