Chief Engineer | Project Manager | Senior Software / Systems Engineer

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Professional Biography

Mr. Dewayne VanHoozer's career has been diverse spanning projects from below the ground, national defense and science fiction-based video games to training real astronauts to live and work in space aboard the International Space Station.

He specializes in the hard problems. organizing, focusing and leading effective teams to define and implement Out of the Box solutions for complex problems with a disciplined and logical methodology.

"So, I urge you to speak out against those who would place the United States in a position of military and moral inferiority. .... I urge you to beware the temptation of pride -- the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil."

President Reagan, March 8, 1983

After President Reagan's "evil empire" speech Mr. VanHoozer left the video game industry and California behind to work on projects of national importance with TELOS Corporation first in support of the U.S. Army Field Artillery at Fort Sill Oklahoma and later with the U.S. Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca Arizona.

In 1996 after retiring from work in the defense industry he fulfilled a boyhood dream by working at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas as a consultant with GeoLogics Corporation for Raytheon. As a member of the On-board Computer Systems Integrated Product Team, Mr. VanHoozer was responsible for the critical communications protocols that enabled the Space Station Training Facility to run the complex training simulations used to prepare astronauts for operational life aboard the International Space Station.

Mr. VanHoozer worked with NASA on the complex simulations of the International Space Station beginning before the first module was put into orbit. He developed the special simulation needs of every flight from 1R to 5A watching as the ISS was built piece by piece until it was ready for full time occupancy.

Events on 9/11 2001 brought Mr. VanHoozer back into service within the defense industry as one of the senior engineers at Raytheon's Intelligence and Information Systems division working on special projects in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His efforts with advanced technology integration led to the deployment of one of the most sophisticated and comprehensive common operational geospatial intelligence systems ever deployed to an operational combat theater. After the Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance system, Mr. VanHoozer's attention was focused on the other side of the world and the special problems represented there.

Mr. VanHoozer's role as Chief Engineer for SAIC on the Theater Effects-based Operations system directly involved him once again in complex software simulation technology. His last assignment in the defense industry was in Texas doing research and development of complex distributed models and simulations for new air and missile defense systems with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

His devotion to lifelong learning has enabled him to ride the bleeding edge wave of technology with a willingness to "kick out" should the risk become too great. "Innovation is hard. Sometimes the simple solution is the best" is his KISS mantra.

Details

The web pages that follow provide some details on the roles and responsibilities that Mr. VanHoozer has executed over the years.

In Mr. VanHoozer's career he has worn the hat of manager, leader and developer - sometimes all at the same time. As a manager, he has controlled the budget and maintained the schedule ensuring his teams have all the resources they need to get the job done. As a leader focused on the requirements, he sets the example for his team, inspiring them to do the best possible job. As a developer, his devotion to lifelong learning ensures that the right tool is used for the right job.

1983 - 1995 TELOS Corporation< / GE Federal Systems
1996 - 2001 GeoLogics at Raytheon Aerospace
2001 - 2003 Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS)
2003 - 2005 SAIC Information Technology and Simulations
2005 - 2011 Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

As a technical leader Mr. VanHoozer has the following typical responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the ...
    • technical approach, design, and solutions of software systems to ensure completion of projects as efficiently and effectively as possible per the project plans
    • quality of the software systems produced by the group
    • quality of the group’s technical outputs such as requirements, design, test procedures, and test results
  • Participates in the development of the products by contributing to the specifications, designs, and implementation of the software products
  • Ensuring the team is executing per the development process
  • Working through impediments the team may experience at any given time
  • Coordinating with all project stakeholders, including internal and external customers, to ensure buy-in and that delivered products meet stakeholder and customer needs
  • Ensuring the competency and capacity of the group can meet the needs of current and upcoming projects
  • Ensuring solid technical relationships are formed and maintained with suppliers and customers
  • Overseeing software systems solution development for new business activities
  • Developing and maintaining a software engineering process based on product development best practices
  • Enabling the process through the effective use of up-to-date tools and technology
  • Overseeing the group’s personnel professional development and training
  • Performing personnel objective setting, performance appraisals, and compensation adjustments
  • Communicating effectively with employees, customers, suppliers and executive management
  • Contributing to company overall strategies and goals, training program, policies, & procedures

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