The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Mr. Richard Nelson


nelsonRichard Nelson began his professional career working with the department of defense in 1986 at the Naval Air Test Center in PAX River MD working on the E2-C aircraft in target detection and tracking as well as electronic counter-measures and electronic counter-countermeasures systems performance. After many years in flight and laboratory testing along with the development of custom real-time data recording systems, Rich spent a few years in the commercial world working embedded microprocessor systems in hostile environments in the automotive/heavy truck industry which moved him to the Charleston area in 1990. After BRAC95 brought the high tech industry to Charleston, Rich opened an office for a small company that eventually became a part of the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC). He spent 12 years there building and running a Charleston office with a heavy SPAWAR customer base as well as expanding into High Altitude, Long Endurance UAVs, international military sales and even some work on the E2-D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. After a successful career at NGC, Rich pursued new challenges and in early 2008 took a position with L-3 Communications Corporation as their Director of Engineering. Most Recently, Richard has joined SAIC as a Chief Systems/Software Engineer to take on new challenges with system design and analysis for employing the P-8a Poseidon Multi-Mission Aircraft and the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aircraft system into the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Community in their expanded roles in Maritime Domain Awareness and the Global Information Grid.

Rich currently holds both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the West Virginia Institute of Technology as well as a Master of Science in Software Engineering from the Citadel. He is an avid supporter of the engineering profession and the education community. He has been involved in many activities such as the inaugural Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition (PCDC) for area high school and college teams to compete in the defense of computer networks in a simulated business environment, is an active member of the CDCA Education committee as well as a founding member and inaugural president of the Palmetto Roost Chapter of the Association of Old Crows.

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