My name is Rich DeMillo. I am currently Distinguished Professor of Computing and Management at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. I also direct Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities.
I’ve divided the first forty years of my career between academics, government and business, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be near the epicenter of many of the most important technology revolutions of my generation: the transition to software-intensive systems for military systems, the creative destruction of 100 year-old telephony technology and its virtual replacement by the Internet, the emergence of open source software as a market force, to mention just a few.
I was Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech during the rebirth of undergraduate education in computer science, Chief Technology Officer at Hewlett-Packard during the HP-Compaq merger, VP of Computer Science Research at Bellcore during the divestiture by the Regional Bell Operating Companies and the invention of e-commerce, Director of Computing Research at the National Science Foundation during the emergence of interdisciplinary research, head of the Software Test and Evaluation Project for the Secretary of Defense when military acquisition specialists were coping with the introduction of computer technology into new weapons systems.
Much of what I’ve learned over the years has been taught to me by great masters who navigated their own colliding worlds and took the time to tell me what to avoid (and what to look for). Some of what I’ve learned has been the result of horrific failures that I have presided over and magnificent successes that I have been allowed to participate in. Sometimes I was just a fly on the wall.
It seemed to me to be about time to give back some of what I’ve gained from my teachers and my experience.