Donald J. Reifer
Donald J. Reifer is one of the leading figures in the field of software engineering and management with over 30 years of progressive experience in both industry and government. Recently, Mr. Reifer managed the DoD Software Initiatives Office under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). As part of this assignment, he also served as the Director of the DoD Software Reuse Initiative and Chief of the Ada Joint Program Office.
Previously, while with TRW, Mr. Reifer served as Deputy Program Manager for their Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) efforts. While with the Aerospace Corporation, Mr. Reifer managed all of the software efforts related to the Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle).
Currently, as President of RCI, Mr. Reifer supports executives in many Fortune 500 firms who are looking to develop investment strategies and improve their software capabilities and capacity. Mr. Reifer also serves as the Principal Investigator on our best software acquisition practices and information warfare SBIR efforts. He is also helping develop a variety of estimating models as a visiting associate on the University of Southern California (USC) COCOMO II team led by Dr. Barry Boehm.
Mr. Reifer was awarded the Secretary of Defense's Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1995 for the innovations he brought to the DoD during his assignment. Some of his many other honors include the Hughes Aircraft Company Fellowship, the Frieman Award for advancing the field of parametrics, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and membership in Who's Who in the West. In 2002, Mr. Reifer was presented the AIAA Software Engineering award for accomplishments in the field.