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Richard Darden


Role and Company

Distinguished Engineer, IBM


24 years experience in information technology


Leesburg, VA

About Richard

Richard (Dick) Darden is an IBM Distinguished Engineer. He is the Chief Engineer for Data and AI Expert Labs and Learning North American Government where he has overall technical responsibility for all IBM Data and AI programs for North American Government Clients. He is also the Digital Human Evangelist within IBM, where he promotes the use of groundbreaking Digital Human technology to significantly improve human-machine interaction.
Dick is known for his expertise, technical leadership and contributions in turning research technology into delivered business value for clients. Prior to his career in Information Technology, Dick was a US Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer, serving as Chief Engineer of the USS Seahorse (SSN 669), a nuclear fast attack submarine and as a Junior Officer on the USS James Madison (SSBN 627 Blue), a nuclear ballistic missile submarine. He is an awarded international speaker known for communicating complex information technology simply and effectively using “sea stories”.

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one year ago

Steps to get into computer engineering?

Uriel, A lot of good advice here. One thing you might consider, is to leverage a free public cloud account...

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one year ago

How can I best prepare for a Cyber Threat Intelligence-type role?

Justin, Thanks for your service. I suggest taking a look at some of the job postings and see what types...

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one year ago

Remote or partially remote work?

Martha, I would say that given the lesson learned by the corporate world during the Covid 19 response is make your...

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one year ago

What is the "right level" of occupation for a junior grade officer moving into the corporate world?

Mark, Lots of good advice here. Speaking from my experience as a former navy nuclear submarine officer who got out...

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one year ago

How to get started in cyber security when everyone wants only experienced workers?

Clyde, Looking at your profile, I would say you are experienced! It is just not the normal experience that folks...

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