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Colonel John R. Surdu, Ph.D.


God and the Soldier, all men adore,
In times of strife, but not before;
The danger is passed, all things righted,
God is forgotten, the Soldier is slighted.

           ~~ Anonymous Soldier Under the Duke of Marlborough

Current Curriculum Vitae
   Current Resume


Civilian Education

  1. B.S. with a major in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1985. Graduated 86 out of 1170. My GPA was 3.38.

  2. Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbus State University in 1992. I got this degree going to school at night. My GPA was 3.63.

  3. Master of Science in Computer Science from Florida State University in 1995. My thesis work was distilled and presented at the SPIE conference in Orlando in 1995. My GPA was 3.93.

  4. Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University in 2000. My GPA was 4.0. Several papers related to this research are listed in the Publications section of this page.

Military Education

  1. Airborne School, 1983

  2. Infantry Officer's Basic Course, 1985

  3. Ranger School, 1985-6

  4. Jumpmaster School, 1986

  5. Infantry Mortar Platoon Course, 1986

  6. Infantry Officer's Advanced Course, 1989

  7. Pathfinder School, 1993

  8. Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3), 1993

  9. Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle Commander's Course, 1993

  10. Command and General Staff College, 1995

  11. Intermediate Systems Acquisition Course, 1997

  12. Information Resources Management 101, 2001

  13. Information Resources Management 201, 2002

  14. Program Management Skills (PMT 352B), 2002

  15. Program Management Course (PMT 401), 2003

  16. Program Manager's Skills Course (ACAT III) (PMT 403), 2003

  17. Infantry Pre Command Course, 2003

  18. Army Pre Command Course, 2003

  19. Intermediate Systems Engineering Course, 2014


  1. Rifle Platoon Leader, 82d Airborne Division

  2. Rifle Platoon Leader, 3d Battalion (Airborne), 325th Infantry, Vicenza, Italy

  3. Company Executive Officer, 3d Battalion (Airborne), 325th Infantry, Vicenza, Italy

  4. Support Platoon Leader, 3d Battalion (Airborne), 325th Infantry, Vicenza, Italy

  5. Assistant Adjutant, 3d Battalion (Airborne), 325th Infantry, Vicenza, Italy

  6. Platoon Trainer, 2d Battalion, 11th Infantry (Infantry Officer's Basic Course)

  7. Commander, HHC, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Infantry (Airborne School)

  8. Assistant Operations Officer (Current Operations), 1st Brigade, 2d Infantry Division, Republic of Korea

  9. Computer Scientist and Team Leader, Virtual Sand Table Team, Army Research Laboratory

  10. Assistant Professor, Information Technology and Operations Center, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, United States Military Acacdemy

  11. Program Manager, OneSAF (One Semi-Automated Forces), June 2003 - July 2006

  12. Project Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, August 2006 - June 2008

  13. Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command, July 2008 - December 2009

  14. Science Advisor, U.S. Forces Iraq, January 2010 - July 2010

  15. Deputy Director, Communications and Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center, July 2010 - 2011

  16. Chief, Commander’s Action Group, US Cyber Command and National Security Agency, 2011-2013

  17. Deputy Project Director, Research Directorate, National Security Agency, 2013-2014

  18. Senior Scientist, Cole Engineering Services, Inc., 2014 to present

Academic Activities:

  1. Reviewer, The 6th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics: IMCIC 2013 to the present.

  2. Member ACM, IEEE, SCS.

  3. Panel Chair, Army Science Conference, 2010

  4. Reviewer for Crosstalk: The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, 2006 to present.

  5. Keynote speaker, Military Modeling and Simulation Symposium, SCS Spring Simulation Multiconference, Ottawa, Canada, 14-18 April, 2008

  6. Keynote speaker, the Eighth Annual Symposium on Human Interaction with Complex Systems (HICS) and the Second Topical Workshop on Sensemaking, 3-4 April, 2008.

  7. Invited speaker, Canadian conference on simulation support to operations, Ottawa, Canada, 2007.

  8. Reviewer for Simulation Journal, 1998 to 2004.

  9. Proposal Evaluator, 2006, High Performance Computing Office

  10. User Productivity Enhancement and Technology Transfer projects.

  11. Member, Engineer Research and Development Center's (ERDC) FY05 Basic Research (6.1) external review panel, 2004.

  12. Program committee, I/ITSEC 2004 and 2005.

  13. Co-author of invited presentation "Simulation Support for Mission Planning" at Mission Planning Conference, London, England, 17-18 March 2004.

  14. Reviewer for the SCS Summer Simulation Conference, July 2003.

  15. Program Chair, 2003 IEEE SMC Information Assurance Workshop, June 2003.

  16. Session Chair 2003 Advanced Simulation Technology Conference, March 2003.

  17. Charter Member Modeling and Simulation Professional Certification, 2002.

  18. Program Chair, 2002 IEEE SMC Information Assurance Workshop, June 2002.

  19. Invited speaker, "Simulations in Command Posts of the Future," U.S. Army War College, May 2002.

  20. Co-Chair for the Conference on Military, Government, & Aerospace Simulation, San Diego, CA, 14-18 April 2002.

  21. Invited speaker at Command Post of the Future, London, England, 14-15 November 2001, on the use of simulations in Command Posts of the future.

  22. Invited participant, Information Technology Symposium: Future of Citizen and Government Interaction in the Information Age, Texas A&M University, 7-9 October 2001.

  23. Session Chair, 5th International Conference on Sytemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics, 22-25 July 2001, Orlando, Florida.

  24. Support Chair and Session Chair, IEEE SMC Information Assurance Workshop, 4-6 June 2001.

  25. Group and Session Chair, Advanced Simulation Technology Conference, 22-26 April, 2001, Seattle, Washington.

  26. Reviewer for DARPA Information Survivability Conference and Exposition, 2001.

  27. Reviewer for Proceedings of the IEEE SMC, 2000.

  28. Session Chair, Winter Simulation Conference, 11-14 December, 2000, Orlando, Florida.

  29. Session Chair, Advanced Simulation Technology Conference, 16-20 April, 2000, Washington DC.

Consulting and Other Activities:

Papers and Publications
Most of these papers are downloadable as .pdf files

What you’ll find on this page:

  1. Education

  2. Experience

  3. Academic Activities

  4. Consulting and Other Activities

  5. Publications and Papers

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