Donald J. Reifer is a seasoned software executive with more than forty years of progressive experience in the industry, academia, and government. Starting at Hughes Aircraft, Don worked his work up from developing software from airborne radars to management. With the Aerospace Corporation, Reifer next managed the software efforts related to their Space Shuttle efforts. Next, Reifer acted as Program Manager for the Global Positioning Satellite program while with TRW and managed their R&D efforts. In 1980, Don founded a software consulting firm which focused on software metrics, management, and technology issues. Over the next decade, he grew and expanded this business to over $4 million in sales annually. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Reifer moved to government to manage the Department of Defense Software (DOD) Initiatives Office. In this capacity, he led the DOD’s major software initiatives while serving as a Senior Executive Service official. After leaving government, Don reentered the consulting world and built a second successful business.
Reifer has been a member of the IEEE for over forty years. Besides actively participating in conferences, he authored software management tutorials and conducted seminars for them. From 2004 to 2006, Don served as the Associate Editor in Chief for Management for IEEE Software magazine. During that period, he also wrote a software management column for the same publication and served on its editorial board. From 1996 to 2010, he also served as a member of the Editorial Board for the Elsevier Journal of Systems and Software.
Reifer received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, his M.S. in Operations Research from the University of Southern California, and the Certificate in Business Management for Technical Personnel from University of California at Los Angeles.
Reifer has published eleven books and over two hundred software engineering and management papers. Reifer’s many awards include the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the DISA Distinguished Service Award, the AIAA Software Engineering Award, the ICEAA Freiman Award, membership in Who’s Who in the West, and the Hughes Aircraft Company Masters Fellowship.