Ronald F. Ulrich
12847 Tewksbury Drive
Herndon, VA 20171
(703) 620-0202
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Mr. Ulrich has been working in the Computing Industry since 1960 and returned to TRW (now Northrop Grumman) on July 10, 2000 (previously worked at TRW from 1973 to 1986). His experience covers all phases of software development for commercial and government contractor programs. He has had responsibility for management (both technical and administrative) of software developers and has participated both as a developer and as a manager for multi-million dollar software development programs. He has been involved in all software development life cycle tasks from pre-sales activities through and including operations and maintenance. He has worked for computer manufacturing organizations, commercial software development companies, and for major aerospace firms. He also taught at West Coast University. His most recent responsibilities at Northrop Grumman have been in the area of process improvement. He has been responsible for ensuring that the organization understands and institutionalizes process. He has been the interface with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and responsible for performing or preparing for software appraisals and evaluations. He is an SEI Authorized Lead Assessor for the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) and an SEI Authorized Lead Appraiser for the Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI). He has participated in over 25 CMM Based Appraisals (leading 10) and has also participated in 20 SCAMPI Appraisals (leading 2) as of April 2004. He is also an SEI authorized trainer for the "Introduction to CMMI" class where he has trained over 600 Northrop Grumman employees. In order to get his Authorized Lead Assessor "license" he has been trained in CMMI (Integrated Model for Systems Engineering and Software Engineer) and has taken the SCAMPI training as well. He is also trained to be an Internal ISO 9000 Quality Auditor. He participated in the Raytheon organization ISO 9001 Certification Audit where the company succeeded in getting ISO 9001 Certification. He has a comprehensive background in software cost estimation methodologies and the use of cost estimation tools. He is a leader in the implementation of new technologies into software development activities that have led to increases in software reliability and productivity increases. He is web master for the local organization and is skilled in HTML and Cold Fusion.

Education - BA Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1960

Additional Training:
Motorola University, SCC350, Systems Engineering
SEI, Numerous classes in CMM and Metrics
ISO 9000 Internal Quality Audit

Northrop Grumman (formerly TRW)

Job title: Group Process Engineer
Length of assignment: 2000-present
No. personnel managed: not applicable
Dollar amount of program(s) managed: not applicable
Name/phone no. of supervisor: Dr. Rick Hefner, (310) 812-7290

Responsibilities: Responsibilities for development and implementation of Group (17,000) initiatives directed at ensuring that all software and systems engineering activities will follow common organizational processes directed at ensuring that all projects are operating with compliance to the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI). Duties include: training that supports the CMMI and the organizational processes, leading (or supporting externally led) SEI CMMI Appraisals to ensure all projects comply with this model; establishing, leading, or supporting the Engineering Process Groups (EPGs); and providing other technical and process support needed by projects at TRW. He is also 6 Sigma Black Belt.

Project title: HITC Technology Support
Job title: Senior Scientist/Engineer
Length of assignment: 1993-2000
No. personnel managed: not applicable
Dollar amount of program(s) managed: not applicable
Name/phone no. of supervisor: Richard O. Hamilton, (703) 757-1450

Responsibilities: Provide support for technology infusion into Raytheon Systems Company (RSC), Reston business elements including: Web based communication via NetScape Browsers/ Servers, and External Databases via Modem. Support SEI CMM Based Assessments for Internal Process Improvement, Software Capability Evaluations (SCE), Software Development Capability Evaluations (SDCE) and ISO 9000 Audits. Established and led the SEPG and created the web based assets library. Assist in generation of software cost estimation data for new business proposals as well as any support required for process deployment evidence. Support RSC, Reston in implementation of software process improvement plans to support achieving and maintaining both SEI CMM Level 3 and ISO 9001 Certification. Provide support to cmi (continuous measurable improvement) teams as facilitator and available expert. Is the organization's focal point for activities relating to engineering training and process improvement. Define, implement and track quality metrics. Lead cost estimation process definition efforts for Non Developmental Item (NDI) / Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS). Was manager of the successful Reston Y2K activities.
Previous Assignments at Hughes

Job title: Project Manager/Department Manager
Length of assignment: 1986-1993
No. personnel managed: 15-52
Dollar amount of program(s) managed: $2M to $10M
Name/phone no. of supervisor: Marshall Caplan, (301) 925-0505

Project Manager for Software Development on the Defense Mapping Agency Program (sometimes called ADC) that included about 52 software developers and over 600,000 lines of code developed. Life cycle (MilStd 2167A) coverage from requirements review through delivery to customer. Responsible for all activities related to this effort (including customer presentations, schedules, staffing, costing, management briefings, etc.) Also performed training in cmi and tracked and facilitated up to 20 cmi teams. Customer acknowledged gains from this effort in award fee briefings. This program was delivered within 2 weeks of schedule and within 6% of cost.
Project Manager for Galaxy Rainbow Program. Provided systems engineering support as part of a pre contract agreement. Established work breakdown structure, generated budget/staffing profile, staffed, tracked and ensured on time delivery of all software products. Performed computer hardware selection and acquired work stations needed to support development effort. Used cost effective solutions to reduce initial cost estimates.
Department Manager: included responsibility for all personnel career development. Provided employee annual appraisals, raises, education/training opportunities and counseling. Provided monthly management staffing forecast data and other pertinent personnel data. Supported Division Engineering Council on technology infusion activities. Master facilitator for cross functional teams and for cmi Cascaded Leadership Training. Supported any software cost estimation needs within the Division.

Project title: 8622
Job title: Subproject Manager
Length of assignment: 1983-1986
No. personnel managed: 35
Dollar amount of program(s) managed: $5M

Name/phone no. of supervisor: Ms. Betty J. Simon, (310) 813-7215

Responsibilities: All managerial responsibilities for development of network support software (included: device driver generation, database development, application support tools, operating system enhancements, and other related software) for an organization of 35 people that consisted of 7 work products and 1 subcontract. Activity started with system engineering (2167A) to full allocation of requirements and product development and installation. Reporting at weekly and monthly reviews. Staffing, cost and schedule to both Program and Line organization (Matrix Structure). All programs managed were delivered within cost and schedule commitments.

Security Clearance(s) - DoD Top Secret and SSBI