Donald J. Reifer is recognized as one of the leading figures in the fields of software engineering and management with more 40+ years of progressive management experience in both industry and government. He is skilled in software project management, measurement, and change management. He has managed major R&D initiatives including those involving security and anti-tamper. He is often called upon by clients to review troubled programs, red team proposals, and perform competitive assessments with emphasis on benchmarking and ROI analysis. Besides being a trusted advisor to major corporations and the government, he has founded software businesses, served on boards, and served as an expert witness.
From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Reifer managed the Department of Defense Software Initiatives Office. He also served as Director of the DoD Reuse Initiative and Chief of the Ada Joint Program Office as a Senior Executive Service (SES) official. Previously, while with TRW, Mr. Reifer served as Program Manager for their Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) efforts and managed their fail-safe R&D initiatives. While with the Aerospace Corporation, Mr. Reifer managed all of the software efforts related to the DOD’s Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle) efforts. Currently, as President of his Reifer Consultants, he acts as a transformation agent and advises executives in Fortune 500 firms on the use of new software technologies like agile and lean. He is known for his business, technical, and practical problem solving skills.
Reifer received his B.S. in engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, his M.S. in operations research from USC and the Certificate in Business Management from UCLA. He has taken advanced courses in operating systems and security.
Mr. Reifer has published over one hundred software engineering and management papers and nine books. Reifer’s many awards include the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the AIAA Software Engineering Award, the ISPA Freiman Award, the DISA Service Award, membership in Who’s Who in the West, and the Hughes Aircraft Company Fellowship.