Rick holds a PhD in Nuclear Chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon University (1976). In the area of nuclear science, he is co-credited with the discovery of two (2) new isotopes of Uranium and Neptunium at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).
While a post-doctoral Research Associate at BNL, he was commissioned as an Army Corps of Engineers officer and served to the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the reserves while later assigned as the principal operations research and tactics development and evaluation analyst to four (4) Navy fleet commands. In this capacity, he served his Army reserve obligation as a designated “key federal employee” frequently deploying on Navy aircraft carriers, cruisers, and destroyers. In 1981, he was awarded the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the Navy’s highest civilian award.
For 12 years rolling up to his retiring in February 2013, Rick was the project manager and principal architect for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Access to Archival Databases (AAD) project (www.archives.gov/aad). AAD provides public access to over 100M electronic records from over 30 federal agencies and on any given day receives over 250,000 virtual visitors. For his NARA AAD work, Rick was selected as one (1) of nine (9) employees out of 40,000+ for the SAIC “Smart People Solving Hard Problems” marketing and advertisement campaign that ran during the 2010 Super Bowl in the Washington DC and Baltimore markets. He has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, technical reports, and invited presentations (many of them classified) in the areas of: cloud computing, electronic records management, cybersecurity, eGovernment and digital libraries, enterprise architecture, systems and network integration, Internet technology, electronic commerce technologies, artificial intelligence, naval science and military operations, and nuclear science.
Rick’s hobbies include fishing and hockey; collecting model lighthouses, rocks, coins, and model trains: and, making custom jewelry. He is President of the Friends of the Historic Houses of Virginia Beach. He also sings in the Virginia Voices International (VVI) and the choir at Kings Grant Baptist Church (KGBC) in Virginia Beach, where he also is a deacon. He and his wife (of 47 years), Cheryll, enjoy trips to Florida to visit their sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Dr. Becky; and Rick, Jr. and Jenny.
Rick is currently auditing his 7th John Leland Center course in theology in the Hampton Roads area, where he frequently injects his knowledge and understanding of science and technology in class in his efforts to seek and harmonize theology, philosophy, and science – with a particular emphasis on “LIGHT”.