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Gerald A. Saunders
Instructor, VCU School of Business, Dept. of Information Systems & ISRI

Current Situation and Objectives:

Keeping ahead of my classes and working with projects through ISRI  (VCU's Information Systems Research Institutes) are my objectives now.  As a collateral instructor, teaching is my primary duty, with 8 sections plus Summer School.     

Work and study in diverse fields of Systems, Psychology, Education, Government, Aviation, Accounting, and Business have prepared me for tasks in system development & administration, quality management, and data reduction & analysis. My role as faculty for Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business & ISRI helps keep me current in systems technology and management science. My roles as systems administrator have involved operating systems from DEC's RSTS & MUMPS through Unix, Pick, Windows NT & Server, and Linux.  Recently I have adopted the OpenSource tools Apache Server, MySQL, & PHP and have gained the expertise to provide active content, conduct web-based surveys for multi-lingual organizations, order entry, quality management, and other applications.

I practice and teach structured, object-oriented analysis and design techniques and strive to engineer systems which are economical and easily maintained.  I am expert with the 4GL tools of IBM's SB+ and with procedural languages such as BASIC and PROC.  I have specialized in integrating PICK/UniVerse systems with more open environments, and know and use VB6 and VB.NET in my work .  

My past experience ranges from applications involving tabulators and punched-card processing equipment through mainframes, laboratory equipment interfaces, plotters and printers, minicomputers, datacommunications, LANs, and microcomputers. I am pleased to add value to systems where I am involved.

Where ‘canned software’ and ‘turnkey systems’ do not fit, I can work directly with owners and users to define requirements and implement systems to satisfy them. 

Employment History:

August 1999 - September 2000: 

Feb 1999 - Present:  Coppola Enterprises/Vertical Computer Works
Systems Developer

1983 - 1999: Perkins Inventory & Research Analysis
Systems Developer

May 1995 - Dec  1998: Atlantic Management Corporation
Systems Administrator

My part-time position as systems administrator allowed continued development of ‘Vertical Computer Works’, experience as a unix systems and WAN administrator, and the opportunity of pursuing system consulting projects. Atlantic Management's DG/UniVerse/SB+ system was used to support a number of time-shared applications which ran under my care from 1985 through 1999. 

1981 - 1995: Chesapeake Computerworks
Analyst/Programmer

This business was incorporated in 1981 to provide time-shared computing services for small business. Starting with a 32 user McDonnell-Douglas Reality minicomputer & ending with a 256 user Sequel, we developed and maintained a number of systems for receivables, publication & circulation, inventory, and accounting. As PICK became available for microcomputers, we developed skills for rehosting legacy applications on more open systems and traveled providing these services.

1973 - Present: Virginia Commonwealth University
Faculty: Administrative, Adjunct, and most recently Collateral
School of Arts and Sciences: Department of Psychology, Office of Student Evaluation of Instruction
School of Business: Department of Information Systems, Information Systems Research Institute

Starting employment with VCU as a graduate student in Psychology in 1973, I have continued in various full-time and part-time positions with administrative and teaching duties: Graduate Research Assistant; Analyst/Programmer for Student Evaluation of Instruction; Adjunct Faculty for Information Systems; and as an Instructor of Information Systems and Facilitator for Faculty Development in Microcomputing. I now serve as a collateral faculty member teaching in the Information Engineering track for ISY majors and off-campus courses for industry and government.

Courses taught include: Introduction to Information Systems; Advanced Program Design & Data Structures; Systems Analysis; Programming Languages; Project Management; Object Oriented Enterprise Engineering; Hardware/Software; PowerBuilder, & Visual Basic.   Seminars for The Management Center at VCU’s School of Business and ISRI include: VisiCalc, Wordstar, SuperCalc, Lotus 1-2-3, Word, Access, Excel, Visual Basic, and Project.

Administrative Duties included: supervision of departmental work-study students and the School’s computer lab facilities; faculty development in the use of microcomputers; systems administrator for the school’s Hewlett-Packard 3000 minicomputer, Pyramid minicomputer, and IBM/Amdahl services; liaison with other university offices regarding LAN and computing issues; and other duties and research as directed by various Department Chairpersons and Deans.

Languages used: JCL/JES II; COBOL; ITF; TSO; PL/1; FORTRAN; SPSS; SAS, DOS, Windows, unix, Hewlett-Packard 3000 OS; Visual Basic; PowerBuilder, PHP.

1981 - 1982: J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Faculty

Here, I taught program design and COBOL as an adjunct faculty member. Students in this evening curriculum were highly motivated. Projects were card based and submitted through a remote job entry network for compilation and run.

1979 - 1982: Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Management Analysis & Systems Development
Senior Analyst

MASD assigned me to a number of projects, either as lead analyst for a team of programmers, or working on individual projects. From 80-82, I served as the chair for the agency’s training council, which provided systems education for the 250+ programmers and analysts employed by the agency. Primary assignments were: automation of the Workmen’s Compensation Boards claims and statistical information systems; automation of the systems for the Workmen’s Compensation Rating Bureau; automation of the Department of Aviation’s Airman Licensing, Aircraft Licensing, and Airport Equipment Inventory systems, including a resource allocation model to support funding of various projects; automation of the sample management systems and interface to analytical equipment for the Neonatal Testing Facility for the commonwealth’s Consolidated Laboratory; consulting and programming for numerous small-agency systems. MASD used my university teaching skills to provide in-house training in COBOL, CODASYL database concepts and programming, and systems analysis.

Languages used: Univac COBOL, ECL, DMS1100 DBMS, and MAPPER; IBM JCL & COBOL, IMS DBMS, CICS, flat-file; Hewlett-Packard BASIC, Codasyl DBMS; and various 4GL languages being evaluated by MASD.

1974 - 1979: Virginia Union University, School of Education, School of Arts & Sciences
Clinical Faculty
Coordinator of Computing Activites

Starting as Clinical Instructor of Psychology, I taught courses such as: Tests & Measures; Behavioral Statistics; Human Growth & Development; and Introduction to Psychology. I also supervised the activities of Psychology majors in the School’s extensive field work program, presented seminars for Richmond Public Schools, and worked with neighboring Henrico County’s Dept. of Education providing psychological evaluations of children and adolescents.

When the school received a Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-11 minicomputer as the result of a grant which I helped develop, it became my duty to set up the computer lab facility and teach courses in computing. I also developed and implemented an on-line system for registration and grade reporting for the Registrar’s office.

Languages used: DEC RSTS/E OS; BASIC; PDP-11 Assembler; FORTRAN, Hewlett-Packard 1175 BASIC.

1968 - 1975: Worley Aviation, New Kent County, VA
Flight Instructor

As a flight instructor in this FAA approved program, I prepared students for certification as private and commercial pilots. This provided me with early experience in assessing students’ needs and preparing lesson plans to move them toward their tests and check rides. I also worked as an air-taxi pilot under part 135 carrying passengers on chartered flights, flying skydivers, and ferrying aircraft for sale. This was a full-to-part-time activity through college and graduate school.

1967 - 1968: Aero Industries, Richmond, VA
Dispatcher, Pilot

Tended the service counter for this busy fixed base operator on Richmond's Byrd Field. Scheduled charter, aircraft rentals, and training. Handled charges for fuel, rental cars, shop expenses and reconciled deposits on a daily basis. As a new commercial pilot with a multi-engine rating, I flew daytime VFR charter flights in single and twin-engine aircraft, grandfathered into Part 135 Air-Taxi operations.

1965 - 1967: Owens & Minor, Richmond, VA
Student Work Study

This afternoon job is included since it was my first experience with a computer system as I maintained the company’s large price list using a system of punched cards, unit-processing equipment, printer, and offset press. Other duties included mail-room operations, photography, and warehouse work.

1962 - 1966: Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge, Savannah, GA
Summer helper

This experience in my family’s business was where I learned principles of accounting, including work with my brother as he moved from old, single entry journals to a double entry ledger system. During summers, I was responsible for night audit, deposit, payroll, payables, and other office functions.  And, I worked as 'pool boy' for neighboring motels.

Education:

1982 - Present: Virginia Commonwealth University

Posts as faculty member and systems analyst have allowed continuing education through seminars and courses relevant to my work for the University.

1979 - 1981: Commonwealth of Virginia, MASD, OMDT, and Univac

MASD and the Office of Management Development & Training provided excellent courses and seminars in management, systems analysis and design, operating systems, accounting, programming languages, and database management systems.

1978 - 1979: Digital Equipment Corporation

I received training at DEC’s facilities in RSTS/E Operating System Administration; DEC Assembler; and DEC/BASIC programming.

1970 - 1976: Virginia Commonwealth University

My degrees of Bachelor and Master of Science were earned in the Department of Psychology at VCU. Coursework and clinical experience developed skills in psychodiagnostics, behavioral therapy, and counseling. Coursework and research projects provided the opportunity for experience with system projects for data acquisition and analysis using SPSS, SAS, PL/1, and other tools of the IBM Mainframe/JES II environment provided by the school for interested students. I also worked with a number of students and faculty members as a statistical consultant.

1968 - 1970: University of Richmond

I started U of R intending to be a music major in Organ and Sacred Music. VCU & what my friends related about using of computers in various courses became more attractive to me and I transferred there after my sophomore year.

Professional Activities:

President, Richmond Area PICK Users Group, 1986 - 1999.

Treasurer, North American/International System Builder Users Group, 1992 -1997.

Numerous courses and seminars in data processing and office automation, with VCU Management Center and Information Systems Research Institute.

Publications:

A Collaborative Experiential Framework Approach to the Systems Analysis and Design and the Projects in Information Technology Course Sequence.  With A. James Wynne & Roland Weistroffer.  Submitted for Decision Sciences Institute's Annual Meeting, Fall '04. (Submission)

A Design and Implementation Course Framework:  A curriculum proposal for an experiential approach to the systems analysis and design a the projects in information technology course sequence in an information systems major.  With A. James Wynne, Roland Weistroffer, and Harry Reif.  Presented at South East Decision Sciences Institute Spring '04. (Proposal|Slides 1|Slides2).  

The Case for Speech Synthesis: An Experiment in Human Engineering. With Randall Sleeth and A. James Wynne. Information and Management 14 (1988) 225-233.

Class Meeting Time and Number of Prior Evaluations as Correlates of Student Rating of Instruction. M.S. Thesis, VCU, 1976.

System Projects:

Pricelist maintenance & printing for Owens & Minor Pharmaceuticals, Richmond, VA. Used unit processing equipment to setup and maintain pricelist records on punched cards for 35,000+ items, programmed (breadboarded) tabulator to print offset masters for printing pricelist, etc. 1965-1968
Systems for student evaluation of faculty for VCU's School of Arts & Sciences. IBM/Amdahl JESII environment. Designed and developed PL1 system to take each semester's 45,000+ faculty evaluation forms from optical scanner through tape and disk files to produce statistics and reports. Supported research in student evaluation of faculty. 1972 - 1976
Installation and administration of DEC PDP-11 running RSTS OS and NO DBMS for University computing lab at Virginia Union University. Developed curriculum and courseware to meet certification requirements for IS education. Designed and developed systems for on-line registration of students. Designed and developed systems for the office of student housing. Specified upgrades and requirements for integrated university administrative systems. 1975 - 1979
Lead analyst for reorganization of the Claims and Statistical Information Systems for Virginia's Workmen's Compensation Department & Ratings Bureau. IBM/Amdahl COBOL/flat file and Sperry-Univac COBOL/DBMS and on-line transaction processing. Involved moving the record keeping system to an on-line environment to provide access to claims records by the agency's judges & clerical staff. 1979 - 1981
Lead analyst/programmer for systems of Virginia's Dept. of Aviation. Sperry-Univac DMS-1100 database, on-line transaction processing environment. Automated manual systems in use for pilot licensing, aircraft licensing, airport inventories, resource allocation, automated interface with Corporation Commission's Clerk's office, general accounting, and various research projects. 1980 - 1982
Automated Virginia's Consolidated Laboratory systems for Radio Immuno Assay and other tests in the Neonatal Testing Facility. Hewlett-Packard1000/3000 system using HP's proprietary, CODASYL database. Designed and developed system to handle sample management and interface with laboratory machines which process the blood samples taken from newborn infants and examined for evidence of metabolic and other disorders which result in retardation, or other disease, in children. 1982
Designed and implemented inventory tracking system for equipment in VCU School of Business computing labs and faculty offices. Pascal based system for DOS PC. 1982
Prepare and present seminars in VisiCalc, WordStar, WordPerfect for VCU's Management Center. 1982 - 1987
Automated membership, general accounting, and payroll functions for Organ Historical Society in Richmond, VA. Time-shared in Reality/PICK environment ported to DG/UniVerse. 1982 - current.
Automated accounts receivable and price-list functions for Chas. E. Brauer & Co., a candy and cigarette distributor in Richmond, VA. Installed network, designed, implemented, and administered time-shared system in Reality/PICK environment. 1982 - 1987, rehosted application on standalone candy distributors' system.
Automated circulation, receivables, payables, payroll, and other systems for Herald-Progress in Ashland, VA in time-shared Reality/PICK environment. 1983 - 1993, rehosted applications on standalone system for small publisher.
Automated circulation, donor tracking, general accounting, and payroll for The Presbyterian Outlook and the Outlook Book Service in Richmond, VA. Provide time-shared services in Reality & DG/UniVerse environments. Current project is to add CASS certification and postal barcode functions and enhance subscriber tracking and marketing functions. 1982 - current
Automated accounts receivable functions for Jos. Markow Florist in Richmond, VA. Provided time-shared services in Reality/PICK environment from 1983 - 1992, rehosted application on standalone florist system.
Automated accounts receivable, price-list, payables, and inventory systems for Pleasants Hardware in Richmond, VA. Started in time-shared Reality environment, moved to SB+ built, 240+ user DG/UniVerse system, rehosted in vertical system for hardware stores. 1983 - 1994
Published confidential, internal study for Nissan USA based on 1983 data.  Provided analysis & programming for entry & processing of data gathered by teams in the field, tape processing of large datasets,  tabulation, and calculation of descriptive statistics.  McDonnell-Douglas Reality/PICK, working with Perkins Inventory and Research Analysis. 1984
Provide integrated membership, conferencing, accounting, and office systems for Virginia Council on Social Welfare. Timeshared Reality, to PC-XT/R83 PICK environment. VCSW merged with another, similar organization. 1984 - 1993
Provided, later enhanced and supported, integrated system for JoAnne's Bed & Back, a chain of retail stores in VA, MD, DC, NY area selling adjustable beds, furniture, and accessories to help solve back and arthritic problems. R83 PICK/Appligator 4GL environment. 1984 - 1996
Developed and supported collection systems for National Association of Credit Managers in Richmond, VA. PC-XT R83 system moved to '486. NACM developed software for their association members so data was moved to new system. 1985 - 1995
Automated accounts receivable, payable, payroll, general accounting, and office functions for Atlantic Plantscapes,a horticultural contractor in Richmond, VA. Started as time-shared customer in Reality environment, moved to integrated job scheduling and accounting system in DG/UniVerse/SB+ environment. 1986 - current
Published confidential, internal study for Nissan USA based on 1985 data.  Provided analysis & programming for entry & processing of data gathered by teams in the field, tape processing of large datasets,  tabulation, and calculation of descriptive statistics.  McDonnell-Douglas Reality/PICK, working with Perkins Inventory and Research Analysis.  1986
Developed, implemented, supported an integrated system for Temple Beth El in Richmond, VA, working with partner Toby Rosenthal, and using GAAP for ledger & payroll functions. Functionality included membership accounting; accounting for a number of the Temple's Organizations, Word Processing, Yahrzeit lists and notices with reference to Hebrew calendar, and etc. 1986 - 1995.
Developed, implemented, supported an integrated system for Mac's Cycles in Norfolk, VA, a dealer in motorcycles and stocking some 10,000 parts for Triumph, Norton, & BSA. System developed using R83 PICK and Appligator 4GL tools, was sold with the business and taken to Oklahoma. 1987 - 1989
Published confidential, internal study for Chrysler based on 1987 data.  Provided analysis & programming for entry & processing of data gathered by teams in the field, tape processing of large datasets,  tabulation, and calculation of descriptive statistics.  Also assisted in recoding CMC parts database following acquisition of Jeep & Eagle.  McDonnell-Douglas Reality/PICK, working with Perkins Inventory and Research Analysis.  1988
Published confidential, internal study for Nissan USA based on 1987 data.  Provided analysis & programming for entry & processing of data gathered by teams in the field, tape processing of large datasets,  tabulation, and calculation of descriptive statistics.   Rehosted this application on a '386 running R83 PICK, netting huge performance gains.  Working with Perkins Inventory Research and Analysis. 1988
Published confidential, internal study for Chrysler based on 1989 data.  Provided analysis & programming for entry & processing of data gathered by teams in the field, tape processing of large datasets,  tabulation, and calculation of descriptive statistics.  R83 PICK, working with Perkins Inventory and Research Analysis. 1990
Published confidential, internal study for Nissan USA based on 1989 data.  Provided analysis & programming for entry & processing of data gathered by teams in the field, tape processing of large datasets,  tabulation, and calculation of descriptive statistics.  R83 PICK, working with Perkins Inventory and Research Analysis. 1990
Developed, implemented a database system for Old Dominion University's Center for Innovative Technology using '286 running R83 PICK/Appligator. 1991
Published confidential, internal study for Ford USA based on 1991 data.  Provided analysis & programming for entry & processing of data gathered by teams in the field, tape processing of large datasets,  tabulation, and calculation of descriptive statistics.  R83 PICK, working with Perkins Inventory and Research Analysis. 1992.
Prepare and present a series of 10 hour, 1 credit, courses in Windows, Word, and Excel for Philip Morris in Richmond, VA. 70+ students participated. 1993 - 1994
Supported and rehosted integrated manufacturing system for APC Corporation, a skylight manufacturer in Hawthorne, NJ, beginning in Reality, moving to R83. Installed and customized MasterPack accounting system. 1994 - 1995
Published confidential, internal study for Ford USA based on 1993 data.  Provided analysis & programming for entry & processing of data gathered by teams in the field, tape processing of large datasets,  tabulation, and calculation of descriptive statistics.  R83 PICK, working with Perkins Inventory and Research Analysis. 1994.
Published confidential, internal study for Ford USA based on 1993 data.  Provided analysis & programming for entry & processing of data gathered by teams in the field, tape processing of large datasets,  tabulation, and calculation of descriptive statistics.  R83 PICK, working with Perkins Inventory and Research Analysis.   Rehosted application on a '486 running R83. 1994
Study and report on telepager technology for Wells Fargo's Armored Services Dispatch Center, which was producing more than 35,000 pages per week and seeking to optimize these subsystems, working with James River Technical. 1994
Prepare and present series of 45 hour seminars in Project Management and Microsoft Project for network environment at Philip Morris in Richmond, VA. Train 100+ Engineers in the manufacturing center, following Kerzner's models, working with VCU's Information Systems Research Institute. 1995 - 1996.
Prepare and present courses in Object Oriented Enterprise Engineering for Dept. of Defense's Personnel Information System Directorate (PERSINSD) in Alexandria and Information Systems Development Center at Crowne Ridge. Students work with Visual Basic, Access, Power Builder, and other object oriented tools to assemble an accounting system for small organizations, using EDI, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, structured analysis and design techniques. 1995 - 1997
Integrate high-speed laser printers and Microsoft Word/VBA applications for membership coupon printing by International Dining Club in Richmond, VA. Support legacy PICK applications. Upgrade to AP Pro/Windows95 network. 1996 - current
Disaster Prevention and Recovery Plan for Wells Fargo's Armored Services Dispatch Center in Colombia, Md. Working with James River Technical. 1996
Rehost SB+ applications for S&K Famous Brands, Richmond, VA. Move several SB+ built applications from McDonnell-Douglas Sequel environment to IBM RS6000/UniVerse environment. Setup terminal definitions for all devices on network, integrate JRT Spooler functions with SB+ applications. Working with James River Technical. 1996
Upgrade fleet of 48+ modems, enhance datacommunications between corporate headquarters and retail branch stores, add EDI X.12 Advanced Ship Notices, add ICC128 barcode scan/pack/manifesting functions to proprietary, legacy system for HE-RO Group/Oleg Cassini distribution center in Secaucus, NJ. Working with James River Technical in Sequoia/TOPIX/PICK OA environment. 1996 - 1997
Published confidential, internal study for Nissan USA based on 1995 data.  Provided analysis & programming for entry & processing of data gathered by teams in the field, tape processing of large datasets,  tabulation, and calculation of descriptive statistics.   Also received datasets from Nissan reflecting national behavior & revised processes to provide extrapolations of sample data with reference to national datasets. Rehosted application set to a Pentium running PICK APPro.  Working with Perkins Inventory Research and Analysis. 1996-97
Published confidential, internal study for Ford USA & Ford Canada based on 1996 data.  Provided analysis & programming for entry & processing of data gathered by teams in the field, tape processing of large datasets,  tabulation, and calculation of descriptive statistics.   Modified system to provide cross-referencing of US & Canadian product line coding schemes,  multi-currency reporting, enhanced automated editing functions, working with Perkins Inventory and Research Analysis. 1997 - 1999
Assist with recovery and stabilize Sequoia/PICK OA/EDI site for Nahdree Group, working with James River Technical, in the wake of departed Systems Administrator/Programmer. Spring & Summer 1998.
Restore & upgrade legacy R83 PICK collection agency application for ABSG Collection Agency to AP/DOS & Windows95 environment. Summer 1998.  Atlantic Mgt/VCW
Recover Pediatrician's office system whose legacy R83 system resided on '83 vintage Compaq. Restored all applications onto IBM PC AT provided by hardware services company. Summer 1998.  PIRA/VCW
Startup Vertical Computer Works for PIRA, later purchased by Coppola Enterprises. Fall 1998 thru present.  
Rehost Presbyterian Outlook Foundations legacy circulation and donation tracking systems to Vertical Computer Works applications running on SCO Unix, UniVerse, & SB+.  Winter thru Summer 1999.  Coppola Enterprises/Joe Coppola
Replace International Dining Club's membership system with Vertical Computer Works applications running on SCO Unix, UniVerse, & SB+.   Spring thru Fall 1999.  Automate credit card batch submission, Winter 2000.  Coppola Enterprises/Joe Coppola.
Taught two sections of INFO362 Computer Hardware & Software and one section of INFO465 Projects/PowerBuilder, Fall 99.
Part-time systems administrator for Edge Management.  Production environment is NT & Windows.  Install DSL/firewall for the office network.  Setup and develop edgemanagement.com using RedHat Linux, Apache, and Sendmail.  ISRI/Michal Szczotka, David Klein, & Jason van Gumster, David Stone.
Rehost The Organ Historical Society's membership, circulation, and accounting systems with Vertical Computer Works applications, Winter 2000.
Teach INFO362 Computer Hardware & Software and two sections of INFO258 Visual Basic, Spring 2000 -- present.
Teach INFO465, Projects in Information Systems, using PowerBuilder and Adaptive Server Anywhere/SQL.  Fall 1999 -- present.
Launch www.idc241dining.com using Linux/Apache/SSL/PHP/MySQL & text interface to exisiting SCO/W98 production environment.  ISRI/Michal Szczotka
Consult with VDOT regarding a customized Project Management syllabus.  Presented a 30 hour course introducing Project Management Concepts & Microsoft Project in a multi-user environment.  ISRI/ A.J. Wynne, Peter Aiken, & Susan Story. Fall 2000.
Deploy Membership, Circulation, Receivables, Payables, Payroll, Ledger, and Fund Raising functions in Vertical Computer Works, for the Organ Historical Society.  Working with ISRI & Coppola Enterprises.  October 1999 - Fall 2001
Deploy T1 and Linux firewall/web&mail server for SourceOne Group, working with ISRI, Allen Stone & Dave Kline.  Spring 2001
Deploy T1 and Cisco firewall/router for The Presbyterian Outlook.  August 2001.
A current list is in the works.

Personal Interests:

Computing.
Navigation: Saltwater fishing and boating; Commercial pilot, multi-engine, instrument, flight instructor.
Reading fiction.
Dogs: Trained several Giant Schnauzers and Doberman Pinschers as companion dogs.

 

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