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Chad Henningfeld Computer Scientist | 2009 Graduate

Alumni Biography

Chad Henningfeld

Currently Work for Surface Deployment Distribution Command (SDDC) as a Computer Scientist. Duties include serves as a technical manager for the Intelligent Road Rail Information Server (IRRIS) real-time military tracking and infrastructure system. Manages all system interfaces from multiple sources to ensure requirements are incorporated, designed, and tested to ensure optimal performance. Reviews transportation requirements from multiple sources and prioritizes implementation of those requirements to ensure deployed forces have data required to perform their mission in a timely and efficient manner. Ensures users accessing IRRIS information have the appropriate credentials and manages the user community to ensure information security. Participates and provides technical guidance at Configuration Control Board (CCB) meetings and reviews all system changes.

Upon graduation from Ranken, I began my IT career as a web developer at a consulting company based out of Chesterfield, MO. Leaving there I made a transition into backend development and worked as a software engineer for the next four years. I now currently work as a computer scientist within the DOD. Some of the past companies in which I have worked for include: Oakwood Systems Group, GeoDecisions and Ross Technologies.

Ranken not only prepared me for my career, it prepared me for life outside of my career. I gained skills that cannot be taught. These skills were obtained through interactions with fellow students, professors, internship supervisors, and coworkers. Attending Ranken you had to meet deadlines, set goals for yourself in a variety of subjects and activities, and accomplish them. These experiences helped develop the individual that I am today.

Company Profile

The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command is a unique Army command that delivers world-class, origin-to-destination distribution solutions. Whenever and wherever Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are deployed, SDDC is involved in planning and executing the surface delivery of their equipment and supplies.

SDDC is the Army Service Component Command of the U.S. Transportation Command and is a major subordinate command to Army Materiel Command. This relationship links USTRANSCOM's Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise and AMC's Materiel Enterprise. The command also partners with the commercial transportation industry as the coordinating link between DOD surface transportation requirements and the capability industry provides.