Dr. Overmyer started his career in the software field in 1983 with TRW, Inc. as a user interface designer and requirements engineer on the Space Defense Operations Center project in Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain NORAD Complex. After completing several government projects with TRW, he was appointed manager of TRW's Research and Technology Center in Virginia. He earned a Ph.D. in Information Technology (Information and Software Systems Engineering), while appointed as Research Instructor in George Mason University's Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence.
Dr. Overmyer has nearly 10 years of industrial experience, followed by nearly 30 years of academic experience. During his academic career, he has been awarded 2 summer faculty fellowships at NASA's Johnson Space Center and has been a PI or co-PI on several National Science Foundation research grants. While an Associate Professor at Drexel University, he was also the Founding Director of the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Information Technology, a 5-week summer residential program for talented high school students. Internationally, he served at Subject Coordinator for both Software Engineering and Information Systems while at Massey University in NZ, and a (founding) Professor of Computer Science at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, as well as Acting Chair of the Physics Department there. He is currently an Associate Dean for Information Technology for Southern New Hampshire University, and works remotely from his farm in South Dakota. On Dr. Overmyer’s free time, he enjoys researching artificial intelligence for automatic student assessment, online poker, and wine making.