Chad Woodard

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." - Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless


In my day job, I am a Program Manager in the aerospace and defense industry. I have managed defense programs large and small in various phases of the product lifecycle - development, production, and sustainment. Before becoming a program manager, I was an engineer for about 15 years. I began my career as a nuts and bolts engineer for the US Air Force and eventually ending up working on multimillion dollar satellite sensors and radars. One of the highlights of my engineering career was my time spent at Edwards AFB, CA, throwing stuff out the back of cargo planes testing parachutes. I have always loved military jets, and it was like an air show everyday seeing all the various aircraft undergoing testing there.

While I have no plans to quit my day job, I do enjoy freelance work that helps people solve issues with their projects. This work helps me keep some of my technical skills current, like writing software programs or building business models in Excel. I enjoy puzzles and usually find other people's projects more interesting than my own.

I am a lifelong learner and enjoy taking classes or learning through different experiences. There are only a few years in my life that I have not been formally enrolled in some sort of educational program. I'm currently seeking a BS in Computer Science, a MS in Data Engineering, and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering. In addition to keeping my skills current, I'm hoping these educational programs will help me learn the skills necessary to one day create my own business analytics tool to help organizations make better data-driven decisions.

I'd love to hear about your unique problem and brainstorm solutions with you.


MISSION: To use my experience as an engineer, program manager, and problem solver to be a leader and mentor in my day job while helping people solve interesting problems.

VISION: I value Integrity, Accountability, and Excellence in myself and others. My goal is to have the people that I interact with see these values in me. I am passionate about helping others increase their level of personal success in life and in business.


These are a few of my favorite things:


Familiar with HTML, PHP, CSS, Python, VBA, C++, and MATLAB

Link to GitHub and projects coming soon.


I work with Tableau, Power BI, MS Access & Excel

Portfolio page in work


Book list and reviews coming soon


Links to projects coming soon


I casually play guitar and cello


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Huntsville, AL, USA