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A Pioneer in Technology

A Pioneer in Technology

Lloyd D. "Skipper" McDaniel, rose through the ranks of several of the most cutting edge technology-based corporations in America from the 1960's until his retirement in 1991. He always had a passion for understanding how things work and is proud of beginning his academic experience and engineering education at Arkansas Tech.

While Lloyd spent his early years in Pine Bluff and Little Rock, in 1959, Arkansas Tech proved to be the perfect place to continue his education. He majored in engineering; was an active member of the Engineering Club; and was a member of the distinguished precision ROTC Drill Team which performed throughout the state.

After college, Lloyd joined the Army. He served as an instructor in Colorado Springs prior to his final assignment in Op/Intel in Korea. An ATU alumni in California suggested he interview with Rocketdyne, a division of Rockwell. This launched Lloyd into a wonderful career in computers, graphics and sales/marketing.

At Rocketdyne, he worked in Research and Development on the guidance engines of the Gemini /Apollo; and later Turbomachinery, the "Carburetor" of the rocket. With this experience and his own initiative to learn more about computers, he became an expert in NC/computer graphics, a precursor to Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing.

Lloyd's career continued with positions at McDonnell Douglas where he taught other engineers to program on the first personal computers (G-15); and at Xerox Data Systems where he installed OP/Sys software worldwide before becoming a sales rep. Ultimately, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) hired, and then promoted, Lloyd to VP of Software on the Rockwell Corporate Sales Team where his career came full circle.

Today, Lloyd spends much of his time working with computers and researching family genealogy. He is an active supporter of Tech and endowed an engineering scholarship in his name. He likes to compare his proactive approach throughout his career to the outstanding progress he has seen take place under Dr. Brown's leadership at Tech.


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