Richard (Dick) Darden serves as chief engineer of IBM’s Data and AI Expert Labs and Learning North American Government division. Under these roles, he is responsible for the overall technical delivery for IBM’s Data and AI programs for North American government clients. He also serves as IBM’s Digital Human Evangelist promoting the use of digital human technology to improve the human-machine interaction.
Darden has more than 23 years of experience leading North American industry conversations in the areas of enterprise AI, fieldable two-way speech–to-speech translation systems, performance engineering, security, and communicating the business value of technical solutions to clients.
Earlier roles at IBM included serving as chief architect for top federal government defense agencies, including the U.S. Joint Forces Command, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy, on such programs as the DoD Business Enterprise Architecture and Navy Enterprise Automated Information System.
Prior to his career in information technology, Darden served as a U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Junior Officer aboard the nuclear ballistic missile submarine, USS James Madison (SSBN 627 Blue), and as Chief Engineer aboard the nuclear fast attack submarine, USS Seahorse (SSN 669).
Darden is an accomplished and awarded international speaker, including at SAP Sapphire, i2 Planet (top 5 presentation), IBM Think, and IBM PLTE (most downloaded presentation)
Darden holds a Master’s degree in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.