Ronald J. Leach

Biography

Ronald J. Leach recently retired as Professor and Chair Emeritus from the Department of Systems and Computer Science at Howard University, where he had taught since 1969. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park and the M. S. degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include distributed systems, performance modeling and capacity planning; and most areas of software engineering, especially software reuse, fault-tolerance, and software performance measurement and their empirical foundations. Some of his current work includes the application of computing to the social sciences, especially in the area of name matching within historical documents, using both his computer search skills and genealogical knowledge. He is a frequent member of ABET site visit teams. He is an experienced cruise ship lecturer, with special emphasis on identity theft and computer forensics. He also lectures to other groups.

Ron Leach is the author of seven print books: "Using C in Software Design," Academic Press Professional,"Advanced Topics in UNIX," John Wiley; "Object-Oriented Design and Programming in C++," Academic Press Professional, Software Reuse: Methods, Models, and Costs," McGraw-Hill, "Introduction to Software Engineering," CRC Press, "Genealogy for the Information Age," Disruptive Publishing, and "Relative Genealogy," Disruptive Publishing. He has published two books on the subject of identity theft: "Twelve and a Half Steps to Avoid Identity Theft," as an ebook, and "Identity Theft in the Cyber Age," which is available as both an ebook and in print. Revised editions of many of these are available as ebooks.

Dr. Leach has offered technical training and seminars on software reuse, reengineering, and testing on three continents. He has lectured on a variety of other topics between continents! He is also the author or co-author of more than one hundred technical papers. In his spare time, he is the co-Editor of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal and is webmaster for its newly designed website.

Where to find Ronald J. Leach online


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Books

Baltimore Blue and Freddie Gray
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,910. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
A novel set during the excitement of the riots after the funeral of Freddie Gray, with a complete chronology of important legal events.
Recovering From Identity Theft
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,910. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance
Written by a well-known lecturer, author, and consultant on identity theft. this easy-to-understand book is the fourth in the Identity Theft series. It is intended for the general, non-specialist reader, provides a set of overall strategies and specific actions you should take if you are the victim of identity theft.
Confessions of a Cruise Lecturer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,600. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Cruises, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Industries / hospitality, travel & tourism
“Confessions of a Cruise Lecturer” is based on my experiences. You will learn many things from this book, including what cruise lines are looking for, how to work with a booking agency, how to lecture in a cruise ship environment, what the cruise lines expect from you, and how to manage your cruise lecturing career.
Data Recovery
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 43,150. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Data storage, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Reference
One of the greatest fears of anyone using a computer, smartphone, or tablet is the loss of their data. But there is hope, even in the worst situations. This book, written by a long-time computer science professor, department chair, author, and consultant, shows how the very complexity of modern computing devices helps make data recovery possible.
Advanced Topics in UNIX, Second Edition
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 113,550. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Operating systems, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Operating systems
The first edition of ADVANCED TOPICS IN UNIX, published in 1994 by John Wiley, was named an Alternate Main Selection of the Newbridge Book Club. It stayed in print for thirteen years. The revision will aid end users, application programmers, system programmers, and system administrators to make programs and utiliies work with UNIX variants in file systems, configuration files, and system calls.
Fastest Paths to a Job in the Computer Industry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,210. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Computer Science, Nonfiction » Career Guides » Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
This book provides essential information about the fastest ways to get jobs in the computer industry, even without a four-year degree or extensive computer programming experience. The information is based on the author's many years of experience as a computer educator and department chair and as a liaison with many industries to help place people as young as high school age in jobs.
Eat Kids at School
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,650. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Higher, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Administration / higher
This book lists 206 stories, anecdotes, and commentaries on the world of higher education. They are based on my experiences as a faculty member for 41+ years, an interested observer of higher education for many years before that, a department chair for 9 years, and on a number of stories I have heard from others.
The Bible as a Manual for Identity Theft
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,940. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Reference / General
While writing two other books on identity theft, I was struck by how some of the modern-day identity theft scams had counterparts in the Bible in some of the classical stories that are told in such thrilling detail. I invite you, the reader, to comment on my selections in your review of this book.
Twelve and a Half Steps to Avoid Identity Theft
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Security
This short, easy-to-understand book, intended for the general, non-specialist reader, will tell you what to do and what to avoid when going to a bank, pharmacy, or doctor; shopping in person; traveling; or using any kind of electronic commerce. You’ll learn about the most common security weaknesses of modern banking and e-commerce software and when to avoid using certain software systems,
Identity Theft in the Cyber Age
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 36,180. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Security
This book, written by a well-known and extensively published computer scientist who has lectured and consulted for many years on identity theft, will show you how to avoid the most common mistakes consumers make in their everyday lives. The many illustrations and real-lfe examples will pay for this book a hundred-fold.
Why 2K?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,380. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
What could have happened during the era of the famous Y2K hysteria, when computers and communications devices had to function when four digits were needed to use the current date instead of the two digits that were commonly used in many systems? Of course, none of the expected disasters happened and none of the Y2K terrorist plots did either. Or did they?
Software Reuse: Methods, Models, Costs, second edition
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 114,640. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Software development & engineering / general, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Software development & engineering / project management
This book describes systematic, reuse-based processes for designing, developing and maintaining large software systems using existing software components. We pay particular attention to the effect of reuse over the entire software life cycle, particularly economic and quality issues, for all common life cycle process models. We emphasize software reuse at all phases of the life cycle.

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