Randy Iliff splits millions of atoms before breakfast and writes books in his spare time. His top-secret projects would blow your mind (but if we told you we’d have to kill you).

Q: Name?

Randy Iliff

Q: Title?

Vice President and Director of Strategy, Methods & Learning

Q: What is your expertise?

Solving complex problems before others even recognize they exist.

Q: Do you have a philosophy?

The future already exists; all I have to do is help others reveal it.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

Helping people discover how much they are already capable of doing.

Q: What is the best piece of career advice you ever received?

“Be willing to take part of your compensation in the form of learning and growth potential, the best job is usually the one that most improves your future value.”

Q: If you could go back in time and talk to yourself at the beginning of your career, what would you tell yourself?

“Plan what you can, but never hesitate to seize the unexpected opportunities fate places along your path.”

Q: What is the weirdest project you worked on (and why)?

Classified space-based SDI sensor system –  and no, I can’t tell you “why,” but trust me you’d agree if I could!

Q: What is your proudest work achievement?

Designing the IceCube Neutrino Telescope to be a powerful, reliable and versatile instrument. I proudly watch as one scientific breakthrough after another is announced by the team!

Q: What is one thing you cannot work without?

Caffeine.

Q: What is something no one knows about you?

For a couple years I attended a rural Missouri two-room school with a total of eight other students.

Q: Do you have any outside activities?

Several books are in the works, including one being written in conjunction with Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) that focuses on effective integration of PM and SE roles.

I also enjoy hiking, photography, cycling, cross-country and downhill skiing.

Q: Education?

I have a B.S. in Engineering from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.