This episode features my father Dr. Dennis Rowe (check out Episodes 3 and 4 for his initial introduction) and my sister Lauren and brother-in-law James chatting with our dad about how to get started with a doctoral program.Lauren Glaze is a 2003 Graduate of West Point and currently serves as a Technical Security & Projects Manager at ExxonMobil.Connect with Lauren on LinkedInJames Glaze, also a 2003 West Point Graduate is an Operations Manager (ExxonMobil Contractor Services - US / LATAM) at ExxonMobil.Connect with James on LinkedIn Connect with Dr. Rowe on LinkedInDr. Dennis W. Rowe is a Senior Principal Engineer with The MITRE Corporation. His professional career spans nearly 47 years. Throughout this period, he has made important contributions to both government and industry. Dr. Rowe spent a significant portion of his career as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Army. A Viet Nam era veteran, he served in positions of increasing responsibility during the Cold War in the Federal Republic of Germany and in the United States (US). As a Systems Engineer, Dr. Rowe has helped to shape the direction of several major Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs, including the FAA’s Automation Modernization program, the US National Airspace Redesign Program, and the National Special Activity Airspace Project. As a Subject Matter Expert on Special Use Airspace (SUA), he led the development and deployment of a nation-wide capability for the DoD to submit daily automated SUA schedules and disseminate them to all stakeholders in the National Airspace System. In 2005, Dr. Rowe organized an ACT/SAT Score Improvement Team consisting of West Point graduates, and some non-graduates, to work with diverse candidates to help them improve their ACT and SAT test scores. This Team contains flag officers, field grade officers, company grade officers, and civilians. Many members of this Team have served on the staff and faculty at West Point, including in the Admissions Office. As a direct result of Dr. Rowe’s leadership, his Team has assisted hundreds of high school students in most of the 50 United States, and in a few US territories and foreign countries, attain qualifying scores to attend West Point and the West Point Prep School. Many of these candidates have graduated from the Academy and are now serving on active duty throughout the world.... During the past three decades, Dr. Rowe has had extensive interaction with the admissions offices of the US Air Force Academy, the US Naval Academy, and the US Merchant Marine Academy. He has helped many students qualify to attend these academies... Dr. Rowe is a recipient of the National Black Engineer of the Year Award for Professional Achievement in Industry, and the Union League of Philadelphia’s “first ever” Alumni Achievement Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He earned a Master of Science degree in Engineering (Computer Science) from The George Washington University, and a Master of Education degree (Counseling) from Boston University. Dr. Rowe holds a Doctor of Science degree in Engineering (Computer Science) from The George Washington University. Dr. Rowe is married with 4 children. His wife is a retired Army Officer and each of his children are graduates of the United States Military Academy.