M.S., Ph.D., Computer Science – 1992, 1997
Dr. Ben A. Calloni received a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Purdue University, a master of arts in Christian ministries from Wayland Baptist University, and a master of science and a Ph.D. in computer science from Texas Tech University.
Calloni is a Lockheed Martin Corporate Fellow, an honor given to only one percent of the corporation's 60,000 technical employees worldwide. He is a former member of the Whitacre College of Engineering Dean's Council, where he held the offices of secretary-treasurer, vice president, and president. He is also a founding member of the Computer Science Industrial Advisory Board, serving as its first president. He is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow, a member of both the Computer Systems and Software Systems Technical Committees, and a Texas Professional Engineer in software engineering. He has received multiple awards from Lockheed-Martin, as well as Outstanding Academic Instructor for the United States Air Force, serving from 1973-1985, and at Texas Tech, where he served as a faculty lecturer from 1989-1997. He also received, among others, the USAF Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, and an Outstanding Unit Citation. Calloni flew the F-4 Phantom in the Southeast Asia conflict.
Calloni previously worked for FSI International as an embedded software engineer before beginning his tenure with LM Aeronautics. Calloni is highly regarded as a subject matter expert in software and security engineering by senior system architects of the world's aerospace and defense corporations, as well as in the U.S. government. He has performed research in the security and safety critical domains with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Security Agency. His work with the Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) gained funding for a new methodology to achieve multilevel security requirements. The MILS architecture has been adopted by virtually every major defense weapon system integrator, including on the Lockheed Martin F-22 and F-35 avionics systems, and other Department of Defense ground, air, and sea systems.
Calloni has been the principal investigator under research and development contracts for the Air Force Research Laboratory, addressing issues in U.S. Air Force avionics, leading to successful demonstrations which utilize technologies aimed at promoting open standards and reducing cost to upgrade aging U.S. Air Force aircraft avionics. His success with these programs led to his promotion to program manager, where all of his research and projects concluded on budget and schedule. He has been a leader in several international consortia, including the Object Management Group and the Open Group, and has been invited to participate as a founding member of the Software Assurance Initiative with National Cyber Security Division of Homeland Security. Calloni is a frequent speaker at events such as the University of Virginia's Distinguished Lectureship series and several avionics and security conferences.
Calloni currently lives in Willow Park, Texas with his wife, Cheryl. They have two daughters, Marsi Hubbard and Shannon Hammonds, and two sons, Daniel and David Garvin, and 10 grandchildren ranging from ages three to 18. Calloni has always been active in church serving in several pastoral roles and as Sunday school teacher.