Lloyd Reshard is the CEO of Cognitive Big Data Systems Inc. an award-winning AI computer vision technology startup. In April of 2012, Mr. Reshard retired after 26 years with the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he spent his last six years as the Chief of the Munitions Aerodynamics Sciences Branch. There, Mr. Reshard managed one of the largest branches with 34 employees, and executed $250M in programs in six years, averaging over $40M annually. He initiated and collaborated in over $10M in research to investigate alternative ways to process data in real-time and found that AI using artificial neural networks was the number one way, followed by reconfigurable computing. His passion and drive lead to the founding of one of NSF’s most successful centers, the Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing.
He currently serves on the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Committee at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Achieve Escambia Leadership Council and the Career Source ESCAROSA Board of the Directors. He is a national award-winning engineer, his recognitions include Black Engineer of the Year Award for Career Achievement Government (2009), the DoD Civilian Meritorious Service Award for the Global War on Terrorism (2009), the General Lester L. Lyles Award for employee mentoring (2010), the National Science Foundation’s Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing Vision Award (2008) and the Air Force Material Command NAACP Award (2007) for promoting diversity in the workplace.