How did you get started in your field? What was your journey to Pragmatics like?
I started working with the US Army Classroom 21 (CRXXI) program in 1998. In 2013, Pragmatics became the prime contractor of the program, so I later joined the company to expand my knowledge on developing training infrastructure to improve the US Army's education capabilities.
Pragmatics always provides a high level of service and commitment to the customer while maintaining a competitive price.
I developed an appreciation of how Pragmatics conducted business versus its competitors throughout my years working here. Pragmatics always provides a high level of service and commitment to the customer while maintaining a competitive price. Previous contract holders that I worked with tended to overcharge for additions they were reluctant to perform. Pragmatics' ethical and collaborative approaches helped me realize that Pragmatics would be a good fit for me as a career path in the future.
What is your current role at Pragmatics? Tell us more about one project that you're working on.
My current role is Senior Technical Lead within Infrastructure Solutions. This role utilizes my experience with the government, technology, networking, and information security. My assignment is to guide the technology implementations and customers to efficient and reliable solutions that keep Pragmatics a cutting-edge integrator.
Our current focus is to leverage VR to transform classrooms from static training with lectures and PowerPoints to an interactive and immersive training environment.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a significant government initiative in today's classrooms to enhance training. Our current focus is to leverage VR to transform classrooms from static training with lectures and PowerPoints to an interactive and immersive training environment. Today's soldiers demand higher-speed information delivery and learning. Soldiers arrive on post expecting to be immersed in technology and cutting-edge capabilities as highlighted within movies and media.
What's your proudest achievement from your time at Pragmatics?
The Army Quartermaster School Petroleum and Water Department and Pragmatics implemented a VR simulation course to train soldiers. In a VR environment, soldiers were trained in the setup and use of in-field water purification equipment. It was exciting and rewarding being part of a new initiative and learning standard. The Army Enterprise Classroom Program (ECP) program achieved success within this initial pilot project. Its impacts include cost savings by reducing instructor contact time and enabling repetitive equipment usage, which further facilitates more efficient and effective instruction time.
What do you enjoy about working at Pragmatics?
I enjoy my colleagues, the technology we utilize, and the ability to create new ideas in a learning culture that embraces change. More importantly, I enjoy the role we provide in supporting our soldiers.
What advice do you have for people who want to be successful in their careers?
Communicate with the intention of collaborating to find the best solution.
Scot Kevin Peterson with his family
Six quick Q&A with Scot!
Q. Name one thing you can't get through your workday without.
A. Dunkin Iced Coffee
Q. What are the three most important things in life to you?
A. Family, friends, and kindness
Q. What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
A. During my college years, I was a Harbor Master on Martha's Vineyard.
Q. What is your favorite book to read?
A. The Count of Monte Cristo.
Q. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
A. An island with warm weather.
Q. Finish this sentence: "If I weren't working as an Engineer, I would be doing something based on imagination.