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Legand Burge, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
You Got To Have A Program.

Birthplace

Born:
8/3/1949
Birth Location:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
You Got To Have A Program.

Birthplace

Born:
8/3/1949
Birth Location:
Oklahoma City
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Biography

Engineer and academic administrator Legand Burge, Jr. was born on August 3, 1949 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His parents, Bobbie and Legand Burge, Sr., had a profound impact on their children’s lives. Burge’s father, an electronics radar technician by background, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and rose to the rank of master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force after the war, and continued to work with radar technology for the Federal Aviation Administration. Burge excelled in math and science during elementary school, and upon graduating from Oklahoma City Douglass High School in 1965, he was offered a scholarship to study at Oklahoma State University, where he earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1971. During college, Burge held internships with Oklahoma Gas and Electric. He considered establishing a career there, but through his acceptance to the Air Force Institute of Technology, he earned his M.S. degree in 1973. He was then assigned to work at the Sunnyvale Air Force Base in California with the National Reconnaissance Office. After four years of service, Burge returned to Oklahoma State University to study under Dr. Rao Yarlagadda, earning his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1979.

Burge’s career has focused on information theory, coding theory, digital signal processing, and communications—areas of research that had become very popular during the 1970s and 1980s with the rise of both commercial technology and the military needs of the Cold War. Burge taught at the Air Force Academy before being selected to serve in the Intermediate Service School at the Air Command and Staff College. Shortly after, he was invited to work at the Pentagon under General Colin Powell’s supervision. Burge was assigned to the research and development group of the air staff’s International Program. In 1987, Burge became a lead researcher at the National Security Agency and later returned to the Pentagon, working as a cost estimator for the defense secretary. Burge retired from the military in 1999 after having served as vice commander of the entire Air Force ROTC program and the dean of the Acquisition Management School at the Defense Systems Management College. He was subsequently named a professor of electrical engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Physical Sciences at Tuskegee University.

Burge has been recognized for his administrative and research capabilities throughout his career. He was elected to the American Society of Engineering Education Executive Board in 2005. He has also worked with his son, Legand Burge, III to operate LL Burge & Associates, a consulting firm that addresses information technology needs.

Burge is the father of three adult children: Legand Burge, III, LeAnn Crisp, and Lamuelle Burge, and the step-father of Louis Burge.

Legand Burge, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 11, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Legand Burge shares his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Legand Burge talks about his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Legand Burge explains his family's involvement in the history of negro spirituals
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Legand Burge talks about his family's Native American lineage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Legand Burge talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Legand Burge talks about his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Legand Burge talks about his father's siblings and home town
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Legand Burge talks about his father's education and military experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Legand Burge explains the parceling of the family property, part 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Legand Burge explains the parceling of the family property, part 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Legand Burge talks about his father's military promotions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Legand Burge talks about his parents' meeting and his mother's cooking ability
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Legand Burge explains his mother's approach to home training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Legand Burge discusses the nature of his segregated school system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Legand Burge discusses his school's tracking system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Legand Burge talks about playing the piano at his church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Legand Burge responds to a question about the Church of the Nazarene
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Legand Burge recounts how he got into electrical engineering
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Legand Burge talks about his school experience
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Legand Burge discusses educational philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Legand Burge recalls his high school mentors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Legand Burge describes how family gatherings minimized the effect of his parents' divorce
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Legand Burge describes his father's remarriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Legand Burge talks about his social and extracurricular high school experience
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Legand Burge talks about his favorite musicians
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Legand Burge recounts his experience at Oklahoma State University, part 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Legand Burge recounts his experience at Oklahoma State University, part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Legand Burge details his memory of the Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination in 1968
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Legand Burge discusses his family's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Legand Burge recalls his involvement in black student organizations at Oklahoma State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Legand Burge talks about speech recognition technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Legand Burge talks about his experience in the Air Force ROTC program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Legand Burge talks about his work as a satellite officer in the Air Force ROTC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Legand Burge explains how he got his master's degree
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Legand Burge talks about the effects of his Ph.D. studies on his marriage, part 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Legand Burge talks about the effects of his Ph.D. studies on his marriage, part 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Legand Burge explains his Ph.D. dissertation in speech recognition technology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Legand Burge describes accents and speech recognition software
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Legand Burge discusses speech recognition technology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Legand Burge talks about his 1984 experience in the Air Command and Staff College of the Air Force Academy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Legand Burge details his work at the Pentagon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Legand Burge relates his achievements at the Pentagon
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Legand Burge talks about his work at the National Security Agency
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Legand Burge responds to a question about tracking technology
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Legand Burge recalls his experience during the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Legand Burge talks about technological developments and U.S. national security
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Legand Burge talks about his experience in the Air War College
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Legand Burge discusses his work for the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Legand Burge recalls his job as commander of ROTC programs at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Legand Burge talks about his transition from the military to the electrical engineering department at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Legand Burge shares a story about nearly leaving his position at Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Legand Burge talks about creating L.L. Burge and Associates with his children
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Legand Burge reflects on his life's accomplishments
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Legand Burge shares his thoughts on the future of Tuskegee University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Legand Burge responds to a question about how he would like to be remembered