Ralph P. Dicco

Distinguished Alumnus
Ralph P. DiCicco
Serra Catholic High School, Class of 1969



Ralph P. DiCicco, Ph.D. is a 1969 graduate of Serra Catholic High School. As Chief Performance Officer for Engineering Services Network (ESN), Ralph is responsible for evaluating portfolio returns on investments and business impact on the organization.

Previously, Ralph served as ESN’s Chief Technology Officer, setting their technology direction in strategic, operational, and tactical information service environments in both the private industry sector and federal government. He was responsible for identifying new technology strategy and orchestrating the company's adoption of selected applications.

Prior to joining Engineering Services Network Inc., he served as Program Manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency leading a contract team in network and systems engineering. In this capacity, he was responsible for producing technical plans, implementation, and testing of products in areas of telecommunications and systems engineering that resulted in providing securely distributed Advanced Logistics Concepts pilot services, such as satellite control of drone aircraft. Within the Department of Defense, Ralph held numerous leadership positions from base through National Command Level authority levels; receiving several awards and recognitions throughout his career.

After graduating from Serra, Ralph earned a B. S. in Business Administration from Duquesne University; MBA from Central Michigan University; MBA and M. S. in Logistics Management and M. S. in Management Information Systems from Marymount University; and Doctorate in Information Systems from Kennedy Western University.

In a recent conversation with Diane DiNardi, Ralph noted that he has come to appreciate the importance of the pursuit of excellence. According to him, “It started with the blue collar ethic of being an employee of the steel industry “giants” of the 60’s – J & L and U.S. Steel. Over the years, I still work with exactness, effectiveness, and efficiency. In part, because it was the way Serra Catholic, Duquesne University, the U. S. Armed Forces taught me and as an engineer having attained a PhD…it’s discipline, as well. My family really didn’t “have the money” to afford Serra, but my mother knew the value of a catholic education.”

Ralph is committed to helping Serra students continue their education and their pursuit of excellence through contributions toward our scholarship fund. He believes in a life lived for God, while he continues to develop his God-given abilities to serve Him and benefit others.

Ralph and his wife Deborah have been happily married for 37 years and have a son David and granddaughter, Allie Lynn.

We are pleased to recognize Ralph among our Distinguished Alumni and are very grateful for his continued support.