Patrick Weadon

Patrick Weadon

Curator


NSA Cryptological Museum

Annapolis, MD USA


The more you know about the world, the better you’re going to be at your job.

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Currently serving as curator for the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic Museum, and is only the third curator in the museum’s history.
His goal as curator is to give museum visitors a wider understanding of cryptology, as well as an appreciation for the NSA’s mission.
Prior to being named curator of the museum, he worked in the NSA for over 20 years, holding jobs as a special agent and an intelligence research analyst, among others.
Although the NSA was formed in 1954, he likes to point out that cryptology has been around since the beginning of time, and has shaped a surprisingly large amount of our history.
One of his favorite things about cryptology is that it requires a balance of technical and artistic skills—and he believes everyone should seek out that kind of balanced education.
Says that although we’re all well aware of the risks that new technologies present, history shows that we’ll continue to push the science forward.
He personally doesn’t have a cell phone, but he’s aware that eschewing new technology isn’t a feasible solution for everyone.
Instead, he says we must channel any good defensive team by staying agile, adjusting to new threats, and never wearing down in the face of a challenge.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
American Government and Politics (United States)
Catholic University of America
Graduate
History, General
American University

Career

Curator

I am a former NSA agent working to give people a wider understanding of cryptology.

Career Roadmap

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My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Technology
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

My main goal going into work every day is to help people understand the critical role the making and breaking of codes have played throughout history and to (hopefully) help them develop an appreciation for the importance of the agency's mission. I manage our collection of thousands of artifacts and ensure they are presented to the public thoughtfully and accurately. I also oversee our team of docents and volunteers who lead tours and interact with visitors.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Learn as much as you can about a wide variety of technologies. The more you know, the better informed you will be when trying to protect people from the risks associated with those technologies.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

It is important to be educated, no matter who you are or what you do; whether you go to college or not. Education is the key to everything.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You don't have a cell phone? You must miss out on a lot of things."