Mr. Woody has over 40 years experience in electro-optical systems concept development, design, and testing, including 30 years involvement in multispectral and hyperspectral instruments. His instrument concept development and follow-on concept development have been involved in multiple space-borne meteorological instruments and other remote sensors.


Gene Loch - BS ME
Systems Engineer / Program Manager

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Mrs. Shastri has over 40 years of experience developing and refining wireless architecture and subsystems on various programs surrounding wireless technologies. Her management and innovation have been integral to several products related to SINGARS, GSIP, LSIP, ASIP, Handheld, JTRS, BOWMAN, and other radio programs. 

With over 30 years of experience in the design, development, and production of spaceborne systems, electronics, and associated ground processing systems, often designing instruments and software for military theaters, Dr. Falk is an established systems engineer capable of managing large-scale logistical programs.

Gary Walker - BS ME
Mechanical Mechanisms

David Yeager - PhD Physics
Electro-optic Systems design

Dr. Perry Falk - PhD EE
Systems Engineer

Joe Predina - MS EE
President / Systems Engineer

Dr. Hopkins is a Professor of Electrical Engineering (retired) at Rochester Institute of Technology, with 34 years of consulting experience in industry. His specialties in the fields of modeling and controls, together with his abilities to create customized visualization and rapid-design tools, have enabled him to make notable contributions to several aerospace programs.

Richard Rafalski - BS EE
Electronic / Software Engineer

For over 30 years, Dr. Yeager has managed project teams for NASA/NOAA, DOD, and FAA. His contributions to those projects have additionally enhanced their viability and success with his suite of management, risk assessment, PPR, and technical expertise in the field of electro-optical component and systems design.

Mr. Hertel has for over 30 years explored, analyzed, and developed technologies concerning electro-optical systems dealing with focal plane technologies, system architectures, and trades among detectors within remote sensor equipment, resulting in his status as a preeminent subject matter expert in the field of EO design.

Mr. Travis has over 25 years of experience  designing, testing, and analyzing thermal and structural variables in projects ranging the aerospace industry. His full-spectrum testing skill set, versed in simulated and experimental testing, has been essential to the implementation, viability, and reliability of satellites, launch vehicles, gas turbine engines, airframes, and electronics.

Richard hertel - MS Physics
Subject Matter Expert





Specialists in Space-Based Remote Sensor Technology and Systems

David Willems - MS EE
Microwave / RF Systems Design



Dr. Isaacs has developed and operated on the cutting edge of communications technology for over 40 years. In that time he has advanced security and stability assessments in military and civilian spread-spectrum communication systems, managed medium-scale simulations development, and headed systems design and troubleshooting for emergent communications technologies.

Mr. Loch implemented Lean Six Sigma management for medium-scale mechanical engineering teams for over 25 years for ITT / Exelis, where he developed a set of management skills and credentials that made him a defining asset for one of the world’s leading engineering corporations.

Mr. Van Vranken possesses over 30 years of technical expertise primarily focused on guidance and navigation, FSW design, simulation, and testing. His background in simulations and systems calibration have helped to resolve issues in project development for a number of projects and firms, and his initiative in developing custom calibration and analysis software has saved his employers' time and money.

Over the last 35 years, Mr. Willems, a VBSS Green Belt and innovator with both space-based and terrestrial component and system design, has repeatedly been at the forefront of remote sensing instrument innovation. As a specialist and thought-leader in microwave and RF system design, he led teams of engineers and developed technologies resulting in several patents of some of the field's most optimal and advanced systems.

Mr. Walker has over 29 years of experience in mechanical design and manufacturing support of optical scanning systems used in satellite-borne weather data collection and remote sensors developed for NOAA under oversight by NASA GSFC. His contributions in design, implementation, testing, and analysis have been integral to the development today's leading sensor instruments.

Randy van Vranken - MS ME
Guidance / Navigation Engineer

Mark Hopkins - Phd EE
Modeling / Control

With 36 years of experience designing, building, and testing some of the most widely-used operational weather instruments flying in space or soon to be launched, Mr. Predina is a recognized industry expert in the greater NASA/NOAA engineering community and a former ITT Exelis Technical Fellow.

Sandy Shastri - MS EE
Certified Systems Engineer

James Isaacs - PhD EE
Communication Systems Engineer

Mr. Rafalski has built 40 years of notable expertise in the fields of custom software/hardware test sets design, real-time control, network design, and communications technologies. He has established a flexible background in several programming languages that he has brought to bear on a wide variety of software systems in use on current sensing equipment.

For over 30 years, Mr. Gagnon has developed a components engineering background in a wide variety of space and ground-based systems in both classified and non-classified programs. His history in specifying program part requirements, part sourcing and qualification, component manufacturer facility surveys, data analysis, and DPA/FA cover nearly all spectra of components-based issues and requirements.

Don Gagnon
Components Engineer