Mr. Kavetsky spent 32 years as an engineer in the Department of the Navy, building and running hypersonic wind tunnels, as well as developing undersea weapons. He was appointed the first Warfare Center Liaison to the Office of Naval Research where he established the N-STAR program, a Navy-wide effort aimed at reinvigorating the science and technology community within the Navy’s Warfare Centers. Bob has co-authored 11 books on a wide variety of national defense-oriented topics. He is a proud graduate of Catholic University, where he obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Administration.
Mr. Riordan retired from the US Army in March 2018, with 30 years of service. His final assignment was the Division Chief, Operational Contract Support for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), Director of Logistics in an effort to reduce risk when incorporating commercial options into military operations. Matt received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts Degree in Procurement and Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Fort McNair, D.C.
CFO/Director of Finance and Administration
Mr. Martin manages all business operations of ETC. He brings a broad business background and local development expertise to our Fast FORWARD initiative, drawing technology-based economic development to Indian Head, Maryland. Matt started his career in public accounting, held several senior executive positions, and serves community organizations such as the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center and Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Martin has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Messiah College.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Ms. Bennington brings ETC an innovative and pragmatic approach to acquisition. She served 27 years in the USAF Contracting/Acquisition at all levels of leadership. From enterprise services contracting within the Pentagon to weapon systems, including Global Hawk, NRO, the JSF, and two tours to the Middle East. Sheri has an Economics Degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master's Degree from George Washington University and Webster University.
Director of Programs
Mr. Lucius focuses on ETC's Army Research Lab project support. He is a seasoned leader experienced in leading and mentoring multi-disciplinary teams and organizations to achieve professional fulfillment and exceed corporate performance measures. Tommie brings exceptional program management, leveraging 30-years of experience in multiple leadership, management, and staff roles with increasing levels of responsibility. Tommie served in the US Army, ultimately reaching the rank of colonel retiring in 2020. Mr. Lucius has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arkansas State University, a Master of Science in Management & Systems Acquisition from the US Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Science in Management & Strategic Leadership from the US Army War College, and received the highest DoD Certification Award in Program Management & Contracting.
Strategic Communications Leader
Mr. Lobo is responsible for developing and implementing ETC's strategic communication plan and elevating our tactical messaging. He advises on branding, public relations, public affairs, and engagement. Luiz is the editor/designer of ETC's newsletter, our video executive producer, presentation coach, and director of web development. He has collaborated with dozens of companies worldwide, improving their strategic stakeholder communications, leadership skills, critical messaging, planning, and rollout of global events. Mr. Lobo has an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and a Master of Arts Degree in Multimedia Design from the University of Iowa. He furthered his professional training in Design Thinking, Broadcast Journalism, Executive Production, and Global Affairs.
Ms. Crespo supports the Navy SBIR/STTR programs conducting outreach for the DON Underrepresented Outreach Project. She helps bring awareness to the DON SBIR/STTR programs by steadily engaging local economic development stakeholders. Rachel has experience developing internal strategic processes, marketing materials, and communication campaigns for external use. Before working at ETC, she worked as a Biomedical Technician, installing, maintaining, and ensuring the hospital’s medical equipment was safely functional. Ms. Crespo has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Catholic University of America.
Economic Development Analyst
Mr. Crowe focuses on providing analysis and support to various ETC projects related to Economic Development. He brings a focus on qualitative, eco-system focused, research to make reports and recommendations, presently focused on supporting Department of the Navy SBIR/STTR programs. Matthew recently graduated from Xavier University where he has received a Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Bachelor of Arts in History. While in graduate school, he worked as both a Teaching Assistant and a Research Assistant.
Senior Research Associate
Dr. Doherty is involved in the Energetics Global Awareness initiative and has worked in the Machine Discovery and Invention projects at ETC. Ruth brings a wide range of experience in the international arena, including NATO and The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP). Ruth has researched explosives formulation and crystallography of energetics. She is an internationally recognized expert in energetic materials, with more than 30 years of experience in the research and development of energetics. Dr. Doherty has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Maryland. She is currently an Associate Editor of the journal Propellants, Explosives, and Pyrotechnics.
Mr. Durant manages the Energetics Science and Technology program, which utilizes Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence techniques. The goal is to help the company become the lead information integrator across the Energetics community. His approach is to build a collaborative team that focuses on a development path. Will spent four years designing, building, and deploying cabled and un-cabled undersea electronic sensor systems for DARPA and the Navy. He became the technical project lead for ground-based and UAS platform EO/IR systems with onboard processing and multi-spectral threat detection. Mr. Durant has a BSEE from the University of South Alabama.
Mr. Finson provides support and maintenance to ETC's information technology systems focusing on one-on-one technical support, security enhancements, and documentation. Rob has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems and Business Analytics from the Colorado State University Global Campus.
Dr. Fischer joined ETC as a Principal Scientist to support the Department of Defense's energetic materials research and development. During his 36-year tenure with the Federal Government, he served as the Director of Department of Defense Laboratory Office, as Director of Homeland Security's Science and Technology, and as Director of Chemical-Biological Defense Division. He also worked as an energetics materials research chemist for the Navy at China Lake, California. Dr. Fischer has experience in many technical leadership positions on weapons-related chemistry and materials, including Advanced Technology Manager for the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Project Office. He was selected to the Senior Executive Service (SES) to lead Naval Aviation Science & Technology Office and Systems Engineering Department for Naval Air System Command. Dr. Fischer has a BA and Ph.D. degrees in Organic Chemistry along with a Post-Doctorate in Chemistry.
Mr. Gargano maintains the IT system infrastructure for ETC. He began working with the company in 2009, supporting the Navy's STEM outreach program in elementary, middle, and high schools across Southern Maryland. Since then, he has worked on several Army and Navy projects, including website development, web-based interactive historical timeline design and development, database design, and other client support tasks. Shane has an Associate of Applied Science in Information System Security Degree from the College of Southern Maryland and a Bachelor of Science Degree in CyberSecurity from the University of Maryland University College.
Jeff started with ETC as an Analyst in February 2021. His expertise is in building computers and programming applications as well as organizing and analyzing data. He is a recent graduate from the Catholic University of America. He received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics.
Mr. Hardy assists with ETC's Machine Discovery and Invention projects. He is mastering his ability to search, extract, organize, evaluate and use information relevant to ETC research projects. He uses this framework to extract data from documents and classify them using different programming techniques. Lloyd, a recent high school graduate, plans to pursue a mechanical engineering degree.
Mr. Imrie supports the Global Awareness effort. He worked as a full-stack engineer on the Unified project, a platform targeted for the business-to-business (B2B) market. Aaron helped design and create the order writing, forum, and chat capabilities for the platform. He also helped develop the user interface of an Electronic Medical Record system called Nymbl Systems. Aaron is originally from Canada but currently resides in Birmingham, AL. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Alabama.
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Mr. La Haye leads the ETC Analytics team and specializes in data visualization, exploratory analysis, and data engineering through open source and proprietary tools. He supports various teams across the company and strives to help people get the most out of their data using effective tooling and value-driven strategy. 'Bingo' built a portfolio specializing in open source data and geographical analysis. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from The Catholic University of America and completed data analysis training online.
Assistant Program Manager
Ms. McCusker currently supports Army Research Lab's development efforts and previously worked as NavalX's Web Developer and Designer. Before joining ETC, Kate worked for Technology Services for three years at the Catholic University of America. She interned as a Data Analyst at FOCUS, a nonprofit advocacy group for charter schools in the District of Columbia. Kate also worked for LNK International, a New York-based pharmaceutical company, as a package developer in the Graphic Arts Department. She later moved to support their Business Development in the IT Department. Kate has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The Catholic University of America with a minor in Studio Art and a Certificate in Business from Villanova University.
Dr. McDuffie brings more than a half-century experience as an international thought leader in cybersecurity awareness, education, training, and workforce development. Ernest is the founder and CEO of The Global McDuffie Group, LLC and vice-chair of the Board at ETC. After earning a Ph.D. in computer science from the Florida Institute of Technology, Ernest went to work for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He was selected to lead an all-of-government national campaign designed to improve every segment of the population's cyber behavior, skills, and knowledge, which enabled safer cyberspace. Dr. McDuffie spent five years as the first Lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.
Ian works on ETC's Machine Discovery and Invention project, writing and evaluating code and researching novel methods for future Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning efforts. He has experience with Python and Matlab. Ian has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Deputy Director of Programs
Mr. Millemaci is experienced in policy and strategy development for the DoD in various arenas and assists with the commercialization of Intellectual Property through ETC's Partnership Intermediary Agreements. Before ETC, he worked for different defense contractors performing design, development, testing, and evaluation of military hardware systems. John was involved in the development of one of the first frequency hopping communications systems that was integrated into a liquid chemical agent detector, developed an automated submarine periscope head window cleaner, and was involved in several UXO testing programs, including the detonation of ordnance fuzes using high power RF energy and development of a tele-operated excavator for UXO recovery. John has Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.
Mr. Nietubicz brings in four decades of federal service, including three years of active duty in the US Army. He retired from the Army Research Laboratory, where he worked as an experimental and computational research scientist in ballistics and aerodynamics. He was the Division Chief of the Computational Science and Computing Division and the first Director of the ARL DoD Supercomputing Center. Charlie's assignments also included work at the Pentagon's office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology and a research assignment at NASA AMES Research Center in CA. Mr. Nietubicz has a Bachelor's and Master of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Deputy Program Manager
Mr. Paulin’s duties focus primarily on efforts associated with the Indian Head FastFORWARD initiative. Indian Head FastFORWARD is an initiative to cultivate the energetics science and technology ecosystem. The focus is to support the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division and the economic development and revitalization of the Town of Indian Head and surrounding community. Paulin has spent the last several years working in the Town of Indian Head, specifically on its revitalization and economic development initiatives, bettering the community where he grew up. He was integral in creating and developing the CSM Velocity Center, Maryland Technology Center, Potomac River Boardwalk, and many other projects. Mr. Paulin holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Emerging Technology Portfolio Manager
Mr. Sanchez works on product feasibility assessment, program execution strategies, iterative program design, and university engagement. Joe helped establish a 5G network for MCAS Miramar, the first of its kind on any DoD Installation. He specializes in emerging technologies with rapid technological progress and developing pilot programs with DoD and commercial stakeholders. Joe has supervised and developed projects in emerging technology topic areas such as electric mobility, energy resiliency, counter-intrusion, and autonomous vehicles. Joe has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global Studies and a Certificate in Sustainable Energy from Arizona State University. He also holds a Certificate in International Business from the Vienna School of Economics.
Economic Development Analyst
Mr. Sànchez-O’Brien specifically supports the Navy’s (DON) SBIR/STTR program at ETC, aiding in research analysis, outreach, and economic eco-system engagement. Through analysis of conversations with different organizations within cities eco-systems; Christophe searches for opportunities to advance DON SBIR/STTR outreach to underrepresented small businesses. Christophe recently graduated from the Catholic University of America, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy with a Minor in Entrepreneurship.
Ms. Shingleton started her work at ETC as an Engineer for the NavalX project and now works on the Army Research Labs (ARL) xTech Search competition and the ARL Grace Quarters robotics initiative. Catherine has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering from The Catholic University of America.
Senior Research Engineer
Mr. Stiegler is an experienced Naval Program manager for the DDR&E National Defense Education Program and served as a Naval Systems Command's technical and program analyst responsible for developing and executing Naval educational outreach for K-12. He provides expert support in the strategic planning and implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) educational outreach programs. He provides technical, analytical, and program development expertise for developing viable technology programs leveraging existing investments, including SBIR, ONR, and DARPA efforts. Robert has a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, a Master of Business Administration, and a Post Graduate Certificate of Public Administration and Policy Analysis.
Ms. Wade assists in the strategic communication for ETC. She works on internal communication and external project marketing and helps in furthering the development of ARL. Annie has experience in event planning, email marketing, and inbound marketing research. Before working at ETC, she created a website consulting company and worked for two years as Communication Coordinator of Digital Marketing for the Diocese of Manchester. She completed her MBA-level Marketing Strategy certificate from Cornell University in the spring of 2021. She graduated Magna cum laude from The Catholic University of America in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts, History, and Digital Media and Communication Studies.
Stephen Wilkerson received retired from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Aberdeen Proving Grounds after 33 years of service. During his career with ARL he was an instructor at the United States Military Academy West Point for three years and the exchange scientist to Germany. He is currently an Assistant Professor at York College of PA. His research interests include unmanned systems, drones, control theory, and astronomy. Stephen has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Wilson has been a Principal Engineer for ETC since he retired from the Department of Defense (DoD) in July 2016. He manages ETC's Machine Discovery and Innovation project. Before retiring, he worked for the DoD at the Navy's White Oak labs, the Air Force's Munitions Directorate at Eglin AFB, NSWC Indian Head, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Over his DoD career, Bill researched detonation science and energetic materials development, the last 12 years as Program Manager of DTRA's Advanced Energetics Program.