Team Bios

Get to know the vast experience the ETC Team has to offer! 

Technology Transfer (T2)

Rachel Crespo – Engineer, NavalX

Rachel is currently an Engineer at Energetics Technology Center working on the NavalX project. She works on the Engagement Line of Effort where she manages the social media for NavalX and other means of engaging with the workforce. She designs marketing material and is the NavalX Chief Gratitude Officer, who is responsible for making wooden gifts and tchotchkes for distribution. Rachel is a recent graduate from the Catholic University of America where she received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Neuroscience. Before working at ETC she worked as a Biomedical Technician I at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC. Rachel joined ETC in January of 2020.


Ruth Doherty, Ph.D. - Chemist and Senior Research Associate

Dr. Doherty received her degrees in Chemistry at the University of Maryland (B.S. 1970, M.S in Organic Chemistry 1973, Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, 1980). In 1982 she embarked on a career with the Department of Defense, and spent most of the next 33 years working at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in the field of energetic materials development and characterization, focusing on underwater explosives. She held program management and supervisory roles within NSWC, and also took on leadership roles in the Joint DoD/DOE Munitions Technology Program (1988 - 2008) and the NATO Energetic Materials Subgroup in the Ammunition Safety Group (US Principal Member, 2000-2008). From 2007 to 2012 she was the Program Executive Officer for Counter-IEDs in the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. Dr. Doherty retired from federal service in 2015, but is still active in the community as a Senior Research Associate at ETC, an Associate Editor of the journal Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, a member of the Independent Advisory Board for the DoD Joint Enhanced Munitions Technology Program, and a member of the Scientific Committee for the annual Seminar on New Trends in Research of Energetic Materials.


Sidney Fooshee, Ph.D. – Tech Bridge Coordinator (Central Florida)

Sidney is the NavalX Central Florida Tech Bridge Coordinator at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD)  in Orlando, Florida for the Energetics Technology Center. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Psychology, Xavier University with an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the University of Southern Mississippi with a Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. He is also a graduate of the College of Distance Education Command and Staff Program, United States Naval War College and has a certificate in Healthcare Modeling & Simulation from the Naval Postgraduate School. He spent twenty years in the U.S. Navy as an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist (AEP) before he retired as a Captain (06) in 2018. He was a Defense Acquisition Corps member and Level III in Engineering. His last tour in the Navy was at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E) where he had R&D oversight for Training, Human Systems, Joint Nonlethal Weapons, and Language portfolios across the Services. He has previously been stationed at NAWCTSD as a Deputy Program Manager (Lieutenant) and Deputy Director for Research and Engineering (Commander). Sidney currently resides in Oviedo, Florida with his wife Erica Boccolucci Fooshee, and two daughters Abby (14) and Ashley (12). He started with ETC in December 2019. 


Shane Gargano - System Administrator & Facility Security Officer

Lloyd Hardy- Junior Analyst

Edward “Bingo” La Haye – Data Analyst

Edward La Haye, more commonly known as, “Bingo” is originally from Silicon Valley. He graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where he studied business and got a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. During the latter part of his senior year, he sparked an interest in coding and data analysis, and self-taught himself R.  

In June of 2019, he started his career in automated reporting at Health Services for Children with Special Needs Inc. in Washington, DC. He worked under the VP of Predictive Analytics. During his time at HSCSN Bingo worked on large scale reporting and data anomaly

detection. His favorite part of this position was the flexibility of how he could solve complex problems. And later on, he got some experience in SQL and Python. 

In his spare time, Bingo likes to learn new programming languages, participate in R community activities and challenges such as “Tidy Tuesday”. He also enjoys running and working out, as well as BBQing on the weekends. Bingo will also try and do some side projects in his spare time to add to his portfolio; you can see all of his projects on his GitHub (Here). 


Matthew M. Martin - Director of Finance and Administration

Matt started with ETC as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Business Operations in May 2020. Matt has a broad-based background in business and accounting across many industries. Matt started his professional career at Arthur Andersen as an auditor and subsequently moved into Forensic Accounting. In 2005, Matt joined the St. Charles Companies (Southern Maryland’s largest Master Planned Community) serving as their Chief Accounting Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and ultimately President. In his role as President, Matt lead the sale of all remaining residential land assets of St. Charles to LENNAR Corporation in July 2017. Most Recently, Matt provided independent consulting services to a variety

of clients including the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, LENNAR, St. Charles Planning Design Review Board, and Energetics Technology Center. Matt graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Messiah College and holds an inactive Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner licenses.  

Matt lives in Charles County and has so for over 20 years with his wife, Julie, and two beautiful daughters Morgan (16) and Anna (14). Matt likes cars, motorcycles and enjoys playing guitar for Potomac Heights Baptist Church. Matt has served on numerous charity boards including the Charles County Chamber of Commerce, ARC of Southern Maryland and the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation


Katherine (Kate) McCusker – Web Developer for ETC and NavalX

Kate’s previous work experience consisted of working for Technology Services for 3 years at the Catholic University of America where she provided technical support to the university community. At the same time, she worked in Data Analysis for FOCUSdc, a nonprofit advocacy group for DC charter schools. Kate worked at LNK Intl., a New York-based pharmaceutical company working in package development in their Graphic Arts Department and then later supporting business development in their IT Department.  

This past year and a half Kate acted as the Treasurer of Catholic University’s chapter of Association of Computational Machinery

(ACM). She is also a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines) and the Society of Women Engineers.  

Kate graduated from The Catholic University of America in May 2020 with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Studio Art (concentrating on web and digital design). Additionally, Kate attended Villanova University’s Summer Business Institute in 2018 where she earned a Certificate in Business

Ian Michel-Tyler - Engineer

My name is Ian Michel-Tyler and I am an engineer at ETC. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in Spring of 2019. Since being hired at ETC, I’ve worked primarily on the Machine Discovery Project writing and evaluating code as well as researching new, novel methods that would be useful for future work. I have good experience with Python and Matlab. Mechanical engineering gave me a good technical foundation to pair with what I would describe as a curious and tinkering personality. While my background is in engineering, my interests and career goals lie elsewhere. I love old BMWs, driving, sailing, reading, and most of all eating and drinking. What a  wonderful thing food is. While my career goals are ill-defined at this point and probably for a while, my life goal is to buy a sizable plot in the mountains of Tennessee and build a house. If I could do any job, I would be a professional rally or drift driver.


John A. Millemaci - Director, Technology Programs

John Millemaci has over 34 years of experience in hardware/systems design, development and testing; project/ program management for the Federal government and industry ISO 9000: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) policy and process development, Mr. Millemaci has been involved in state of the art hardware development, taking products from the design stage to limited production quantities for military and commercial clients.  He was involved in the design and development of an Automatic Liquid Agent Detector (ALAD) system, utilizing a unique, frequency-hopping data communications system before the advent of such systems.  He was also involved in the design and development of a submarine periscope head window cleaning system (3-HEPT) as the lead designer and project manager and produced 11 prototype units that were deployed to submarine bases nationwide.  Mr. Millemaci was involved in the development and testing of a tire pressure monitoring system with Schrader Valve Corporation, evaluating factors that could affect production costs as well as operation and maintenance.  He was involved in researching the effects of electromagnetic energy on ordnance fuzes with the ultimate goal of exploiting methodologies to render safe Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).  He managed several software development Marine Corp logistics projects, including the award-winning Marine Corps (MC) Equipment Readiness Information Tool (MERIT), which utilized tree-mapping software to visually convey the readiness of each MC asset type.  Mr. Millemaci managed a metrology laboratory for a research and development company, is responsible for computing assets for 500+ users and over 1000 items of test and measurement equipment, including electronic and physical standards.  Mr. Millemaci supports the STEM Development Office under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.  In this capacity, he is responsible for interfacing with a Department of Defense STEM Executive Board and its associated Working Group on a regular basis to coordinates the development and execution of STEM policy within the Department. He was a key contributor to the DoD STEM Strategic Plan and Implementation Plan and has contributed to several DoD instructions. He holds an active DoD TOP SECRET security clearance.


Charlie Nietubicz  - Principal Engineer, and former director of ARL

A retired ARL civilian who began his career at APG with the former Ballistics Research Laboratory in the 1970s, current defense contractor, is the vice-president of the Aberdeen Proving Ground Centennial Celebration Association. He graduated from the University of Dayton with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Worked at the BRL research center in the Launch and Flight Division.

While working in the computational arena, Nietubicz was offered a one-year assignment to the NASA Research Center at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California. He spent the year there working with the world’s foremost experts developing computational capabilities for projectile designs and analysis and was able to bring that knowledge back to BRL. When the U.S. Army Research Laboratory was formed Nietubicz went to work in the lab’s Weapons & Materials Research Directorate in the Aerodynamics Branch. He was then assigned to the Pentagon to the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology, ASA (ALT). He then was asked to come back to ARL and work as the Chief Advanced Computing and Computational Sciences Division, and later as the Director or ARL DOD Supercomputing Resource Center.


Currently, he works part-time as a high-performance computing research leader with Battelle and a principal engineer with the Energetics Technology Center.


Matthew T. Riordan - Director, Program Development

Matt is currently a Principal / Director of Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) Programs for Energetic Technology Center (ETC). He retired from the US Army with 30 years of service in March 2018. 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. He also served with the Center for Joint and Strategic Logistics (CJSL) and stood up immediate support for the Vice-Chairman Joint Staff Innovation Group (JSIG) to fully assess the Joint Logistics Enterprise and technology acceleration in contested & distributed operating environment.   


Matt was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up in north-central Florida. In 1987 he was commissioned through ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers at the University of Florida. His initial assignments included various troop command and staff positions with 8th Army (Korea), Training and Doctrine

Command (3-10th Infantry) and Forces Command (46th Engineers). In 1995, he was selected for the Army Acquisition Corps and was assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers (Kansas City) as a Contracting Officer where he deployed to Bosnia and Croatia in 1995-96 supporting Operation Joint Endeavor.  

In 1998-99 COL Riordan participated in the Training-With-Industry program at the Boeing Corporation in Duluth, GA and his follow-on assignment was as a Program Integrator with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) in both the Lockheed-Martin Fire & Missile Control and the Lockheed-Martin Information Systems business units from 1999 to 2001. He also served as an Assistant Product Manager (APM) in PM Training Devices (TRADE) under PEO Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (STRI) supporting instrumentation at the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, CA from 2001-2003. In 2003 he was selected to work with the Director of Logistics (J4) at the US Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa covering over 23 countries in the Middle-East. In 2006 he was nominated as the Product Manager for Acq Business under PEO Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) and in 2009 departed to attend the Senior Service College (SSC) at the Eisenhower School, Fort McNair, D.C. Following SSC he served as the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting (PARC) at the US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) before deploying to serve in Operation New Dawn as the Commander of DCMA-Iraq in Baghdad from June 2011 to June 2012 for the military drawdown and continuation of the Diplomatic Mission under Department of State/Chief of Mission. Matt served as the Director of the DCMA Boeing Philadelphia responsible for contract products and services at five operational sites in three states. He led a combined staff of 130 civilians and 10 military professionals. His oversight included management of over 4,800 contracts with a face value worth more than $12 billion and production of the V22 Osprey and CH47 Chinook weapon platforms.  

He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts Degree in Procurement and in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, and a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Fort McNair, D.C. He is a graduate of the Eisenhower School, Senior Acquisition Course, Advanced Program Managers Course, the Army Command & General Staff College, and the Training-with-Industry Program.

His military decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and received the US Army Chief of Staff’s Douglas MacArthur Award. Matt is married to the former Annmarie Falco of Tewksbury, Massachusetts. They have four children, Veronica (20), Julia (18), Teresa (10), and Joanna (9). Lee Silvestre has over 30 years of progressive, executive leadership in commercial technology, the Defense sector, and the non-profit arena, from Fortune 100 to a private start-up company; responsible for technology innovation, business operations, program development, and execution, and team development. Passionate about innovative ventures, transforming vision to execution, concepts to solutions, and talented people to high performing teams


Joe Sanchez – Installation Next Coordinator, MCICOM Installation Next

Joe is the coordinator for Marine Corps Installations G-7 (Modernization) Installation Next program. With Installation  Next, his duties include product feasibility assessment, program execution strategies, and academic engagement lead.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Global Studies and a Masters of Business Administration degree (2018). He is also a graduate of the International Business Program from the Vienna School of Economics (2017) and holds certificates from ASU in energy and sustainability (2016).


Joe served in the Marine Corps for five years as an infantryman before ending his active service in 2015 as an (E-5) Sergeant. During his service, he deployed four times to include multiple combat tours to Afghanistan and Yemen. Before joining ETC in September for 2019, he worked for Arizona State University- LightWorks as a program manager focused on Department of Defense applied research projects. Research project topics include expeditionary energy solution, microgrid design and deployment, infrastructure resiliency and Lidar remote sensing


Joe currently lives in Phoenix, AZ with his dog Skywalker


Catherine Shingleton – Engineer, NavalX

Ms. Catherine Shingleton started at Energetics Technology Center in 2018 as an intern and then started working full time in 2019 as an Engineer for the NavalX project. She is working on the Tech Bridge line of effort as the National Tech Bridge Coordinator and is working as the lead for the Agility Inbox Metrics effort. Catherine graduated from The Catholic University of America in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering.


In her free time, Catherine enjoys powerlifting at the gym and working on her family’s race cars.


Annie Wade – Communications Coordinator and Website Designer

Annie Wade is the Communications Coordinator for Energetics Technology Center (ETC). Annie graduated Magna cum laude from The Catholic University of America in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts, History, and Digital Media and Communication Studies. She also has a certification from HubSpot Academy in Inbound Marketing. Upon graduation she started her own business Wade Website Consulting designing, developing, and maintaining websites for small business owners throughout New Hampshire.  


In 2018 Annie became the Communication Coordinator for the Diocese of Manchester. She created a comprehensive digital

media communication plan for the Diocese, enhancing their Social Media and Email Marketing. She implemented a  new program of brand influencers to assist in brand awareness, grow the follower base, and drive event attendance. She created graphic design for print and digital signage, banners, posters, publications, and flyers, wrote monthly Press Releases covering topics of importance to the Diocese, as well as photographed over 200 events. Annie’s biggest success at the Diocese was enhancing their social media marketing efforts. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest saw an increased engagement by 75%. Annie introduced an Instagram account to their social marketing plan and it averaged 75 new followers a month, upon leaving the account had 1,400+ active followers. Her graphic designs were used by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Vianney Press, Catholic News Service, Catholic Connect, March for Life, and Catholic Charities of New Hampshire. Annie is originally from the Seacoast of New Hampshire.


Bill Wilson, Ph.D. - Principal Engineer

Dr. Wilson has been a Principal Engineer for ETC since he retired from the DoD in July, 2016. He is currently managing the ETC Machine Discovery and Innovation project for ETC. Before retiring, Bill worked from 1989 through 2016 for the DoD, including stints at the Navy’s White Oak labs, the Air Force’s Munitions Directorate at Eglin AFB, NSWC Indian Head, and at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Over his DoD career, Bill conducted research in detonation science and energetic materials development, the last 12 years as Program Manager of DTRA’s Advanced Energetics Program. Bill likes to pursue nature photography, and spends a lot of time since retiring doing volunteer work for a local environmental group, while also enjoying gardening.


Eldy Zuniga - Engineer 

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