Space Micro's team is comprised of a group of individuals with a very high percentage of advanced technical degrees. Over 70% of our employees have degrees in a technical field including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, and materials science. Our Senior staff averages well over 25 years of experience working with electronics, space, and aerospace technology. Each team member offers valuable experience and contributes to the over all success of the company.
David J. Strobel - Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Strobel brings his expertise in management of complex technologies for space and space market penetration experience, gained during his 7 years as President of Space Electronics Inc (SEi) and 18 years at SAIC and Northrop Electronics. He built SEi from a small R&D startup company to over $13M in annual sales with 125 employees before Maxwell Technologies acquired SEi. This resulted in the Inc 5000 award for Fastest Growing Companies in America two years in succession. He also won the SBA Tibbetts Award, for SBIR excellence; with a focus on rapidly commercializing technologies initiated under SBIR. At SEi, Strobel led 4 Phase I and 2 Phase II contracts from NASA, Air Force and BMDO. Previously he managed IC production for both space and military markets. As an Air Force officer he managed R&D programs for microelectronics for the MX, SICBM, and Minuteman rad hard missile programs. He holds two US patents for space radiation shielding. Education: M.B.A. Claremont; M.S. Systems Management, University of Southern California; MS Nuclear Engineering, Cornell University; BS Astronautical Engineering, US Air Force Academy.
David R. Czajkowski - Chief Operating Officer and President
David Czajkowski has over twenty years of experience in space computer design/architecture, rad hard ASIC design, and space radiation effects mitigation, and has co-founded two rad hard electronics manufacturers. After co-founding Space Micro, Mr. Czajkowski led the development of technologies and products, such as TTMR technology development and Proton100k rad hard space computer product with greater than 1,000 MIPS performance level under support from AFRL, SEFI mitigation of microprocessors with H-Core chip and software under support from NASA, plus the development of the highest performance space computer, the Proton200k, which operates at 4,000 MIPS. Previously after co-founding SEi in 1992, he led the development of several space computer modules (SB486R, SPARC ERC-32, and PowerPC 603E with TMR) leveraging commercial processors, and development of single event latchup protection schemes for sensitive ICs, under support from JPL. Additional space industry experiences include co-inventor of RAD-PAK™ radiation shielding packaging technology and team leader for the development of over 150 different monolithic and multi-chip module microelectronic products over the past 8 years, many of which continue to be manufactured and sold by Maxwell Technologies who acquired SEi. Mr. Czajkowski is currently the COO of Space Micro Inc, a company he co-founded with his partner David Strobel. David Czajkowski received a BSEE from San Diego University in 1986 and an MBA from San Diego University in 1990. He is the holder of 5 US patents, has 7 additional patents pending and has published numerous papers relating to radiation hardened space technologies.
Dr. Bert Vermeire - Chief Technical Officer
Dr. Bert Vermeire brings his extensive experience in both industry and academia to Space Micro’s team. He has been the principal investigator on a wide variety of research topics, including radiation effects on microelectronics devices and circuits and novel design techniques for mixed signal circuits using CMOS fabrication technologies. He spent 3 years as the CTO at Ridgetop Group in Tucson before joining the research faculty at Arizona State University in 2005. He holds 7 patents and has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Vermeire received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium in 1991 and a Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1999.
Michael Jacox - Vice President of Engineering
Michael Jacox brings over 25 years of experience leading advanced technology development programs for the Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and leading aerospace companies. Prior to joining Space Micro Mr. Jacox was the founder and President of StarVision Technologies Inc. which developed and demonstrated the StarCam satellite stellar gyro and VisNav precision relative navigation sensors. Before creating StarVision, Mr. Jacox served as Deputy Director of the Spacecraft Technology Center at Texas A&M University. Under his leadership, the Center successfully completed a demonstration of the StarNav I star-tracker on the STS-107 space shuttle flight. During his tenure with the United States Air Force Research Labs, Mr. Jacox served as Program Manager for a $50M solar orbit transfer vehicle (SOTV) demonstration program. He also worked on NASA and DoD funded research programs with Lockheed Martin and other federal contractors. Mr. Jacox holds a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Tech University, a Masters of Science in Nuclear Engineering from University of Idaho and a Masters in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
Carl Edwards - Division Manager, Advanced Materials Division
Mr. Edwards has led several SBIR programs within Space Micro which has led to innovative products such as Thermal Protection Coating (TPC). He has over 20 years of experience in the electronic packaging and materials industries. While at Honeywell, he was involved in the creation of thermal management products for semiconductor devices and managed a team responsible for new material development. Prior to Honeywell, Mr. Edwards was with National Semiconductor. Mr. Edwards holds two patents, with four pending, and is the author of eight technical papers on a variety of electronic materials topics, including die attach and aerospace materials such as radiation shields and hypersonic coatings. He received a BS in Ceramic Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA in Technology Management.
Paul Brammer - Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Brammer is a proven Business Development Professional of multimillion-dollar military and space contracts. Prior to joining Space Micro, Mr. Brammer was employed by L-3 Communications and has over 25 years of experience in Proposal Development, Program Management and Business Development on space programs ranging up to $25M in value. Mr. Brammer has a B.S. in Marketing with additional Post - Graduate work from Colorado State University.
Patricia Ellison - Vice President of Human Resources & Administration
Ms. Ellison brings over 20 years of experience to Space Micro in various positions including human resources, controller and various office management positions. Her current position includes responsibility for Human Resources and Facility Security Officer (FSO). In addition, she has wide ranging financial reporting responsibilities including contract invoicing as well as preparation and submittal of various government and corporate reports. Ms. Ellison has a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a comprehensive major in Economics. Prior to Space Micro, Patricia served as Controller at Pro Quotes, Inc., and Office Manager at Comsoly Consulting. Her background also includes IT, Tax preparation, and internal audit activities.