SENIOR MANAGEMENT

David J. Strobel
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Strobel, co-founder of Space Micro, brings substantial expertise in management of complex space technologies and space market penetration gained during his tenure as co-founder and President of Space Electronics, Inc. (SEi), and 18 years at SAIC and Northrop Electronics. He built SEi from an R&D startup to a 125-employee business with $13M in annual sales; his successful leadership led Maxwell Technologies to acquire SEi in 1999. During his service as a U.S. Air Force officer, Strobel managed several space R&D programs. He holds two U.S. patents for space radiation shielding, and has an MBA from Claremont Graduate Scool, an MS in Systems Management from University of Southern California, an MS in Nuclear Engineering from Cornell University, and a BS in Astronautical Engineering from U.S. Air Force Academy.
David Czajkowski
President, Chief Operating Officer, Director and Co-Founder

Mr. Czajkowski is a co-founder of Space Micro Inc., helping to lead the company’s growth since its inception in 2002. Under his leadership, Space Micro has developed industry leading computing, communication and imaging satellite and launch vehicle products, providing revenue and growth for the company. He is responsible for operations, including engineering, production, and business development.

Prior to joining Space Micro, Czajkowski was Chief Executive Officer at CyberDog Communications Inc. Additional satellite experience includes his work as co-founder of Space Electronics Inc., where he led the primary business unit designing and producing industry leading, radiation hardened microelectronic integrated circuits based on RAD-PAK technology. Czajkowski led all technical, production and business development for the radiation hardened products, from startup through INC 500 growth levels and to successful sale of the company to Maxwell Technologies.

He is the holder of various patents for radiation hardened electronics, field programmable microwave arrays and encryption key management technologies. David holds BSEE and MBA degrees from San Diego State University.

Czajkowski concurrently serves as a director of a Space Micro spin-ff, Cyber Sphere Data Inc., an encryption key management security company.

Bert Vermeire
Chief Technical Officer
Dr. Vermeire brings his extensive experience in both industry and academia to Space Micro where his primary focus is advancing new technologies. 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 three years as the CTO at Ridgetop Group in Tucson before joining the research faculty at Arizona State University in 2005. He holds seven patents and has authored more than fifty peer-reviewed publications. He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona and holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
Michael Jacox
Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Jacox has led engineering teams since 2010 in development of star trackers, space cameras, optical communications and agile radios. His previous 25 years' experience encompassed NASA and DOD-funded advanced technology and research programs. As Founder and President of StarVision Technologies, he developed StarCam satellite stellar gyro and VisNav precision-relative navigation sensors. As Deputy Director of the Spacecraft Technology Center at Texas A&M University, Jacox led the Center in a successful demonstration of the StarNav I star tracker on the STS-107 space shuttle flight. As Senior Scientist at DOE Idaho National Laboratory he led space nuclear power technology development for DOE and DOD and was assigned to the joint US-Russian Bimodal Reactor Design program as Systems Engineer. He was also an asset to the U.S. Air Force Research Labs. He received an MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Idaho, an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Georgia Tech University.
Patricia Ellison
Vice President of Human Resources and Administration
Ms. Ellison heads the Human Resources and Administration teams at Space Micro. She brings over twenty years of experience acquired through leadership positions in corporate, financial and personnel management. Prior to Space Micro, Ellison served as Controller at Pro Quotes, Inc., and Office Manager at Comsoly Consulting. Her background includes Information Technology, tax accounting, and internal audit activities. Ellison received her Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a comprehensive major in Economics.
Michael Dowd
Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Dowd leads Business Development and Marketing efforts at Space Micro. He brings eighteen years of global space industry experience in selling advanced components and computers. Previously, Dowd worked for Maxwell Technologies managing the sales of radiation hardened components and computers to international customers. During his time at Maxwell, he expanded the business in Europe, Russia, and India by creating and leveraging strong relationships with customers and business partners. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.
Daniel Strich
Director of Programs
Mr. Strich leads the Program Management Office (PMO) at Space Micro. He brings many years of program and project management experience in aerospace, defense, classified, and commercial programs from start-ups to multi-billion-dollar companies utilizing traditional, Lean, and Agile processes. At Space Micro, Strich built the PMO. He has led teams developing radiation hardened laser optical communications, image processing and storage, CubeSat processors, Command and Data Handling (C&DH), Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) radios and satellite data modems. His previous employers have included ViaSat, Comtech EF Data and CommScope. He received his BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and holds Patent # 6,091,712.
David Cook
Director of Information Technology
Captain Cook is the Director of IT for Space MIcro. He brings over 25 years of IT experience from satellite communications to network and server design to Kubernetes containers. Previously, Cook was CEO of SeaCode Inc., a maritime IT firm specializing in outsourced IT development. Cook holds a Master Unlimited license and has served as Master aboard ships ranging from scientific research vessels to super tankers. He has developed multiple processes that are now world standards in the shipping industry. Cook has worked as a professor and taught many classes at his alma mater, California Maritime Academy.
Joseph Zarrabi
Director of Laser and Photonics
Dr. Zarrabi brings over 30 years' experience to direct Space Micro's Laser Communications efforts in optical payloads, including GEO-to-GEO satellite laser communication at 100 Gbps. As a Senior Laser Physicist, he worked on high-power laser systems in many DOD and DARPA funded projects including LIDAR, time dependent 3D imaging based on high energy pulsed IR laser. His extensive hands-on experience in electro-optical design, modeling, fabrication of high-power laser systems, testing and payload integration has informed written proposals, technical reviews and white papers for funding from government agencies. Zarrabi has published over 20 scientific papers and holds two patents on micro laser technologies. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Physics from City University of New York.
Justin Luczyk
Director of Optical Communications
Mr. Luczyk leads Optical Communications efforts at Space Micro. He has two decades of space and military communications experience with a focus on DOD and US Government customers. Luczyk served as Director of Business Development for Space Systems at Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc. overseeing U.S. laser communications services and traditional satellite bandwidth. As Director of Government Programs and Business Development at Viasat, Inc., Luczyk led business development efforts for high-throughput satellite services and protected communications. Luczyk served as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer, completing three combat tours. He holds a BS in Systems Engineering from U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.
Frederik Waag
Quality Assurance Manager
Mr. Waag manages Quality Assurance initiatives and teams at Space Micro. He brings nearly two decades of civilian and military experience in quality assurance, regulatory compliance, and leadership. As Quality Assurance Supervisor for Space Exploration Technologies, he oversaw operations including Falcon F9 1st and 2nd Stage tank and engine builds, avionics and propulsion integration, and was heavily involved in regulatory compliance and process development. He was also part of an integral workforce ultimately developing and building fully-reusable F9 Falcon first stages. Following a military career, Waag received an MS in Aeronautical Science with Aerospace Operations Specialization from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Hebert Cerna
Manufacturing Manager
Mr. Cerna oversees all manufacturing aspects and product acceptability of Space Micro's product line. Cerna brings more than 30 years' experience in the space industry, both component-level production and high-reliability satellite electronics communication devices. Previously, Cerna worked for Maxwell Technologies managing two production lines: Microelectronic assembly of rad-hard components for military and space applications and ultra-capacitor for transportation and telecommunication. Cerna attended DeVry University.

Board of Directors

David J. Strobel
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Strobel, co-founder of Space Micro, brings substantial expertise in management of complex space technologies and space market penetration gained during his tenure as co-founder and President of Space Electronics, Inc. (SEi), and 18 years at SAIC and Northrop Electronics. He built SEi from an R&D startup to a 125-employee business with $13M in annual sales; his successful leadership led Maxwell Technologies to acquire SEi in 1999. During his service as a U.S. Air Force officer, Strobel managed several space R&D programs. He holds two U.S. patents for space radiation shielding, and has an MBA from Claremont Graduate Scool, an MS in Systems Management from University of Southern California, an MS in Nuclear Engineering from Cornell University, and a BS in Astronautical Engineering from U.S. Air Force Academy.
David Czajkowski
Board Member

Mr. Czajkowski is a co-founder of Space Micro Inc., helping to lead the company’s growth since its inception in 2002. Under his leadership, Space Micro has developed industry leading computing, communication and imaging satellite and launch vehicle products, providing revenue and growth for the company. He is responsible for operations, including engineering, production, and business development.

Prior to joining Space Micro, Czajkowski was Chief Executive Officer at CyberDog Communications Inc. Additional satellite experience includes his work as co-founder of Space Electronics Inc., where he led the primary business unit designing and producing industry leading, radiation hardened microelectronic integrated circuits based on RAD-PAK technology. Czajkowski led all technical, production and business development for the radiation hardened products, from startup through INC 500 growth levels and to successful sale of the company to Maxwell Technologies.

He is the holder of various patents for radiation hardened electronics, field programmable microwave arrays and encryption key management technologies. David holds BSEE and MBA degrees from San Diego State University.

Czajkowski concurrently serves as a director of a Space Micro spin-off, Cyber Sphere Data Inc., an encryption key management security company.

Martha Dennis
Board Member
Dr. Dennis has been a telecommunications technologist and entrepreneur as well as a venture capitalist during her 35-year career. Most recently she was with Windward Ventures. Dennis co-founded Pacific Communications Sciences, Inc. and Waveware Communications after heading up software development at Linkabit Corp. She serves on the advisory boards of several San Diego companies and chairs the board of NetSapiens. She also chairs the San Diego Commission on Science and Technology. She is past President of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Commnexus, the Bishop's School, and UCSD Athena. Dennis serves on the boards of Harvey Mudd College, the San Diego Foundation, and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and on the advisory boards of the UCSD Rady School of Management, the SDSU College of Engineering, and the Smith College Picker Engineering Program. She received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.
Larry O'Toole
Board Member
Mr. O'Toole is an experienced CEO who has served for 28 years in industries ranging from Aerospace and Defense to Safety and Security to Architectural Building Systems. His experience encompasses senior executive positions with public corporations Black & Decker and Ingersoll-Rand Corporation and as CEO of privately held organizations including DORMA Group Americas and Sanders Industries, Inc. Most recently, O'Toole was CEO of a privately-held aerospace and defense polymers engineering and manufacturing company, with US and European operations, that was successfully sold to a leading middle-market private equity group. O'Toole serves as a full-time corporate Director and Advisor. His Board advisory roles include KLATU Networks, an IoT software company, Instakey Security Systems and Marc Sanders Foundation. O'Toole is a frequent guest lecturer and keynote speaker with Bank Your Moment™, his series for business owners looking to achieve maximum enterprise value for their businesses.
Space Micro
Charles Nichols
Board Member
Mr. Nichols was twice a member of the Board of Directors at SAIC and held several offices of the company, Secretary and Corporate Counsel among them. As Senior Vice President, he headed the Aerospace Systems Group. In 1984, he founded the SAIC Employee Ethics Committee and served as its chairman for four years. During most of his career at SAIC, Nichols was responsible for government and media relations. Nichols was president and board member of the San Diego Super Bowl '98 Host Committee. He is the immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee of the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, a past Commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club, and currently serves as Director Emeritus of the Professional Service Council, a Washington D.C.-based trade association representing professional and technical service companies. Nichols completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and received his J.D. from the University of Texas.
David Ryan
Board Member
Mr. Ryan was Sector Vice President and General Manager in the Intelligence Systems Division of Northrop Grumman's Information Systems (NGIS) Sector, a major supplier of specialized systems and services to the U.S. intelligence and defense communities. Earlier, Ryan was Sector Vice President and General Manager of the Civil Systems Division of Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector, responsible for executing on all the company's civil space programs, including the James Webb Space Telescope. Ryan is a recognized expert in airborne and space ISR systems, SIGINT, optical and multispectral sensor systems, space superiority, signals intelligence, geospatial intelligence, big data management, processing and analytics, weather information and collaborative analytic environments. He holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Rice University in Houston, TX.
Rick Sanford
Board Member
Mr. Sanford is President of Space Ground Amalgam, LLC, with over 25 years of solution development, market creation, business development and sales experience. He is an acknowledged thought leader with team leadership experience in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. Sanford's career began in the U.S. Air Force, and he spent a decade with the U.S. Department of State in engineering and counter-narcotics programs. He studied Computer Information Systems at Strayer College and most recently completed 12 years with Cisco Systems, Inc. where he was responsible for building the U.S. National Security business and founding the company's Space business as part of the Global Government Solutions Group. In addition to his responsibilities at SGA, Sanford is a Partner with Hudson Fairfax Group, a private equity and business development boutique that provides growth capital to next-generation defense and security companies focused in cyber, intelligence, networks and homeland security. Sanford serves on the Board of International Space University in Strasbourg, France. He is a frequent guest lecturer, keynote speaker, conference moderator, and panelist and has been featured in trade, national and international press.
Jack Sears
Board Member
Mr. Sears is an Aerospace and Defense executive with over 25 years' experience in military and federal service, and industry leadership, management, and execution roles. Sears is Chairman of the Board and Chief Financial Officer at KinetX Aerospace, Inc. Previously, he was Client Relationship Executive for Deloitte's Strategic Federal and Aerospace and Defense clients, and Sector Vice President and General Manager for the Information Technology and Communications Sector of Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. Sears was Program Manager for Common High-Bandwidth Data Link-Surface Terminal and Common Data Link programs, and Project Manager and Subject Matter Expert in the Link 16 Program while a member of the Federal Service at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego. Before joining federal service, Sears served in the U.S. Navy. He is a recognized expert in small business administration, federal contracting, Foreign Military Sales, and Tactical and Intelligence Data Link Systems. He holds a BS in Business Management from San Diego Christian College and an MBA in Finance from University of Redlands.