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Leadership

Anthony (Tony) Tenorio
Chief Executive Officer / Chairman of the Board

Tony Tenorio is the Chairman and CEO of A-Tech Corporation, d.b.a. Applied Technology Associates (ATA). ATA offers high performance custom design solutions, engineering services, and assembly, integration and test (AI&T) services/capabilities to government, aerospace and commercial customers. Early in Mr. Tenorio’s career at the Air force Weapons Laboratory then later at ATA, he directed the development of sophisticated data and analysis systems in support of the Airborne Laser Laboratory (ALL), the High Energy Laser Test Facility at White Sands, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL’s) Relay Mirror experiment, STARLAB, Altair, and the High Altitude Balloon Program. In 1992, Mr. Tenorio became the President of ATA and in 1998, he became the President/CEO and principal owner as part of a management buyout. Mr. Tenorio has taken the lead in the establishment of Strategic Relationships that have resulted in the creation of several Joint Ventures and in the expansion of ATA’s facilities. Mr. Tenorio currently serves as the Managing Member of both ATA Aerospace and ATAMIR WSMR. In recognition of Mr. Tenorio’s contributions to the local and national economy and to technological advancements, the Small Business Administration named him New Mexico Person of the Year in 2013.

 

Dan Gillings
President

Dan Gillings serves as the President of Applied Technology Associates (ATA), overseeing the operation of the organization in accordance with established strategic plans determined by ATA’s managing members.

Prior to joining ATA in 2011, Mr. Gillings worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he held the position of Deputy Business Unit General Manager and Senior Vice President of Business Development.  Prior to joining SAIC, he served with Honeywell Defense Avionics Division as a Research Engineer.

 

Darren Laughlin
Chief Inventor

Darren Laughlin is ATA’s Chief Inventor with 14 patents granted or in process, including ATA’s Magnetohydrodynamic Angular Rate Sensor (MHD ARS) technology that is the key enabler for ATA’s line-of-sight (LOS) stabilization systems, i.e. Optical Inertial Reference Units (OIRUs) and precision, high bandwidth Fast Steering Mirrors (FSMs).  He is also one of the principal owners of ATA.

Mr. Laughlin is a senior design engineer with more than 30 years of design experience involving MHD inertial rate sensors, radiation hardened electronics design, optical system design, and electro-mechanical design.  Mr. Laughlin was the recipient of the Arch T. Colwell Award by the Society of Automotive Engineers for his paper describing an MHD ARS that he developed that is used to measure angular motion in Anthropomorphic Test Devices, commonly referred to as “Crash Dummies”.  Mr. Laughlin has authored numerous technical papers relative to inertial sensor technology.

 

Neil McCasland, Ph.D.
Director of Technology

As ATA’s Director of Technology, Dr. Neil McCasland is responsible for technology identification and development across the range of ATA competencies and applications, and sets the vision and strategy for technology development in participation with the Directors of Strategic Development and Business Development.  He leads and manages ATA’s Independent Research and Development (IR&D) program as well as provides technology guidance, support, and risk assessment across all ATA programs.

Prior to joining ATA, Dr. McCasland served as the Commander for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.  Dr. McCasland is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

 

Jim McNally, Ph.D.
Vice President for Strategic Development

Dr. McNally leads the development and execution of corporate strategies to enter new markets and deliver ATA products. Jim is a seasoned executive, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor. Prior to joining ATA, Jim was the founding CEO and Chairman of the Board for TruTouch Technologies, Inc. that developed the world’s first non-invasive alcohol measurement product recognized by TIME™ magazine as an Invention of the Year in 2006. He was the COO at InLight Solutions, a medical device company. He was the VP of Operations for SVS (acquired by Boeing). Dr. McNally also led the development of the $130M Congressionally-directed Advanced Electro-Optical System (AEOS) optical telescope program, including the a 40,000 ft2 observatory facility, 3.67m telescope, and 940-actuator adaptive optics system on Haleakala, Maui.

Dr. McNally is a co-inventor on five patents, and is a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). He serves as a Director on the Boards of SPIE and TruTouch Technologies, Inc. Jim was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award, University of New Mexico (2015), and the 2006 Innovate Albuquerque Entrepreneur Small Business Award. He received his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of New Mexico.

 

Larry Lloyd
Director of Business Development

Larry Lloyd leads and coordinates all corporate business development and marketing activities for ATA.  Mr. Lloyd also leads the development, implementation and updates to ATA’s market strategy with an emphasis on populating and prioritizing ATA’s business development pipeline (i.e., contract opportunities) to ensure linkage to the strategy.  In this role, Mr. Lloyd facilitates ATA’s strategy to expand relationships with key aerospace prime contractors and expand ATA’s footprint into government research and development (R&D) centers.  Mr. Lloyd also leads the large program pursuits for ATA and its joint ventures with emphasis on technology R&D, prototyping and demonstrations, integration and test, test and evaluation, and system builds.

Prior to joining ATA, Mr. Lloyd served as the Special Programs Manager and R&D Space and Unmanned Systems Business Development Manager at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS). Prior to joining GDAIS, Mr. Lloyd served with Nichols Research Corporation as a program manager and research scientist.

 
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