John Bobick, Chairman of the Board
John has over 34 years of experience in technical, leadership, and managerial roles involving providing expert services in aviation systems engineering and operations analysis. His career has focused on the design, development and application of computer modeling, simulation and analytical tools for airport, airspace and air traffic control system design, planning and evaluation. His technical efforts have involved contributions to addressing a wide range of problems/concerns in the aviation industry, including operational, capacity, environmental, safety and economic issues. John has played a leadership role in the FAA's SIMMOD™ simulation model from its inception, including its design, development, implementation, validation, application, and establishment as a worldwide standard for airport and airspace planning, evaluation and analysis.
John received his B. S. degree in Engineering (summa cum laude) from Penn State University. He attended graduate school at Stanford University where he earned his M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in Systems and Control Engineering. After completing his graduate studies, he pursued career interests in the field of aviation, including positions at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute), and ATAC Corporation. He has served in various technical and management positions since joining ATAC in 1980, including President & CEO from 1997 to 2007. John has been recently honored as a Centennial Fellow by Penn State University for outstanding professional achievement by an engineering graduate.
Scott Simcox, President and CEO
Scott has over 19 years of leadership and management experience in a variety of roles within the aviation and aerospace fields. He provides leadership for ATAC's business development and marketing efforts, and oversees ATAC's existing product and service lines, including the Airport and Airspace Simulation Model (SIMMOD™), the Military Airspace Simulation Model (NASMOD), the Integrated Noise Model (INM), the BirdWatch Reporting System (BWRS), and the Graphical Airspace Design Environment (GRADE). Scott also works with clients to develop tailored consulting services solutions that leverage ATAC's unique knowledge and insights in aviation systems modeling and simulation and aviation systems analysis.
Scott began his career in the United States Air Force where he served as a meteorologist, engineering project manager, and satellite operations officer. At the University of California, Berkeley, Scott was the Program Manager and Research Development Director for the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR), where he led development efforts and provided management support to faculty and research engineers at five universities, including Berkeley, MIT, Maryland, Virginia Tech, and George Mason University. Prior to taking on his current responsibilities at ATAC, Scott led the business development and marketing initiatives for ATAC's entire product and consulting services portfolio. Scott received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, a M.S. degree in Meteorology from Penn State University, and a MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jeff Browder, Director, Business Development
Jeff Browder has more than 28 years of experience in the Air Traffic Control (ATC) arena more than 26 of which was in various positions at the Federal Aviation Administration. Throughout his career, Jeff has had the opportunity to engage in a wide range of endeavors, from controlling air traffic to redesign and implementation of large scale airspace and organizational changes, including service as an air traffic controller and manager, with responsibilities including system operations, training, quality control, airspace and procedures, safety management, structural reorganization and process improvement.
As an FAA employee, he served as an Air Traffic Controller and manager at Albuquerque, Miami and Houston Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCCs). He also gained valuable experience in labor and management interactions as a member of the FAA Southwest Region’s Resource Management Branch, ASW-540, functioning as a facility manager liaison and specialist in labor and employee relations. Additionally, he worked for several years at FAA Headquarters in the Office of Strategy and Performance, and as Group Manager of the Office of Safety Assurance in the Eastern Service Center. He facilitated both large and small groups to successful outcomes, including the high-profile Fuel Forum meetings sponsored by ATO System Operations, and interacted with the full range of air traffic services provided by the FAA, including NextGen services. He worked alongside ATO senior leadership to effectively bring about positive change in the four major service units of the FAA Air Traffic Organization—En Route/Oceanic, Terminal, Technical Operations and System Operations.
In May of 2010, Jeff joined ATAC Corporation as Director, Business Development, primarily supporting ATAC’s customers from office facilities in the Washington, D.C. area. Customers include several major FAA organizations, the Department of Defense, international Air Navigation Service Providers, and major airlines and airports around the world.
Dave Schleicher, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Dave Schleicher has more than 22 years of experience in the research, development, and systems analysis of advanced air traffic control and cockpit technologies as well as advanced vehicle concepts. Dave also has over 15 years of experience in management of research and development (R&D) projects and organizations and business development.
Dave received his B. S. E. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (summa cum laude) from Princeton University. After receiving his master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, Dave started his career as a NASA aerospace engineer at NASA’s Ames Research Center working on the design and assessment of advanced military and high-speed civil rotorcraft including civil tiltrotors. After receiving a Diploma (avec grand fruit) at the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Brussels, Belgium, focused on aerodynamics study and research, Dave returned to NASA Ames and served on the research program development and management team that led NASA’s emerging Advanced Air Transportation Technologies (AATT) program. In the AATT program, Dave served as the manager for Benefits and Safety Assessment, where he led in-house and contractor analytical efforts and simultaneously obtained his private pilot’s license.
Since serving at NASA, Dave has worked in multiple roles in private industry as an Air Traffic Management systems engineer, R&D project manager, and business development lead focused on the development of advanced ATM technologies. Dave’s extensive NextGen experience includes the design and development of real-time ATM automation systems spanning the domains of airport, metroplex, and en route airspace as well as the development of advanced general aviation cockpit technologies. Dave is a co-holder of a patent on a smart airport automation system and has developed algorithms for NASA’s Center-TRACON Automation System’s En route Descent Advisor (EDA). Dave has also led teams in developing both real-time and fast-time ATM simulations and associated scenario generation and analysis tools as well as demonstrations and assessment of new ATM operational concepts for major U.S. government agencies including NASA, the FAA, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Dave has served ATAC as Director, Strategic Programs, and now serves in the role of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, he manages and oversees all active projects, including services, tool development, and IR&D, and works with the Business Development Team to support new strategic business outreach efforts to current and new government and private industry clients.
Charles "Wink" Winkleman, Vice President - Finance and Administration
Wink has over 30 years of financial management experience in a variety of roles in aviation and aerospace companies. Wink joined ATAC in 2003 as the Vice President of Finance and Administration after spending over 30 years at Space Systems Loral (formerly Ford Aerospace) in a variety of financial management positions.
Wink began his career as a financial analyst at Ford Aerospace and within five years was promoted to a supervisory position. Wink's career included Business Management positions, which were responsible for the financial and contractual interface with customers for the GOES Weather Satellite, Space Station Battery Program, Japanese Government Weather satellite, and a classified program. Wink has a B.S. degree in Business Management and a MBA from San Jose State University.
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