Leadership Team

Meet Our Highly Skilled and Experienced Team

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ATA’s senior management team have worked together for many years. They are widely known in the structural dynamics field as industry leaders in the application of test and analysis to develop successful designs for aerospace and other highly engineered structures.

Mary Baker, Ph.D., P.E.

Chairman & President

Dr. Baker’s expertise is in application of computer methods to structural dynamics and continuum mechanics with particular experience in liquid rocket development, satellite system engineering, launch vehicle and road vehicle dynamics, and simulation and testing of electronic equipment and consumer products for shock and vibration environments.



Paul A. Blelloch, Ph.D.

Vice President, Aerospace Analysis

Dr. Blelloch’s technical expertise is in the analysis of complex dynamic systems, particularly in the areas of control-structure interaction, optimization, model reduction, dynamic loads, model updating, and vibro-acoustics. He has written over 30 technical papers.



H. Clark Briggs, Ph.D.

Vice President, Aerospace & Defense Business Development

Dr. Briggs joined ATA in 2009 after retiring from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where he was a Member of the Technical Staff for over 20 years, serving in various roles in support of program management; systems modeling and analysis; mechanical software tool selection & implementation; and requirements management.



Ralph D. Brillhart

Vice President, Test

Mr. Brillhart brings over 30 years of testing experience to ATA. His previous experience with SDRC includes project management in Testing Services, performing a wide variety of dynamic and static durability and qualification testing of structures.



William Cherom

Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Cherom has nearly four decades of diverse experience in budgeting, accounting, systems, databases, organizational communications, and technical marketing. He began his career at Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto where he worked in the Corporate Offices as well as Manufacturing Division and General Systems Division as a contributing manager in accounting and systems groups.



Tom Deiters, P.E.

Vice President & General Manager

Mr. Deiters has over 25 years of consulting experience in applying computer-aided engineering techniques and structural testing to develop and enhance designs in many different industries. Mr. Deiters has had broad exposure to all of ATA’s primary capabilities, including structural design, testing, and analysis. He spent ten years in ATA’s testing group acquiring key knowledge related to modal and strain testing for complex structures.



Tricia Sur, Ph.D.

Vice President & Senior Director, Business Development

Dr. Sur brings more than 18 years of engineering consulting experience to the ATA team. Her technical expertise is in fluid mechanics and she is experienced with numerical, analytical, and experimental work in the laboratory, towing tank, and at sea.



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