Founder and CEO
Andy has a long history in Aerospace and Military. He started his career in the US Navy as an Aviation Electrician working on F/A-18E Super Hornets and C-2A Greyhound Aircraft, as well as the Supervisor of the Aircraft Instruments, Actuators and Generators Intermediate Level Maintenance Work centers onboard USS Nimitz.
After 8 years with the Navy, he decided to change tracks and accepted a position as MQ-8B Fire Scout Flight Test Engineer/ Mission Payload Operator at Northrop Grumman, operating and assessing EO/IR Payload performance. The next position had him transferred to the RQ-4B Global Hawk System to progress through various positions as Lead Payload Integration Engineer. Andy has also served as Aerospace Sector Functional Homeroom Manager, Subcontract Manager and acting Block 30 Program Manager, as well as Project Manager on numerous efforts.
As his final position with Northrop Grumman, he was selected to lead the overall technical team as the Global Hawk Program Deputy Chief Engineer and Block 30 Chief Engineer, overseeing all technical aspects of the product life cycle, including the development, production and sustainment efforts for the United States Air Force.
His experiences have given him an extensive breadth of knowledge in the fields of remote sensing, systems engineering, flight operations, system test and project management. Andy founded VStar Systems Inc. with the goal to provide clients with the technical expertise that he has amassed throughout his career, and help them discover innovative solutions to complex problems that can be solved with unmanned and robotic system technologies.
He holds a BS and MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in addition to a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and Certificates in Systems Engineering from Caltech.