Dr. Ron Storm Joins Aptima
Dr. Ron Storm Joins Aptima as Director of Dayton, OH Operations
Executive brings UAV, ground, air, and space program expertise to R&D company
Woburn, MA, July 2, 2012 – Aptima, Inc., a leader in human-centered engineering, announced today that Dr. Ronald F. Storm has joined the company as the Director of its Dayton, Ohio office. Bringing an impressive 20+ year track record from active duty military and the defense industry, Dr. Storm will assist Aptima’s expansion into new markets and capture of opportunities.
As an engineer and executive, Dr. Storm has driven organizational growth and technical innovation in air, ground, and sea programs, with expertise in autonomous and human systems. Prior to joining Aptima, Dr. Storm was Director of the Military Sector of Ricardo, Inc., helping diversify the North American arm of global engineering firm, Ricardo Plc, into such new arenas as unmanned systems, aviation, and Special Operations. While at Ricardo, Dr. Storm was responsible for development and capture of multiple programs such as the DARPA Transformer (TX) Flying Car with Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, and the C2M2-L portion of the Adaptive Vehicle Make Portfolio.
Previously Dr. Storm was an Engineer at Raytheon on the Cooperative Engagement Capability System, and later the Vice President and General Manager of Eclipse Energy Systems, where he was responsible for numerous defense-related advanced technology programs for use on ground, air, and deep space applications.
“We’re thrilled to gain an executive who embodies innovation, both at the engineering and leadership levels. Ron’s multi-disciplinary background and passion to improve the performance of human-centered systems through technology are a great complement to our company,” said Daniel Serfaty, Founder & CEO of Aptima, which develops solutions for DARPA, NASA and other US Department of Defense research labs by applying advanced social and behavioral science.
Dr. Storm began his military career in the United States Navy’s Submarine Service, where he was qualified in Submarine Warfare, and completed his military profession as an instructor at the Naval Submarine School.
With a keen interest in autonomous technologies, Dr. Storm is a Board member of Robot Town, a living lab that incorporates humans with robots, created by the United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). Dr. Storm is also on the planning committee for the Driverless Car Summit, a program sponsored by the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
Dr. Storm earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Argosy University in Tampa, an MBA from the University of Sarasota, and a BS in Organizational Development at Southern Illinois University. Dr. Storm’s research used Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) to measure group dynamics (Cohesion and Groupthink) and decision quality in small military teams. Dr. Storm remains active in academia and teaches in the area of Business Strategy. View our list of presentations and papers. [Archived Link No Longer Available]