Board of Advisors
Paul Gelhausen has been Chief Technical Officer since he co-founded AVID LLC in 2002. With over 30 years of government and industry experience, Mr. Gelhausen is responsible for strategy, technology development, and delivery of future aerospace vehicles and simultaneously pursues new analytical tools and methods for the advancement and analysis of aerospace technologies. Under Mr. Gelhausen's guidance, AVID has created methods for the design and analysis of aircraft. While a broad range of aircraft classes are covered, AVID has an emphasis in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's). Projects have spanned to include fixed wing aircraft, ducted fan aircraft, and biomimetic vehicles. Design concepts and methodologies for low noise propellers, cooling fans, and wind turbine designs have also been developed.
Bob Lindberg brings to AVID LLC more than 40 years of experience as an aerospace executive in the government, for-profit, non-profit and academic sectors. As Chief Operating Officer, he provides overall strategic and corporate leadership to build the company through corporate development, business development, personnel development and investment.
Since 2003, Dr. Lindberg has been a member of the faculty of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Virginia. From 2003-2012, Dr. Lindberg was President and Executive Director of the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). He has also served as Sr. Vice President for Defense Programs with Orbital Sciences Corporation (now Orbital ATK) and Research Scientist and Branch Head with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.
Bob holds a B.S. in Physics (with Distinction) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Fellow and past president of the American Astronautical Society, and a member of Sigma Xi and Sigma Pi Sigma.
Bob has received numerous honors including the 2003 Egleston Medal from the Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association. He has published in the fields of aerospace systems design, controls, and robotics and has edited two books. He currently serves on the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council and chairs its Planetary Protection Subcommittee. He has served on committees and panels for the Naval Studies Board of the National Academies, the National Security Space Architect, and the Federal Aviation Administration. He has served as a board member of a dozen technology businesses and non-profit organizations.
Mr. McAtee has a broad background in defense technology, program management and business development. A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, he received a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has extensive experience in managing and marketing defense programs.
Mr. McAtee has over 4000 hours in America's front line fighters. He is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School and the USAF Fighter Weapons School and served as an instructor at each. He was a test pilot on key Air force development programs to include the initial test and evaluation of the F-16. He commanded the first F-16 academic squadron and was vice commander of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School.
After retiring from the Air Force, he joined General Dynamics to manage the F-16 upgrade program that has kept the F-16 as the world's leading tactical fighter. Subsequently, he was the Director of the Advanced Tactical Aircraft program, a multi-billion dollar development of an Air Force medium range stealth bomber.
Mr. McAtee also served as Lockheed Martin's Director and Vice President of International Business Development in the Middle East and North Asia. He played a major role in winning competitive contracts in Israel, the UAE and Korea.
Since retiring from Lockheed Martin, Mr. McAtee has spent over 12 years as a CEO and Business Development Vice President with companies involved in cyber security and threat detection. He currently leads efforts for Sparrow Security Systems to deploy advanced entry control point security.
Chuck Nimmo was born and reared in Williamsburg, Virginia and is a graduate of the University of Richmond. He has 32 years of experience in Point of Purchase Advertising and has worked closely with many high profile companies, including Kraft/Nabisco, The Campbell Soup Company, Nestlé USA, First Brands, and Penguin Random House. During his career, he has helped his clients successfully launch over 300 new products in the marketplace and has won 27 OMA awards.
Mr. Nimmo currently resides in Williamsburg with his wife, Claudia, and has 2 daughters and 2 grandsons. He is actively involved in the community and has served as a board member on the Williamsburg Industrial Development Authority, Williamsburg Land Conservancy, Bacon Street, and The Peninsula First Tee.
Aviation has always been one of Mr. Nimmo's favorite pastimes and he has been a pilot for 25 years. He also studied and taught karate for 20 years.