Director of Technology, Applied Technology Associates
Dr. W. Neil McCasland is currently the Director of Technology at Applied Technology Associates of Albuquerque, NM. ATA is an award-winning, small business providing high performance, state-of-the-art custom solutions, technical services, and assembly, integration, and test capabilities for ground, air, and space applications. The company specializes in line of sight stabilization, inertial sensing, and real-time processing systems for government and commercial customers. Dr. McCasland is accountable for technology identification and development across the range of ATA competencies and applications, and sets the vision and strategy for technology development for the company; leads and manages ATA’s IR&D program and provides technology guidance, support, and risk assessment across all ATA programs. Prior to joining ATA, Dr. McCasland served a 34 year long career in the US Air Force, retiring in 2013 in the grade of Major General. He commanded the Air Force Research Laboratory in his last assignment, where he was responsible for managing the Air Force’s $2.2 billion science and technology program and was also responsible for a global workforce of approximately 10,400 people in the Laboratory’s component technology directorates, including the 711th Human Performance Wing and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. M/Gen McCaslands’ career spanned a wide range of space-system related research, development and operations roles in the NRO and Air Force. As a General Officer, he served as Vice Commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center and the Space and Missile Systems Center, and at the Pentagon led Air Force Space acquisition policy and oversight on the Air Staff and served as the Director of Special Programs and Low Observables as a member of the OSD staff.
Dr. McCasland holds a PhD and MS in estimation and controls from MIT, where his studies were supported by a John and Fannie Hertz Foundation Fellowship. Dr. McCasland earned his BS in Astronautical Engineering at the USAF Academy, is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and Senior Member of the IEEE.