Jud Gostin joined us November 9, 2011.
Jud Gostin founded Sensis Corporation (now Saab Sensis) in 1985 and served as President, Chairman and CEO. What started as a supplier of defense radar upgrades grew to be a diversified, global provider of aviation and defense solutions. The company was sold in the summer of 2011 to Saab AB, a Swedish aerospace and defense company, founded in 1937.
Under Judís 26-year leadership, Sensis became the sole certified provider in the U.S. of airport surface safety equipment as well as surveillance solutions with deployments spanning from London to Australia, in more than 35 countries across six continents. The company also became a recognized expert in radar solutions for the defense industry, serving every branch of the U.S. military. Most recently, Sensis acts as the subcontractor to Northrop Grumman on the U.S. Marine Corpís ground and air based radar program, the prime contractor for the radar on the U.S. Navyís Independence Class Littoral Combat Ships and is a leader in the competition to become the prime contractor on the U.S. Air Forceís long range radar program.
Further, Judís leadership encouraged collaboration and continued learning, where the company took an active role in industry organizations and working groups worldwide, helping to address critical issues and develop innovative, real-world solutions. From a thought-leadership perspective, Sensis has generated more than 126 patents (awarded or in-process), with 50 current employees named as inventors and annually engages in speaking opportunities at more than 25 industry venues.
Before founding Sensis Corporation, Jud was a Program General Manager with General Electricís Radar Systems Department, leading the development of advanced air defense systems. He was responsible for a business segment whose scope extended from tactical ground-based and shipboard electronic systems/sensors to large, sophisticated radars employed in Ballistic Missile Defense. Prior to this position, he led the development of advanced air defense systems. In this capacity, his achievements included leading the system engineering and international technical marketing efforts for a family of solid-state radars; system architect of the highly successful AN/TPS-59 radar; and developing adaptive aperture techniques that now provide the basis for an important increase in the ECCM capability of virtually all modern phased array radars.
Jud holds a BA and MSEE from Dartmouth College and will be sharing his thoughts on lessons learned in starting and growing a technology company in Central New York.