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Eric Olson

Eric OlsonMr. Eric T. Olson has a long and distinguished career in Explosives Safety and Hazard Classification; initially working for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force before joining APT. Since coming to APT, Mr. Olson has served as the lead for two contracts: one for explosives hazard classification and testing support for the Air Force Safety Center, and one as firing range safety consultant for an Army Ammunition Plant operating contractor.  Previously, he served for six years as Deputy Chief of the Weapons Safety Division and seven years as the Chief of Explosives Testing and Hazard Classification Programs at Headquarters, Air Force Safety Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM where he was responsible for Air Force explosives hazard classification policy and processes, as well as executing the Air Force Explosives Safety Testing and Analysis Program. Prior to that, Mr. Olson worked for the Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) in Alexandria, VA as Chief of Ammunition and Explosives Safety.  Other relevant positions he has held include Vice Chairman of the Air Force Nonnuclear Munitions Safety Board (NNMSB), Co-chair of the Navy Weapons System Explosives Safety Review Board (WSESRB) and the NNMSB, Air Force Participant to the Joint Weapons Safety Technical Advisory Panel (J-8 Chartered), Air Force Participant to the Joint Weapons Safety Working Group (OSD Sponsored), Chairman of the DDESB Risk Based Explosives Safety Criteria Team, Chairman of the Air Force Explosives Safety Council, Chairman of the Air Force Insensitive Munitions Technical Working Group, Chairman of the AMC Explosives Safety Policy Action Committee, HQ, AMC voting member to the Army Fuze Board, Member of the DDESB Liquid Propellants Working Group, Air Force Representative to the JANNAF Safety & Hazard Classification Panel, and Air Force Representative to the DoD Explosives Safety Testing Steering Group.  Mr. Olson also served as the Army Hazard Classifier for seven years, during which he worked DOT exemptions for explosives until the requirements of TB 700-2 were incorporated into 49 CFR.  During that time, he also developed the Interim Hazard Classification (IHC) procedures that are currently used.  He holds the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Distinction from the University of Virginia, and the degree of Master of Engineering, Texas A&M University. Mr. Olson is also a Registered Professional Engineer (California).  

Jerry Rufe

Jerry RufeMr. Jerry Rufe began his career as a safety engineer working on the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster program as part of the Return to Flight initiative after the Challenger accident.  Since joining APT in 1998, he has held a variety of technical and management positions and worked on a wide array of programs and systems.  His experience includes coordinating and managing a multitude of hazard classification and insensitive munitions tests for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), including tests on the PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE), Terminal High Altitude Aerial Defense (THAAD) and Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) missile systems.  Some of his more noteworthy tests include the largest Fast Cook-Off test in DoD history and the only Shaped-Charge Jet test ever performed on a large missile system.  Among other technical duties, Mr. Rufe currently serves as an instructor in APT’s System Safety and Explosive Safety training programs and is Vice President, Director of the Safety Engineering and Analysis Center (SEAC) Division of APT. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and is completing a Master of Systems Engineering in Aerospace and Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Mike Swisdak

Mike SwisdakMr. Michael Swisdak is a Senior Scientist in the Explosives Safety Division at APT.  He is retired from the Department of Defense (DoD) after 45 years of service.  His specialties include airblast, explosion-produced debris, and its effect on explosive-safety quantity-distance. He served as the Chairman of the DoD Explosives Safety Board (DDESB) Science Panel, and supported the Risk-Based Explosives Safety Criteria Team (RBESCT) from 1997-2010. He is the author or co-author of over 145 technical publications in these fields.  He holds a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Florida.

 

John Tatom

John TatomMr. John Tatom is the manager of the APT Explosives Safety and Testing Division.  In this role, he manages full-scale testing for government and industry, including hazard classification. This work involves test planning, execution, data recovery, and report development. Additionally, he leads APT’s support of the RBESCT, which has developed and released SAFER (Safety Assessment for Explosives Risk).  He also manages the development of IMESAFR, and has served as the scientific algorithm coordinator since the beginning of the project in 2005.  He also serves on the DDESB Science Panel, supports the NATO Allied Ammunition Storage and Transportation Protocol (AASTP) Working Group, and the Klotz Group (an international debris modeling organization).  His prior software development efforts include HEXDAM (High Explosive Damage Assessment Model), and VASDIP (Vulnerability Assessment of Structurally Damaging Impulses and Pressures).  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.

William P. Yutmeyer

Pete YutmeyerMr. William P. Yutmeyer is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.  He also achieved a Master of Engineering Degree from Texas A&M in Industrial Engineering.  Mr. Yutmeyer worked in Explosive Safety for the Army for 25 years.  During that time he was the Army’s Hazard Classifier for 15 years.  He was also a Department of Transportation (DOT) delegated signature authority on interim hazard classifications.  Mr. Yutmeyer during his work within the Army was a member of many hazard classification committees and panels to include The DoD Tri-Service Hazard Classification Panel.  After retiring from federal service he joined A-P-T Research, Inc. and has continued to support the Military Services with hazard classification support.


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