VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING
Mr. Gifford joined DHPC Technologies as Director of Engineering in March 2009 and was promoted to Vice President of Engineering in June 2011. Mr. Gifford is responsible for direct management and technical oversight of all Engineering personnel involved in the wide variety of engineering assignments being executed across the company. He develops and directs procedures and methods to ensure that technical accuracy and quality standards are met and maintained. He provides daily engineering expertise and direction to DHPC’s Engineering teams working on a variety of highly technical and complex programs. As a professional technical coordinator, he is responsible for ensuring the projects are executed properly and are technically accurate while maintaining customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining DHPC Technologies, Mr. Gifford had a lengthy career with the US Army, Intelligence & Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD), where he served part of his career as Chief of the EO/IR Survivability Branch. His time with the Army gave him extensive experience planning and coordinating technical programs integrating efforts across multiple projects, Research and Development organizations, DoD Services, matrix organizations, industry, and Government laboratories.
While with Lucent Technologies, Rich was a Product Deployment Manager and Product Release Manager for the Fiber Optic and Switching Systems Business Units. Prior to Lucent, Mr, Gifford was a program lead for the Aviation Research and Development Team at Teledyne Brown Engineering.
Mr. Gifford holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, with concentrations in electronics and computer systems, from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is also a member of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), Association of Old Crows (AOC), the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and the Association of the United Stated Army (AUSA). He graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School in 2006 with the completion of Principle of Acquisition and Program Management.