Chris Ziomek is a tech entrepreneur who has over 30 years of experience in high-tech as a founder, executive, engineering manager, and electrical engineer. Chris presently leads Build With Robots, an automation business developing new robot-based technologies and business ventures. Chris also serves as an adviser, investor and board member for many New Mexico-based startups. Prior to his current activities, Chris was Founder and President of ZTEC Instruments, a high-tech startup that was acquired by Teradyne in 2013. At Teradyne, Chris served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of a wireless test equipment product line. Before ZTEC, he worked as a section leader at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and as a microwave engineer at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Chris holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New Mexico.
Richard Milford, PhD
Richard has over 20 years of experience successfully leading advanced technology and product development in Aerospace & Defense at both large and small companies. He is currently the Senior Director of Systems Engineering at Virgin Orbit where he leads the integration of the air-launched LauncherOne rocket system and plays a key role in transforming the company from R&D to first flight and production. Prior to that, he held a number of senior leadership roles at Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems (formerly Hughes Space & Communications) including Flight Controls & Software Department Manager for 150+ engineers, and Platform R&D Portfolio Manager and Chief Systems Engineer for the $1B 702 Satellite Product Line. He has also served as COO of Enigma Science, an R&D Instrumentation startup, and has lectured courses, published papers and patents in control systems, software, and product line strategy. Richard holds a Ph.D. in Robotics and Controls from the University of Queensland Australia, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.