Ben Downing is a Senior Engineer with more than 31 years combined experience in the U.S. Air Force and as a defense contractor. He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master of arts degree in international relations from Creighton University. He has an extensive background in military intelligence, satellite navigation systems, signals and user equipment, and ballistic missile guidance and control technologies.
For the past five years he has analyzed global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) system architectures and user equipment with an emphasis on guidance and control subsystems of foreign ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and other aerodynamic systems. He is currently developing techniques and algorithms for evaluating GNSS satellite and receiver performance. He has also developed a software-based GPS receiver to support his research.
Most recently, Ben has done extensive research and study in the application of design thinking methodologies and tools for use in driving innovation. He attended the Design Thinking Bootcamp at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University in March 2013.
Ben also has taken on the role of the unmanned systems domain innovation program lead for MTSI. In this role, he will help motivate MTSI personnel to identify potential innovative solutions to anticipated and known customer needs in the unmanned systems domain. He will also provide oversight, management, encouragement, and technical assistance to those personnel implementing those solutions.