Mace C. Golden, Ph.D. – President
Dr. Golden received his BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington in 1987 and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in 1992. He was awarded his doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Colorado in 1999. Dr. Golden served 20 years as an active duty Air Force officer from 1988 to 2008 with duty assignments as a Peacekeeper missile launch officer, an associate professor of chemistry at the USAF Academy and chief of a sensor research and development laboratory. In 2001 he received the Frank J. Seiler Award for Outstanding Research – Basic Sciences Division at the USAFA for his work in synthesizing modified nucleic acid bases for use in thermal covalent combinatorial DNA libraries. As the sensor lab chief, he conceived and led development of several ground-breaking projects for which he received the NSA Scientific Achievement Award and was named the 2004 USAF Outstanding Scientist of the Year – Senior Military Category. One of these efforts included an electronic sensor platform from Pericle Communications Company, the predecessor to Augustus Aerospace. After retiring from active duty, he worked for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. for three years and then n-ask, Inc. for almost eight years. During this time, he continued to develop revolutionary exploitation concepts and capabilities. Many of these efforts featured systems designed by Augustus Aerospace including high performance and low SWaP payloads and ground components critical to four separate SmallSat programs. Given their long and successful relationship, it was only natural that Dr. Golden should join Augustus Aerospace as their president.
Jay M. Jacobsmeyer, P.E. – Founder and Chairman
Mr. Jacobsmeyer holds BS (magna cum laude) and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and Cornell University, respectively. He has over thirty-five years experience as a field engineer and researcher and is the founder of Augustus Aerospace Company, a 2018 spinoff of Pericle Communications Company. Before co-founding Pericle Communications Company in 1992, Jay served nine years on active duty with the United States Air Force and a brief stint with a defense contractor in Colorado Springs. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2005 at the rank of lieutenant colonel. Jay has led several high altitude and small satellite payload projects for the Department of Defense and other U.S. Government agencies. His technical papers have appeared in IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, and in twelve IEEE conference proceedings. Jay has served as principal investigator on seven government research projects: one for the U.S. Navy, one for the U.S. Army, two for the U.S. Air Force, and three for the National Science Foundation. A licensed professional engineer in the State of Colorado, Jay is also a senior member of IEEE, a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, (AFCEA), a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). He holds a U.S. patent on wireless modem technology.
Bryan K. Petch – Vice President for Product Development
Mr. Petch holds a BS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1986). He has over 30 years experience in the aerospace and wireless industries. Prior to joining Pericle Communications Company (predecessor to Augustus) in 2007, Bryan held a number of senior engineering and management positions with Texas Instruments, Omnipoint Technologies, Xircom, Intel and Xovix, focusing on radar, cellular GSM/GPRS/EDGE and CDMA products and technologies. With these companies, Bryan helped pioneer the development of location and spread spectrum technologies for commercial PCS applications and led the Intel/Xovix project team which delivered volume production of GSM/GPRS modem products. Bryan manages all product development at Augustus Aerospace Company and leads a talented team of experts in RF circuit design, software engineering, computer modeling, circuit board fabrication, mechanical engineering and test & acceptance.
Brian L. Fox – Chief Technical Officer
Mr. Fox holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iowa (1989) and Virginia Tech (1997), respectively. While at Virginia Tech, he performed early research on software defined radios. Brian is a veteran of the wireless industry and held senior technology and business roles at several companies including Intel, Xircom, Omnipoint Technologies, MicroUnity and Hewlett Packard. Brian’s early career was focused on radio systems engineering and product architecture including RFIC design, advanced wireless modem design, standards development, and advanced wireless location systems. Brian was formerly a Strategic Business Development Manager for Intel where he developed several equity investment deals with Intel Capital, as well as new business incubation, strategic alliances, technology licensing deals and acquisitions in the wireless space. Brian joined Augustus from SmartMountain Technologies Inc. which he founded in 2005 to commercialize software radio technologies and to provide technology and business consulting services to major wireless technology companies and government agencies. His areas of expertise include satellite communications waveform development, software radio development, public safety and transit radio system optimization, and RF geolocation algorithms. Brian has published several papers and holds four U.S. patents.