Chris Stimek currently serves as R&D Manager for WilliamsRDM Inc., a woman-owned small business located in Fort Worth, Texas. Founded in 1963, WilliamsRDM focuses on research, development and manufacturing for the defense, energy, and residential fire suppression markets. WilliamsRDM has a broad portfolio of defense-related products ranging from cables and connectors to in-house developed flight line ground support equipment for the F-16, A-10, F-22, F-15 and F-35 platforms. WilliamsRDM is also an industry leader in kitchen fire-suppression technologies with their StoveTop FireStop product line.
Chris is a proven technical leader with over 15 years of experience in product development. Chris has been with WilliamsRDM for over 10 years and has taken numerous projects from blank-sheet concept to final product. He has led numerous Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I, Phase II and Phase III projects for the Army, Navy, Air Force, SOCOM and Missile Defense Agency (MDA), including development of the Tibbetts Award-winning IECS Tactically Deployable Micro Power Grid for the Army. He also led research and development activities for various aspects of WilliamsRDM’s F-16 Stores Management System (SMS) Manufacturing Test Equipment (MTE) and F-22 SWAT flight line testers.
Chris’ primary areas of research include ultra-low-power electrical hardware, covert solar power systems, efficient software algorithms, and low-power wireless communication hardware and protocols for intrusion detection and fire suppression applications. Through his work at WilliamsRDM, he has been awarded 7 patents in areas ranging from fire detection and suppression, to heuristic based generator fault detection, to unexploded ordnance location. Prior to joining WilliamsRDM, Chris worked for Lockheed-Martin Aeronautics Company for 5 years, where he held a number of positions in various development and test groups for the F-16 Block 60 and F-35 programs. Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.