Dr. Rudolf Goldflam

Dr. Rudolf Goldflam is the Chief Technology Officer of Fifth Gait Technologies, Inc., a minority woman-owned small business specializing in system survivability, hardened systems, custom advanced sensor systems, operational environment and effects, modeling and simulation, test and evaluation, and program execution and mission assurance.

Fifth Gait Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California and has offices and test centers* in Torrance, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado*; Huntsville, Alabama*; Raleigh, North Carolina and Ecuador.  

Goldflam is a recognized subject matter expert and an astute leader in areas of survivability, space and missile defense, sensors and sensor systems and is responsible for the technological advancement of the company.

He is the principal developer of the NICSIM test capability used by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for evaluation of infra-red sensor technologies and a key contributor to the DTRA’s HAENS and SSNS standards. These standards are recognized as the starting point for definition of survivability requirements for MDA and space systems. Goldflam is instrumental in developing requirements and test plans for space electronics parts. 

Prior to his current role, Goldflam was the Division Leader at Mission Research Corporation, Santa Barbara, CA, establishing a preeminent group of scientists focusing on survivability and electro-optics. Following the sale of MRC to ATK in 2004 he became the Chief Scientist for Electro-optics and Space Systems with ATK Mission Research. He was responsible for securing ~ $70+M of business in this area.

Cofounder of the Longmire Laboratory test facility, Goldflam led the development of novel test approaches for testing electro-optic sensors and related components with a particular focus on space and missile defense applications. He authored several key DTRA publications that codified survivability test approaches based on lessons learned from testing sensors of national interest. Additionally, his work on modern discrimination approaches is incorporated in the algorithms on current MDA interceptors.

At ATK, he was the principal developer of the Space Threat Assessment Testbed (STAT) designed to evaluate effects of space and threat environments on US assets and worked extensively on various missile warning programs.

Goldflam authored a major study of environmental sensors required for transitioning of decommissioned DoD bases to civilian control. He is a recognized SME within the Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology (HEART) community and presented a number of invited and peer review papers and tutorials. Goldflam was awarded best paper at the 2003 HEART conference.

Goldflam holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical Physics from the University of Houston, a Master of Science in Experimental Nuclear Physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science – Rehovot, Israel, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Nuclear Engineering from Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia.

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