Michael Tostanoski

Mike Tostanoski is the Chief Science 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.   

Tostanoski is a recognized subject matter for the testing of electronic components in space and nuclear weapons radiation environments, parametric and radiation testing of infrared and visible focal plane arrays, design and construction of test apparatus for radiation testing, operation, repair and maintenance of particle accelerators, simulation of space and nuclear weapons radiation effects in electronics (neutrons, electrons, protons, gamma-rays, X-rays, heavy ions, etc.), and radiation hardening of electronics and electro-optical components. He is responsible for leading scientific operations at Fifth Gait Technologies, Inc. and developing test and evaluation methodologies.

Prior to his current role, Tostanoski was the test group leader for Aeroflex RAD and senior engineer at GH Systems, Inc. He also served in the roles of director, program manager and lead engineer at Mission Research Corporation / ATK Longmire Laboratory. He is the contributing Author of the DTRA “Sensor Design and Test Protocol,” the national standard for qualification of sensor systems for use in radiation and highly cluttered background environments. Additionally, Tostanoski has significant successes in the design, test and qualification of radiation hardened infra-red single color and two color focal plane arrays. He led the reconstruction of the A-1254 Neutron Generator Facility and the PulseRad 112A Flash x-ray machine Facility at Longmire Laboratory.

Tostanoski was also system integrator for the NODDS 128 IR Scene Projection System built by MRC for MIT Lincoln Labs, design engineer for the RF transparent test dewar for testing IR FPAs at the micro-wave lab at the Kirtland Air Force Research Lab, system analyst for radiation effects on optical sensor systems and software design engineer for signal processing algorithms for gamma suppression, target detection, background suppression, and target discrimination used in the Sensor Simulation environment (SENSIM).

He has contributed to the Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology (HEART) Conference as the General Chair (2010), Technical Chair (2008), Short Course Chair (2014), Treasurer (2015-2017),  Awards Chair (2003), Steering Committee Member-at-Large (2001-2003), and Steering Committee IT Coordinator (2004-present). For multiple years, Tostanoski earned the Honorarium of the Year at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Tostanoski holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He is a member of IEEE and the Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology (HEART) Steering Committee.

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