Dr. Tom Velez, CEO
Tom is the Chairman and CEO of CTA.
From its inception in 1979, Tom has led the development of a corporate culture that has resulted in the receipt of over 1,000 commendation letters from satisfied clients from both government and commercial sectors and a proven ability to attract and retain top-notch engineering talent. Throughout its history, CTA has repeatedly demonstrated the capability to successfully engineer and/or develop highly complex hardware/software systems meeting exacting performance standards.
Tom’s background includes more than 30 years of experience in the design and development of real-time aerospace and command and control systems in support of mission critical national operations. He has published more than 25 technical articles and has received various honors from numerous government agencies and the academic community. Before founding CTA, Tom worked for Martin Marietta Aerospace where he was responsible for the development of an advanced technology software organization engaged in comprehensive R&D activities in advanced computer networks, information security, embedded applications, and data management systems in support of aerospace, defense and intelligence systems.
Before joining Martin, Tom was a NASA graduate fellow and manager of Goddard Space Flight Centers Flight Dynamics laboratory involved in real-time satellite control systems. He also founded the renowned NASA Software Engineering Laboratory, in cooperation with the University of Maryland and Computer Sciences Corporation, still in operation today.
His academic background includes a B.S. in Mathematics from Iona College; M.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Adelphi University; Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Georgetown University and J.D., Magna Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore.