In addition to the senior management team, AeroSat's engineering and development team has a diverse background in aviation, satellite communications and antenna theory. Their experience includes all phases of aircraft subsystem development, including system design, prototype development, flight safety testing, and military and commercial system certification.
Matthew M. Harrah, President
Mr. Harrah joined Astronics AeroSat in October, 2015 as the Vice President of Product Support, and assumed leadership of AeroSat starting June 2016. He brings over 16 years of experience at Garmin International, where he held roles leading the rapid growth of consumer and aviation support teams as well as leading the restart of Garmin’s automotive OEM and wireless applications sales team. Immediately prior to joining Astronics AeroSat he was the Director of Avionics Support where his team was the #1 customer ranked product support and training organization for avionics, as rated in multiple industry surveys over 13 consecutive years. Mr. Harrah is a veteran of United States Marine Corps, is an active pilot with a FAA Air Transport Pilot license, and is rated in multi- and single-engine aircraft. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri Kansas City.
Frank Blanda, Chief Technology Officer
While at the Sanders division of Lockheed Martin, Mr. Blanda was a senior systems engineer for communications programs. His experience includes managing a team from Motorola, Telcordia Technologies, L-3 Communications, Northrop Grumman's Xetron Corporation, ViaSat Inc., Scientific Research Corporation, Lockheed Martin, and Sanders. The team, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, designed airborne wireless networks that provide personal communication and Internet-like services to mobile subscribers. Earlier, Mr. Blanda was chief architect on a team, headed by Motorola that developed the software definable radio architecture that served as the foundation for the U.S. government's Software Definable Radio initiative. Mr. Blanda has over 25 years of experience in designing, installing and testing airborne communication and intercept equipment for many military systems. Frank Blanda earned his BS in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and completed engineering graduate studies at MIT.
Edward Popek, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing
Mr. Popek brings significant experience in aviation Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. Prior to joining Astronics, Edward was a Director of Sales and Marketing and Director of New Products Development at Kollsman Inc., a subsidiary of Elbit Systems of America. Edward brings to AeroSat an exceptional background in new product introductions and market development through his experience in sales, marketing, program, product management, and business development. Edward Popek earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Portland in Oregon and his MBA from Arizona State University in Phoenix Arizona.