Daniel L. Alspach

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Dr. Daniel Alspach "recently retired as Founder, President and CEO of Orincon Corporation (1973 to July 2003), when it was acquired by Lockheed-Martin. In recent years Dr. Alspach developed the concepts for the creation of CCAT (Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technologies--see http://www.ccatsandiego.org/index.shtml ) and was instrumental in obtaining federal funding to launch this program and its sister program in San Bernardino, CA, the OTTC (Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization--see http://ottc.csusb.edu/ )...

"Alspach moved to San Diego in 1966 to work at General Atomics and pursue a Ph.D. at UC San Diego. Studying under Professor Harold Sorenson, Alspach developed theories of nonlinear estimation of stochastic control. "Humans gather signals from sensors--ears, eyes, and nose-- process these signals, draw conclusions, create a world view, and act on that model to satisfy needs and gather more information about what the world is really like. And we do it all in an environment that is constantly changing," said Alspach. "As engineers, we use algorithms built in software and run in multiprocessor computers to do these same kinds of functions in real time. Our research at UC San Diego was some of the first to use nonlinear estimation to adapt control systems in changing and complex environments." Orincon had an unusually high percentage of technical staff with Ph.D. and MS degrees. Dr. Alspach guided this team of highly talented technologists to achieve remarkable results in the intelligence community and with considerable pride in the financial accomplishments of Orincon. He is a board member of Metal Storm, an Australian defense company. He is a board member of the Small Business Technology Coalition (SBTC), the primary trade organization supporting the SBIR program." [1]

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  1. Daniel L. Alspach, Homeland Venture Partners, accessed January 29, 2008.