Leadership

Great Necessities call for Great Leaders.

Richard Wass, CEO

Mr. Wass is a driven hands on senior Leader with over 50 years of engineering, consulting and business experience. Richard possesses strong leadership skills and the ability to motivate and empower cross functional teams in engineering, design, quality and operations minimizing waste and reducing costs while maximizing quality and output. Proven ability to apply analytical and business processes to effectively create and drive business performance. Highly successful professional with proven start-up, turnaround and change management expertise in operations, manufacturing, sales, procurement, distribution and engineering. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and has patented a Thermal Heat Exchanger. Richard is a Vietnam era service disabled veteran serving as a B-52 Crew Chief from 1961 to 1965 at which time he was honorably discharged from the United Stated Air Force.

Ron Bettini, COO

Mr. Bettini is the Chief Executive Officer at the Hawk Institute for Space Sciences. He has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace industry holding senior level engineering positions with United Technologies, Perkin Elmer and Swales Aerospace. Mr. Bettini has several patents and publications to his credit. He holds an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering.

Dennis McCarthy, CTO

Mr. McCarthy has over 45 years of experience working in the federal government, academia, and industry. Prior to joining HISS, Mr. McCarthy was the Swales Aerospace Vice President, Director of Engineering, responsible for all engineering discipline support to NASA, universities, and industry. He also served as Program Director for the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer program at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he served as Deputy Administrator at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, with responsibility for a variety of programs, including Cosmic Background Explorer, Hubble Space Telescope, and FUSE.