RyanRyan Frederic

Ryan Frederic is the CEO/President and co-founder of Applied Defense Solutions (ADS), a highly-specialized Technical Services and Solutions company that applies operational experience and development knowledge, providing unique subject matter expertise and building highly effective mission critical systems for its’ customers.  Headquartered in Columbia Maryland, with offices in Virginia and Colorado, ADS addresses the space systems, national security space, geospatial information systems, and modeling & simulation markets for the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, Civil Space, and the Commercial Space Industry.  Before co-founding ADS in 2004, Mr. Frederic worked for Analytical Graphic, Inc. (AGI), contributing in various technical and business development roles servicing the Aerospace community.

Mr. Frederic was elected to the NDIA Washington Chapter Board of Directors in January 2011 and is on the Board of Directors for the Space Executive Council of the US Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Howard County Cyber Commission and is an Associate Fellow with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.




hankHank Grabowski
Chief Technology Officer

Hank Grabowski is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Applied Defense Solutions, Inc. Hank has extensive experience in consulting with and providing services to government agencies and contractors in the aerospace, defense, and intelligence communities. Since founding ADS in 2004, he has been directly responsible for the design, development, and implementation of systems for projects in the Space Systems, Network Modeling & Simulation, and C2 Systems arenas. He has lead ADS’s development initiatives for customers, internal research work, and open source community projects.  He is also an active community member and contributor to multiple open source projects including Apache Math, GMAT, Orekit, Cesium, and OpenGIS.

Hank earned his BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He received the Aerospace Professional of the Year Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2001.




bobRobert MacMillian
Chief Operating Officer

Robert MacMillan is Chief Operating Officer at Applied Defense Solutions.  He has more than 20 years of experience providing innovative solutions and services to the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community’s most difficult National Security challenges.  Prior to joining ADS, Robert served in a variety of Executive-level positions at SAIC.  Most recently, he served as Vice President of Operations, Deputy Operations Manager in the Intelligence Systems Business Unit with profit and loss responsibility for a $130M business enterprise providing products and services to the DoD and IC including the NRO, DIA, National Security Space, and other service elements and associated organizations.  Bob also served as Vice President, Director of the Innovative Technology Office (ITO), Space and Geospatial Intelligence Business Unit, providing visionary leadership in the creation and operation of the ITO, chartered to focus technical collaboration across a 2,200 person organization generating greater than $500M in annual revenue.  Robert is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy earning a Bachelor’s degree in Physics.  He was selected as the sole recipient of the Department of Physics Faculty Preparation Scholarship and subsequently earned a Master’s degree in Physics from The Ohio State University.  In addition to his formal graduate-level education in physics, Robert has real-world knowledge and experience in software engineering, a proven track-record in project management, and strong leadership credentials spanning his career.  He is a certified Project Management Professional with experience both as a United States Air Force officer, a Government contractor, and an experienced corporate executive.  He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Project Management Institute.



elaineElaine Brown
Chief Financial Officer

Elaine Brown is Chief Financial Officer and corporate Secretary/Treasurer at Applied Defense Solutions (ADS) in Columbia, MD with more than 25 years of public company and government contracting experience. In addition to finance and accounting, she manages contracts and human resources. Before joining ADS, Elaine was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Integral Systems, Inc., which before being acquired, was a publicly traded supplier of satellite ground systems. She managed the Company’s financial statements, budgets, and SEC filings and participated in the due diligence process for acquisitions and divestitures. She was instrumental in supplementing working capital through the private placement of common stock. Elaine served as the corporate Secretary/Treasurer and Ethics Officer. Elaine is a Certified Public Accountant for the State of Maryland, received a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland University College, and is a graduate of Leadership Howard County Premier (’12). She is a member of the Board of Directors of Howard County Maryland Economic Development Authority and a member of the United Way of Central Maryland’s Howard County Community Partnership Board.



tomTom Kubancik
Vice President of Advanced Programs

Tom has been in advanced technology his entire career with over 30 years in microelectronics, high performance computing, wireless technologies, and space and ground systems. Tom has enjoyed great success with pioneering companies which helped shape today’s high technology landscape. His award winning work established Silicon Graphics Incorporated in government systems, Netscape Communications in telecommunication markets, CellPort Systems in defining the connected automobile, DigitalGlobe imagery in international distribution and Harris Corporation in online satellite imagery production. He has a wealth of experience with leadership positions in business development, operations and sales. He is a graduate of Bowling Green University, Tom and his family live in Boulder Colorado.

The ADS Advanced Programs team is a highly talented group of technical experts working alongside business development, proposal, and capture professionals. The focus is to vision, create, and develop opportunities for ADS to apply its innovations and expertise to the most challenging aerospace and systems development tasks. They harness a company-wide passion for problem solving leveraging a world class research portfolio, exquisite analytical capabilities, and deep operational experience; serving the most interesting mission portfolio in the industry. The team loves their role in connecting so many gifted and talented people and making such a big difference for ADS’ customers.