Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick serves as the Company’s Chairman of the Board and CEO. He originally became Chief Executive Officer when he founded IS&S in February 1988. Prior to 1987, Mr. Hedrick served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Smiths Industries North American Aerospace Companies. He also founded Harowe Systems, Inc. in 1971, which was subsequently acquired by Smiths Industries. Mr. Hedrick has more than 35 years of experience in the avionics industry, and he holds a number of patents in the electronics, optoelectric, electromagnetic, aerospace and contamination-control fields.
Shahram Askarpour joined the company in 2003 and was the Vice President of Engineering until March 2012. Dr. Askarpour has more than 30 years of aerospace industry experience in increasingly responsible managerial and technical positions. Prior to joining IS&S, he has been employed by Smiths Aerospace (a division of Smiths Group PLC), Instrumentation Technology and Marconi Avionics. He holds a number of key patents in the aviation field. Dr. Askarpour received his engineering education in the United Kingdom. He was awarded an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Middlesex University, a post graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Systems Engineering and a PhD in Automatic Control from Brunel University. He was awarded the title of Associate Research Fellow for three consecutive years by Brunel University and has published numerous papers in leading international, peer reviewed journals. In addition, he has completed management courses at Carnegie Mellon University and finance courses at the Wharton Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Winand has served in a number of executive financial capacities with public companies including Chief Financial Officer of ECC International, Corp, a manufacturer of computer controlled maintenance simulators primarily for the Department of Defense, and Vice President Finance and Administration of Traffic.com, Inc. a leading provider of accurate, real-time traffic information in the United States. Prior to joining Innovative Solutions and Support, Inc., from 2008 to 2013, Mr. Winand was Chief Financial Officer of Orbit/FR, Inc., an international developer and manufacturer of sophisticated microwave test and measurement systems for aerospace/defense, wireless, satellite and automotive industries. From January 2014 until August 2014, Mr. Winand served as a consultant for Solomon Edwards Group LLC. He has over 30 years’ experience in financial management and reporting for both public domestic and international manufacturing companies. Mr. Winand received a B.S. in Accounting from Drexel University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Widener University.
Vice President of Quality
Brian Urbanski has over 16 years of Quality Control experience in the Avionics industry. As a certified Master Black Belt, Brian manages all Six Sigma projects, and is functionally responsible for IS&S software test engineers (V&V), process engineers, quality engineers and production inspectors. Prior to joining IS&S in 1999 as Vice President of Quality, Brian was site Master Black Belt for Raytheon Corporation, and as Technical lead, was functionally responsible for all process engineers and test engineers (11) in the final assembly and test area. As Project Engineer and Technical Excellence Black Belt for Allied Signal, he successfully utilized the Six Sigma toolset to reduce cycle times, reduce variation, and increase yields on numerous programs resulting in estimated savings in excess of $1M/year
Vice President, Product Development
Markus Knopf joined the company in 2000 as a member of the IS&S Engineering department in various capacities. Prior to joining IS&S he worked as a Design Engineer on ultrasonic fastener equipment covering the automotive and aerospace markets. Mr. Knopf holds a BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm-Germany and an MS in Information Science from the Pennsylvania State University.