As Director of Quality Assurance for FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. in Irvine, CA, Thomas oversees all Quality, Training and Safety operations for the Corporation that manufactures and markets force, load, torque and pressure sensors as well as instrumentation domestically and in 49 countries around the world. In his 15 years as the head of Quality for FUTEK he has led the Quality team on every major technological sensor program including sensors for the NASA Mars Rover Curiosity program which continues to provide extraordinary scientific discoveries from the surface of Mars. He is also responsible for overseeing all the ISO and industry accreditations and certifications earned by FUTEK including ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 17025, ISO 10012, ISO 27001 and Z540-1 as well as compliance to AS9100. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and Certified Quality Auditor (CQA).
Prior to joining FUTEK, Thomas was the Manager of Reliability and Test Systems for Ultraviolet Devices, Inc. in Valencia, CA, where he directed reliability engineering and reliability growth testing programs for ultraviolet disinfection and sterilization equipment. He holds a US Patent for HVAC sterilization equipment. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Program Manager of GPS Programs at Magnavox Advance Systems in Torrance, CA where the first production GPS receivers for military and civilian use were built. His professional career began at Hughes Aircraft Company after receiving his Masters’ Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal State University, Northridge. At Hughes he participated in electronic and digital design of radar and missile systems including various black programs. Hughes also sponsored his post-Graduate work at USC. Prior to joining Hughes, he taught Electrical Engineering as an instructor at his university. Thomas is also an FAA licensed Commercial Pilot and a former LAPD Police Officer.