Senior Management

Kenneth J. Thurber

President and Founder

Dr. Thurber is a recognized computer architecture/advanced software expert with 35 years of hardware and software experience, including 25 years of LAN R&D experience.  He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University in 1969.   

Dr. Thurber has extensive system architecture experience.  He was the Principal Architect of several mainframe systems developed in the Sperry Defense Systems Division including the Navy's fleet-wide standard computer.     

Dr. Thurber has authored over 60 papers and 14 books in the areas of computer architecture and local area networks.  He developed the first IEEE Computer Society tutorial book on Local Computer Networks.  He has twice served as the chairman of the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Computer communications.  He has also served on the IEEE Computer Society Governing Board and as Chairman of the 6th, 7th, and 8th Data Communications Symposia.  In 1996, the IEEE Computer Society named Dr. Thurber to their "Golden Core"—individuals making the most significant contributions to computing in the first 50 years.  



Gene Proctor

Vice President, Business Development

Since 1996, Gene Proctor has been the Vice President of Business Development responsible for working with numerous government agencies to identify and capture new opportunities for R&D, consulting/engineering services and government contracts for new product development. With his guidance, ATCorp is now recognized as an industry leader in software product developments for leading edge networking systems.     

Growing up in Washington DC, Gene's marketing career began in the Washington Office of Lear Siegler where he worked on anti-submarine warfare and navigation systems for Navy helicopters.  Leaving Washington to join Sperry Univac, Gene spent three years in St. Paul, MN marketing  computer systems to the Navy's P-3 and S-3 aircraft programs.  He transferred to the Sperry District Office supporting the US Army in  Ft. Monmouth NJ. After joining TRW, Gene became the Senior Marketing Manager for R&D and, in 1990, transferred to Washington to assume business development responsibility for TRW's contracts with DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). 



Ranga Ramanujan

Chief Technology Officer

As the Chief Technology Officer of Architecture Technology Corporation (ATCorp), Dr. Ranga Ramanujan spearheads the company's technology development initiatives focused on building innovative software products for applications ranging from cyber security to networked robotics.  Under his direction the research and development group at ATCorp carries on its ground-breaking work that have resulted in novel and cost-effective products addressing critical needs of military and civilian customers.     

Dr. Ramanujan joined ATCorp in 1989 as a senior member of the technical staff and has pursued research in computer network defense, network architecture, and survivable computing systems. He has over 25 years of experience in leading and contributing to technology development efforts ranging from concept development to full-scale system implementation, having served as the Principal Investigator of several research projects sponsored by agencies such as DARPA, the US Army, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, NSF, and NASA.    

Prior to joining ATCorp, Dr. Ramanujan was employed at the Honeywell Systems and Research Center where he conducted research in embedded computing systems and fault-tolerant computing.   

Dr. Ramanujan has published over 30 papers in the areas of computer networks and distributed computing and has been awarded two patents on denial-of-service (DoS) protection techniques.   He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from Annamalai University (B.S), Clarkson University (M.S.), and the University of Iowa (Ph.D.).   




Noel Schmidt

Vice President of Special Projects

Noel Schmidt has over 30 years of Systems Engineering and Software Development experience working with real-time, performance-sensitive, distributed systems. Since 1983, he has supported the FAA in systems architecture and engineering assignments related to acquiring air traffic control systems including the Display Systems Replacement and the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System.    

Since 1992, he has led software development supporting FAA R&D efforts in runway safety systems for the Runway Status Lights Project at Boston Logan, the Runway Incursion Reduction Project at Dallas/Fort Worth, and the Loop Technology, Surface Technology Assessment, and Final Approach Runway Occupancy Signal Projects at Long Beach and coming soon to DFW.    

Mr. Schmidt holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Masters in Computer Science from George Washington University, Washington, DC.  He is an active private pilot and aircraft owner.    




William Colligan

Vice President, Systems Engineering 

Mr. Colligan manages Architecture Technology Corporation’s systems engineering solutions business.  Bill has over 30 years of technical and managerial experience in systems analysis, engineering, and integration of air traffic management and defense programs. He has managed teams of engineers, scientists, and IT professionals performing systems analysis, systems engineering, software development and IT services for airlines, airports, ANSPs, and Government Agencies for over 20 years.  He has focused on corporate growth strategies and execution for over ten years.

Bill started his career with Martin Marietta working on Titan expendable launch vehicles and was part of the start-up team for MMC’s system engineering and integration contract with the FAA.  He worked for four years on simulation and analysis tools for defense programs in SAIC’s Advanced Simulation Technology Center.  He later worked for 13 years with CSSI Inc., a systems engineering services provider to the U.S. Government, the last six years as COO and President.  Under Bill’s leadership CSSI achieved a 20% year-over-year annual growth rate.  He joined Era Systems where he managed the Airport Solutions Group and North American operations.  Through the sale of Era’s Airport Solutions Group to SRA International and subsequently to ITT, Bill managed the Commercial Aviation Solutions Group.  Prior to joining Architecture Technology Corporation, Bill led Air Traffic Management Strategy and Business Development for the Americas for SAAB.

Bill has a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson College, and is a certified PMP.