Agility, precision, endurance, quality—The Insitu team holds these attributes as our highest priorities in delivering complete satisfaction to our customers. Since we started from humble beginnings in a small Silicon Valley garage in 1994, Insitu has aimed to become the gold standard in the unmanned aircraft industry and succeeded in doing so thus far thanks to our talented base of employees and the vision of our leadership.
Now, more than ever, Team Insitu stands ready to extend the eyes of our customers and empower them with information to make superior decisions.
President and CEO
B.S. Technical Management, Embry-Riddle
Ryan M. Hartman is the president and chief executive officer of Insitu, a pioneer in the design, development and manufacturing of high-performance, low-cost unmanned aircraft systems used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in military and commercial applications.
Ryan was previously the senior vice president, Insitu programs, and before that, the senior vice president of business development, responsible for the company's sales, marketing and product development efforts. He came to Insitu from Raytheon, where he led the Unmanned Systems directorate of the Advanced Programs division.
Ryan is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He holds positions on the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee, which provides advice on policy-level issues dealing with the modernizing of the aviation system, as well as the Drone Advisory Committee to promote the safe and responsible integration of unmanned systems into the National Airspace System. He serves as the board chairman for the LuMind Foundation, an organization committed to advancing Down syndrome cognition research. He is also board chairman of The Next Door Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps children, families and communities in the Columbia River Gorge.
Chief Operating Officer
E.P.M. Course, Defense Acquisition University
Bill Clark is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Insitu. In this role Bill is responsible for Insitu’s product lines, including the transition of new products to production, while overseeing the day-to-day operations for the company. Bill joined the company in late 2008 as vice president of emerging programs, and was in charge of the design and development of Integrator unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). He successfully led the pursuit, capture and execution for the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) program of record.
Bill has more than 30 years of experience managing unmanned systems in the aerospace industry. He began his career at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, where he was involved in the design and development of multiple classified efforts. His design expertise and passion was in the configuration design of low observable vehicles. He was the chief designer for the Darkstar Program, for which he was recognized with the Lockheed Martin Gold Skunk Award for Achievement and Excellence. During his time with the company, he had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of programs (F-117A, YF-22, SR-71, U-2, Sea Shadow, X-33, VentureStar and other classified programs).
In 2002, Bill joined Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Systems sector as the program director of the Advanced Technology Development Center. There he managed a multibillion-dollar portfolio of advanced ISR systems. In 2006 he was promoted to vice president of special programs. He was recognized with the Northrop Grumman Chairman's Award for his key contributions in technology and program management.
Bill graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program Management course at the Defense Acquisition University. He has received three patents for his work in advanced systems design.
Chief Technology Officer
Ph.D., Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University
Dr. Peter Kunz is the Chief Technology Officer for Insitu. He oversees the coordination of Insitu’s Research and Development investments and Intellectual Property portfolio, coordinates Insitu’s Advanced Development and New Product Development teams, leads the company’s team of subject matter experts and chief engineers and is responsible for engineering functional management and engineering process improvement. Peter joined Insitu in 2006, working initially as the lead engineer for aero performance before transitioning to the role of chief engineer for the Integrator platform and eventually RQ-21A in early 2009, and then chief engineer for Insitu programs in 2013.
Peter has a broad background in aerospace engineering that spans the various aspects of analysis, design and testing of flight vehicles and aero-hydrodynamic surfaces. His areas of expertise include two-dimensional and three-dimensional aerodynamic design and analysis, aircraft stability and control, aircraft performance estimation and experimental methods for aerodynamics, fluid mechanics and flight vehicles.
Prior to joining Insitu, Peter was a senior engineer with Exponent Inc., and worked extensively in the area of design and development of small-scale unmanned air vehicles and related user interfaces, system integration, payload development and novel applications. This work evolved into generalized military technology development and consulting that leveraged commercial and government off-the-shelf technology and culminated in a 10-month field consulting role for the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force in Afghanistan. For portions of this effort, Peter was commended by the Department of the Army.
Peter’s graduate studies at Pennsylvania State University centered on the development of software for mission-based evaluation of aircraft performance, currently used for the design of state-of-the-art racing sailplane winglets flown by many world-class competitors. This work spanned two-dimensional and three-dimensional aerodynamic analysis, aircraft stability and control, and optimal design methodology. Peter’s doctoral studies at Stanford University centered on the design and testing of insect-scale rotorcraft and encompassed areas as diverse as airfoil design, optimal rotor design, viscous computational fluid dynamics, power systems integration, composite fabrication and experimental testing of rotors and propulsion systems at small physical scales.
Chief People Officer
B.S. MIS, San Diego State University
Gaylyn Sher-Jan is the Chief People Officer (CPO) for Insitu. In this role, Gaylyn is responsible for the company’s Enterprise Services division and for being the Executive Leadership Team’s advocate for employees. Gaylyn came to Insitu in late 2016 following a career spanning more than 20 years in Human Resources, Organization Development, and MIS.
Gaylyn’s experience spans small to large enterprises across a wide variety of industries, including high tech, manufacturing, financial services, utilities, retail, healthcare, scientific research and non-profit. Before starting her own consulting practice, Gaylyn served in the top human resources role for Hewlett-Packard in Vancouver, Washington. Prior to joining Insitu, Gaylyn was Chief People Officer at ZOOM+ and has previously obtained international experience through working in Holland and Spain and as an expatriate in Ireland. She has deep experience coaching executives and has garnered experience in leadership assessment, team development, strategic recruitment, organizational design, and accelerating cultural change initiatives within organizations.
Gaylyn holds a B.S. in MIS from San Diego State University. She has served as an Executive Council Board Member with TechAmerica, the Board of Directors for Share, and the Board of Directors for Boys and Girls Aid.
Chief Financial Officer
M.S. Finance, Portland State University
Nikki Siddiqui serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Insitu and is part of the company’s executive leadership team. As CFO, Nikki is responsible for Insitu’s financial strategy and operations, which includes accounting, global trade compliance, business operations, contracts, pricing and estimating, rate management, financial planning and analysis, program planning and controls and financial corporate compliance.
Nikki came to Insitu in 2008 after spending more than 15 years in the high-tech manufacturing and service industries in a variety of finance roles that included extensive experience in financial management and analysis. Prior to joining Insitu, Nikki served as the director of finance for a multi-billion-dollar education company.
Nikki holds a master’s degree in finance and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Portland State University.
Vice President and General Manager, Insitu Commercial
MBA Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine
Jon Damush is Vice President and General Manager of Insitu’s Commercial Division. In this role, Jon charters the course for the establishment and growth of Insitu Commercial’s product lines, business plans, and earnings. He is also focused on pioneering and finding ways to deliver exceptional value to Insitu’s customers at the pace of a commercial business. Jon was previously the president and CEO of 2d3 Sensing, and led the strategy and growth of the business from its inception in 2007 until it was acquired by Insitu in 2015.
Prior to 2d3 Sensing, Jon held key positions in start-up technology and early growth technology companies, bridging the gap between customers and technical staff. He was the VP and general manager for the Entertainment Division of Vicon Motion Systems, Inc., growing the business unit from $3M to more than $12M in revenue over a period of three years, which included landmark deals with Sony Imageworks and other entertainment industry stalwarts. His background also includes time as a client director for a boutique software development house, landing clients including Mattel, Sony, Capitol Records, EMI, and eHarmony, as well as being credited on three consumer flight simulation titles for software development in artificial intelligence systems and aerodynamic modeling.
Jon is a two-time graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering and an MBA from the Merage School of Business. He is also an active flight instructor.
Managing Director, Insitu Pacific
Graduate of the Royal Military College
Andrew Duggan has been the Managing Director of Insitu Pacific since the company’s inception in 2009. In this role, he has led the company through a significant growth period, capturing major Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) contracts with defence forces in Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and the UAE. More recently he has led Insitu Pacific’s growing role in the Commercial uses of UAS and other autonomous systems securing contracts with the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and Queensland Gas Corporation (QGC).
Andrew came to Insitu Pacific from Boeing Defence Australia, where he was the Senior Manager of Unmanned Systems Operations and oversaw the company’s unmanned-systems-focused business. He joined Boeing Australia in 2000 as an operations analyst in the System Analysis Laboratory, before moving into a Business Development Manager role and working on JP-129 (tactical UAS) and AATTS (rotary wing training). Following this he formed the new advanced unmanned systems group in 2005, where he led the development of the initial ScanEagle contract for the Australian Army.
After the initial contract for ScanEagle was signed in October 2006, Andrew was appointed senior manager of unmanned systems operations in 2007 and managed BDA’s autonomous systems focused business. Through his various roles with Boeing and Insitu Pacific, Andrew has more than.10 year’s leadership experience in the development and application of autonomous systems technologies.
Andrew graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor's degree in Economics, and then from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, as an Australian Army officer. He spent six years serving in the Australian Army in Intelligence Corps, with a significant portion of this time spent serving in Electronic Warfare roles.
Vice President and General Manager, Insitu Defense
M.S. National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
Donald Williamson is Vice President and General Manager of Insitu Defense. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of domestic and international defense and government-related lines of business. Don’s team of program managers, systems engineers, logisticians and UAS training and operations experts are responsible for program execution on behalf of Insitu’s global customers. Don previously served as the vice president of the ScanEagle product line.
Before joining the company in 2013, Don was the vice president, Maritime Surveillance Solutions, Radar Systems Division, Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation. Don served 26 years as a Naval Aviator and retired from active duty at the rank of captain. He has flown more than 3,500 hours in SH60B and MH60R aircraft. His final active duty assignment was Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet at NAS North Island in San Diego, California.
Additional leadership assignments during his naval service include Executive Officer on USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) and Commanding Officer of HSL-37. Other fleet assignments include HSL-45, HSL-43, and HSL-51, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Flag Aide and Executive Assistant on OPNAV staff for N882, N88 and N8F.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Don also holds a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His professional qualifications include Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications. Don has been a member of the Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) for more than 25 years and is a past NHA National President. He currently serves as the organization’s National Vice President for Corporate Membership and is an NHA Trustee.
Interim Vice President of Business Development
M.A. Organizational Sciences, The George Washington University
Mark Bauman is the interim vice president of Business Development for Insitu. In this role, Mark is responsible for leading the company’s global sales campaigns, customer relations, communications, marketing and government relations. Mark joined Insitu in 2014 as the Program Manager for the RQ-21A Blackjack Program and led the Integrator and RQ-21A Blackjack product line. Outside of his current role, Mark also serves as associate vice president for Insitu Defense.
Prior to joining Insitu, Mark spent seven years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP within their Advisory Line of Service. Most recently, he was the Program Director for the firm’s Advisory Alliances and Channels strategy and operations. During his prior time within the Washington Federal Practice, Mark led a variety of large-scale programs for the firm within multiple federal agencies. Mark began his career in the U.S. Air Force, where he oversaw a number of domestic and international programs as an acquisition officer. During his eight years in the Air Force on active duty and subsequent time in the Air Force Reserve, Mark achieved the rank of Major and was selected among the top one percent of Captains across the Air Force to complete a program designed to develop officers into strategic leaders. As an acquisition officer, he focused his efforts on meeting warfighter needs and managed and implemented foreign military sales cases valued at more than $3.6 billion. He also directed a number of high-priority programs within the air, space, and command and control domains.
Mark received his B.S. in Management from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his M.A. in Organizational Sciences from The George Washington University. He is a certified Scrum Master through the Agile Scrum Alliance and DAWIA-Certified Level III in Program Management via the Defense Acquisition University. Mark also supports the U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates as a lifetime member and is a member of the Board of Directors for WarriorOne, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing accessible training and professional development in yoga and mindfulness to the United States military community.