Chief Executive Officer and V.P. of Research and Development
In his role as CEO of Infrared Industries, Mark Russell directs overall corporate operations and the company’s research and development efforts. Mark came to Infrared Industries in 1997 with considerable expertise in aerospace, automotive technologies, and business.
In his early years, he worked at NASA/Ames Research, where he was involved in the development of the space shuttle, flight simulation of the Concord, and the development of vectored thrust used for STOL aircraft. Later, he moved into the business world, where he piloted his companies into revenues of millions of dollars.
With his expertise in engineering and business and his team spirit gained from a lifetime involvement in motorsport racing, Mark is uniquely qualified to be at the helm of Infrared Industries. Mark holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Martha E. Rykala
V.P. of Software Development and Chief Financial Officer
Martha Rykala is a gifted computer programmer. Upon graduation, Martha was recruited by Control Data Corporation as a Software Developer for the then new super computers coming out of development. Seeing the future of PCs, Martha accepted a position to manage software development at Acer/Counterpoint Computers. During the explosive growth era of PCs, Martha took ever expanding positions at Zilog, Telestream, and Sun Microsystems. Martha was a key player through the growth years at Sun Microsystems, where for 14 years she was involved in leading teams of as many as 150 programmers to complete products–including one of their operating system releases–on tight schedules with even tighter resources.
She holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington, which made her the only choice to head software development at Infrared Industries.
Martha also has exceptional organizational abilities and many years of working with federal and state tax law, which made her a natural choice for CFO of Infrared Industries.
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