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Paul Zarda

Dr. Paul Zarda Is Serving As the Manager of Engineering Methods Group at Lockheed Martin

Dr. Paul Zarda is an Orlando based professional having many years of experience under his belt. In the year 1980, he joined Lockheed Martin where his responsibilities fall into several categories, including Manager of the Engineering Methods Group, Program Manager of several contracts with WPAFB, and Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff assigned to Research & Technology. He is also an expert in finite element techniques applied to stress & dynamic analysis within the organization.

Dr. Paul Zarda’s hard work has led to the development of various tools that increase an engineer’s productivity. He is also responsible for the development of FEM/SINDA, which is an industry standard thermal analysis code that has significantly changed the way thermal analysis is performed, offering increased productivity gains to the engineering community. He also reviewed engineering processes at Lockheed’s Missile and Fire Control Facility in the area of preliminary & conceptual design of missile and fire-control systems. This step led to a developed architecture and methodology in order to capture that knowledge. The Engineering Methods Group now offers Interactive Missile Design (IMD) & Interactive Gimbal Design (IGD) systems for conceptual missile & fire control designs. This effort has made a huge impact in integrating complex multi-disciplinary design process which has led to over $5 million of documented savings. Interactive Missile Design has been singled out by Lockheed’s Air Force customer as a key discriminator in recent proposal wins.

Dr. Paul Zarda of Sanford has both theoretical & practical knowledge in the areas of MCAE (Mechanical Computer Aided Engineering) & KBE (Knowledge Based Engineering). He also chaired a Mechanical Design bench-marking team at both local & corporate level. He also served as a Program Manager on DARPA’s MADE & RaDEO program in Knowledge Based Engineering. Paul Zarda was also chosen as the Chairman of the Guidance team from 80 engineers spanning 25 contractors, and this team received recognition from the Director of DARPA for their contribution in KBE methodology.

When he is not busy with his professional commitments, he likes to spend quality time with his family. Apart from that, his hobbies include playing tennis, wood working in his home shop, and design & analysis of tennis racquets.