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Michael A. Gallo

B.S. 1966

Career Summary

Mr. Gallo is a member of the first CSUN Engineering graduation class in 1966. He recently retired after a successful career as a System Technical director and Project/Program Manager, during which he led all technical and business aspects for the development of advanced guidance, target acquisition, and surveillance sensor/systems. These sensor/systems were the first implementations of their type at the time and demonstrated the ability to transform advanced technology from notional sensor/systems into practical product applications.


Professional Work Experience

Alliant Techsystems, Program Manager
- LOCUSP – Led program/technical development of first infrared camera to use uncooled microbolometer FPA detector technology (Low Cost Uncooled Sensor Prototype).
- Remote Sentry – Led program development and demonstration of first autonomous battlefield surveillance system to integrate acoustic sensor technology for cueing of Electro-optic sensors.
- IMF/IUGS – Led program development and demonstration of first practical application of acoustic arrays for long range air/ground target detection, classification and location under noisy battlefield conditions. Demonstrated first application of acoustic arrays for application on combat vehicles
- APLA - Led successful proposal activity to win U.S Army Anti-Personnel Mine Alternatives EMD Program using smart battlefield sensors and communications. - SAASM - Led successful proposal activity to win first application programs for secure SAASM GPS for use on GMLRS missile guidance system and CSEL combat survivor system programs.


Honeywell Military Avionics/Defense Systems, Technical Director/Chief Engineer/ Program Manager
- Standard Navigator – Led development or world’s first military aircraft inertial navigation system to use Ring Laser Gyro (RLG) technology.
- Design Process – Chief Engineer selected to lead organization, planning, and implementation of Honeywell Military Avionics’ first automated integrated computer aided design process system.
- GG1308 – Led Program/IPT development of first production miniature ring laser gyro and pilot production facility for use in low cost tactical missile guidance packages.


Litton Guidance & Control Systems, Systems Engineer/Project Engineer/Systems & Software Manager
- A-6A /DIANE (ASQ-61) – Provided system technical support to U.S. Navy squadron for first operational deployment aboard an aircraft carrier of A-6A aircraft to use Digitally Integrated Attack and Navigation Equipment for day/night, all weather attack capability.
- CAINS I/IA (ASN-92/130) – Led Project engineering development of first fully automatic carrier align aircraft inertial navigation system used on A-6E, E-2C, S-3A, F-14, and F-18 aircraft.
- Standard Navigator – Led Project engineering and systems/software design for development of the first U.S. Air force Standard INS used for the F-16, A-10, and C-130 aircraft.



BSE, California State University, Northridge, California
MBA/MS Graduate course credit for Management and Operations Research at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, and California State University, Northridge, CA
Honeywell Advanced Program for Middle Managers



Gallo, M.A., “Development of an Air Force RLG Strapdown Navigator”, IEEE Position, Location, and Navigation Symposium (PLANS).

Gallo, M.A., et. al., “Low Cost Uncooled IR Sensor for Battlefield Surveillance”, ADPA Joint Government-Industry Symposium on Security Technology, and SPIE International Infrared Symposium,.

Gallo,M.A., J.A. Brooks, “Remote Sentry Advanced Technology Demonstration”, SPIE AeroSense 96, April 1996; AUVSI ’96

Braunling, R.D., Gallo, M.A., “ Acoustic Target Detection, Tracking, Classification, and location in Multiple Target Environment”, SPIE AeroSense 97.

Braunling, R.D., Gallo, M.A., “ Acoustic Sensor Performance for Vehicle Mounted Arrays”, SPIE AeroSense 98.