Aquila
History

Aquila is an employee-owned technology firm located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Aquila partners with public, private, and global organizations in advanced communication, network design and implementation, project management, information security, prototype design and manufacturing. The firm holds several GSA schedules and State of New Mexico contracts for services and equipment/software. Aquila is focused on quality, and in September, 2010 received ISO 9001 certification.

Our Albuquerque office consists of 50+ staff members with combined staff experience totaling 400 years. We focus on sales, engineering services, prototype design and manufacturing and customer service. We also provide testing and logistics management to our customers, as well as shipping and receiving equipment globally in our 5,000 square feet warehouse. Routinely, we team with other large and small businesses to bring complete integrated solutions to our customers. Aquila has over 35 years of experience in IT related services and continually teams with small businesses, the National Labs, and technology firms to pioneer technologies that meet specific customer needs.

Aquila maintains the highest level of industry and vendor specific certifications to ensure successful implementation of the most advanced networking solutions. We are proud of our ability to pioneer emerging technologies and currently maintain strong relationships with 20 top-ranked leaders in the Network Infrastructure and Security segment. We also have access to other manufacturers through our distribution partners and are very willing to look at emerging technology partners as our customers’ needs evolve.

For almost 30 years, Aquila has dedicated itself to the design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of threat-resistant technologies and data-sensitive systems in a variety of environments that may be vulnerable to invasion and intrusion with innovative solutions and design integrity.

Aquila
Team

Judy Beckes Talcott PRESIDENT

Ms. Beckes Talcott has directed and managed engineering teams and corporate services through decades of technological change and has served in leadership positions in various community associations relating to the computer technology field. Ms. Beckes Talcott began her career in 1979 by opening the first computer store in New Mexico: Computer Technology Associates. She worked as a regional sales representative for KayPro computers and worked with them through IPO. During her many years in the technology sector, she sold and pioneered many new and emerging products. She has demonstrated a unique blend of sales, technical, and business modeling to enable results through managing complex programs and leveraging diverse teams across multiple disciplines. She has received numerous sales awards and recognition, including the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member.

By implementing structured project management principles at Aquila, Ms. Beckes Talcott advocates an accelerated product development model and promotes continuous improvement to maintain Aquila’s ISO 9001:2000 certified engineering and manufacturing processes. Her focus on innovation and operational efficiency enables Aquila to pioneer technologies that meet specific customer needs.

Ms. Beckes Talcott has been a leader in the community and has participated in numerous economic development forums and has served on various boards. She currently serves on the boards of Albuquerque Academy and Upsite Technologies.

Steve Kadner EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

For nearly 25 years, Mr. Steve Kadner has directed the efforts of small businesses, large corporations, and nonprofit entities in support of national and international nuclear safeguards programs by providing customized technology solutions to government and nongovernment organizations worldwide. Mr. Kadner directs Aquila’s military design engineering and production efforts for clients, such as the U.S. Army. During the early 1990s, Mr. Kadner worked with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage and protect nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union. As the leader of multinational efforts in various organizations, Mr. Kadner has worldwide, hands-on experience in support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Argentine-Brazilian Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC), European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom), as well as U.S. domestic and international nonproliferation programs implemented by DOE. In 1999, he received an International Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) industry award for his work in nonproliferation. During the U.S. Army’s 2004-2005 Rapid Fielding Initiative, Mr. Kadner led Aquila’s team members to become a “high rate” manufacturer for the U.S. Army Warlock program, producing Improvised Explosive Device Countermeasures Equipment (ICE) for U.S. Army and Marine forces.

Mr. Kadner currently serves as Treasurer of Waste Management Symposia, the largest international conference addressing nuclear waste management Issues.

Mike White VICE PRESIDENT

A graduate of the United States Military Academy and having served 13 years in the U.S. Army, Mr. White has over 30 years of leadership and management experience that covers a broad spectrum of activities, including networking, operations, logistics, project management, and operational and strategic business planning. Mr. White is responsible for the technical development, installation, and lifecycle logistics for Aquila products and services.

Markku Koskelo, Ph.D CHIEF SCIENTIST

For over 30 years, Dr. Markku Koskelo has investigated standard analysis methods and best practice guides for radiation measurement instruments and systems in various forms and in concert with standards organizations (ASTM, ANSI, IEC). Dr. Koskelo is an authority on the technical and scientific accuracy for analysis algorithms for gamma spectrometry, alpha spectrometry, continuous air monitoring, gamma safeguards (particularly the plutonium isotopic and uranium enrichment), and quality assurance. During his tenure in the international safeguards community, he pioneered the development of technical solutions to nuclear safeguards challenges such as advancements in continuous air monitors and gamma safeguards instruments.

Dr. Koskelo oversees Aquila’s development of new technologies, as well as Aquila’s efforts to acquire and adapt existing technologies to meet specific customer needs. Consequently, Dr. Koskelo is integrally involved with formulating Aquila’s intellectual property (IP) strategies and utilization of proprietary technologies. Dr. Koskelo’s expertise in technology life cycle management, first article testing, production control, and conformal testing enables Aquila to achieve unparalleled quality in product design and manufacturing efficiency. Dr. Koskelo earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering and an M.S., Engineering Physics, from Helsinki University of Technology.

Mike Moran OPERATIONS MANAGER

With 19 years of experience managing government complex projects relating to radiological detection system technology, nuclear reactor conversion programs, and environmental cleanup of nuclear waste sites for the U.S. Energy and Defense departments, Mr. Moran oversees efficient operations at Aquila by attending to every detail of supply and demand planning, production planning, resource scheduling, inventory management, procurement, and the order-to-cash processes using Aquila’s on-site ERP solution.

Because his professional experiences in the private sector include Fortune 500 companies, such The Boeing Company, Square D, and U.S. Filter, as well as small business and technology start-ups, Mr. Moran has a unique capacity for employing economies of scale in order to deliver projects on time, on budget, and meeting each project’s original goals. Mr. Moran has lead projects of all types ranging from single-site and short-duration endeavors to multisite international implementations.

Mr. Moran has a B.S. degree in industrial technology from Eastern Washington University and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP)® by the Project Management Institute.