Leadership Team

Robert G. Kalinyak  ~ President

Mr. Kalinyak joined Protobox LLC in 2002 as a managing partner and eventually became the President and majority interest holder. Bob has over 30 years of Electrical Engineering and Project Management experience to draw from. After a successful 20 year career with the USAF Civil Service as a Systems Engineer and Program Manager on various programs from the A-10 Unit Training Device (UTD), the F-16 New Digital Land Mass Simulator (NDRLMS) and GBU-15 Intermediate Part Task Trainer (IPTT). Since Bob joined Protobox he has been instrumental in the company’s success. Bob’s leadership and experience has lead Protobox to a leading government contracting firm with over 90 completed projects. With a degree from Wright State University in Systems Engineering with specialized training in DAU SYS201 Interim Systems Planning, Research, Development, Engineering and Certified as a Level III Acquisition Professional in Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering.

Ron Ewart ~ Founder, and Lead Scientific Engineer

Mr. Ewart as a Lead Simulation Systems Engineer has over 37 years of experience in digital and electronic design, flight simulation research and development, and visual display development.  Experienced in prototype development of electronic circuitry including high speed FPGA design, video signal processing, and optical systems. With Protobox he has been the Project Engineer responsible for leading design and development of special purpose electronics, optics, flight simulation, and visual system projects.  Led development of simulated KC-135 Boom Operator Station and unique collimated visual display system used to conduct UAV refueling studies supporting Air Force research.  Principal investigator for Small Business Innovative Research projects including topics on simulator performance measurements, variable chromaticity PWM LED lighting system for Navy shipboard application, Advanced Concepts for Emergency Airfield Lighting using high power LEDs, and pilot spatial disorientation simulator training.  Designed 8-channel full field of view visual display for flight simulator applications. Ron has also had a successful career as the Principal Scientist for the AFRL/VACD, Simulation & Assessment Branch and as the Electrical Engineer for the ASD/ENET, Simulation Engineering Branch. With a degree from Akron University in Electrical Engineering and published works on Embedded Simulator Test Evaluation Monitor to Improve Distributed Mission Training; IITSEC, 2002. Dynamic Latency Measurement Using the Simulator Network Analysis Project; AIAA, 1994. Electronic Visual Display Attitude Sensor (EVDAS) for Analysis of Flight Simulator Delays; AIAA, 1992.

Carl Rickard ~ Lead Research & Development Product Manager

Carl Rickard brings over 29 years of application engineering experience to the Protobox team. As the Production Manager for all prototype design and development, problem analysis, hardware modification, ruggedized testing, integration and calibration of complex electro-mechanical equipment used in human-in-the-loop simulation. Mr. Rickard is solely responsible for all prototype fabrication and is proficient in electronic and mechanical troubleshooting, and precision system alignments using specialized test equipment. Carl has extensive experience in creating one off concepts that are easily. Technically educated and trained at The Ohio Institute of Technology. Licensed operator for Large Amplitude Multi-mode Advanced Research Simulator (LAMARS).

Gary (Jeff) Slutz ~ Senior Software Engineer

Mr. Slutz received his BS in Computer Engineering from Wright State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and his MS in Systems Engineering from Wright State University.  Gary was the Lead Engineer on the MAF DMO Network Latency Study conducted at the Air Force Research Laboratories.  As the Lead Engineer, he oversaw all aspects of the study, established the hardware and software baselines insuring comparable fidelity to current MAF DMO training simulators, developed the test matrixes and secured the flight test profiles required to properly execute testing.  Mr. Slutz oversaw all hardware and software modifications initiated during the study.  Mr. Slutz has developed and teaches the simulation training course for all AFRL new hires.  Mr. Slutz engineered and designed the Embedded Simulation Test Evaluation Monitor (ESTEEM) under an Air Force SBIR that isolated network latency in flight simulators and improved Distributed Mission Training.  Gary has led several other critical simulator and network studies during his time at AFRL including: Tactical High Energy Utility Study, Boeing Advanced Theater Transport simulation, Supersonic Tailless Air Vehicle study, Speed Agile and Spartacus.

Blake Ward ~ Software Engineer

Mr. Ward received his BS in Computer Engineering from DeVry University in 2005.  Mr. Ward has since received specialized training in numerous computer languages that allows for his effective work with existing flight simulators and visual display systems in the Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson AFB.  Mr. Ward was the Primary Investigator on the MAF DMO Network Latency Study conducted at (AFRL).  During this study Mr. Ward: developed code necessary for testing Dead Reckoning Algorithms (DRAs) within VRLink, developed the report analysis program utilized to quantify test results, modified the network emulator written in C++ to allow for variable latency and dropped packets and analyzed possible causes for high frequency jitter within the simulations, isolated the problem and modified the code to correct.

Mr. Ward was the Lead Software Engineer on the FAA NextGen Simulator study requiring creation of a custom X-Plane extension emulating interactive interfaces for the display of DataCom messages.  Mr. Ward was the Lead Software Engineer on several other projects including a Nonverbal Communications Trainer, a Custom CT Scanner, a JMS Style Pub/Sub System, Image Analysis Tools and a Bone Density Analysis Software and Database.

Chuck Doran ~ Director of Business Development

Mr. Doran brings over 30 years’ experience in all facets of business operations including sales, marketing, inventory control and production to the Protobox team.  Mr. Doran spent 16 years working for a large Midwest restaurant chain as the Director of Operations for 33 restaurants employing over 100 salaried management personnel and 700 hourly workers.  Mr. Doran was responsible for all operational and financial results.  Under his guidance the chain realized record sales and profits. Mr. Doran also spent 13 years working for a Fortune 1000 technology company as the General Manager of their reseller division.  In this capacity Mr. Doran was responsible for all aspects of business management and operations including marketing, vendor contracts, employee hiring & training, sales and profitability.  Mr. Doran is certified in the Six Sigma quality manufacturing processes, is a trained ISO 9000 and 2001 inspector/evaluator and is currently a certified Project Management Professional. BA, Political Science and Economics, University of Dayton. Chuck is also Certified Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute, ISO certified auditor and is currently attending MBA classes at Wright State University.