Daudi Barnes

President and Chief Engineer

Daudi founded AMPT in 2009 to fulfill his vision of providing state of the art testing services for the space propulsion industry; he takes pride in delivering excellent customer service and program flexibility at a competitive price. Daudi earned his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, magna cum laude, from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott. His previous experience includes nearly a decade as a Propulsion Scientist for Rocketdyne, where he worked as a development engineer on the Space Shuttle Main Engine. He has extensive experience in the design and analysis of engine instrumentation, engine verification, combustion stability, and failure investigation. His work includes particular emphasis on test facility design, construction, check-out, and operation. At AMPT, Daudi is Chief Engineer with oversight over all design and fabrication of test stands. As President, he has oversight of company marketing, customer relations, business development, and company vision. He has been awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the Durango Chamber of Commerce and is a licensed pilot.

Eric Pinkerton

Vice President and General Manager

Eric has over twenty years of engineering experience and over a decade of managerial experience. He earned his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from The University of Kansas and his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington University, St Louis. His previous experience includes twelve years at Intel, where he managed engineers and technicians in a semiconductor manufacturing facility and drove strategic lean operation improvements. Eric subsequently worked for Honeywell on the Air Force Satellite Control Network contract, where he managed the Architecture and Requirements Branch within the Systems Engineering department. Upon moving to Durango Eric became the Director of Operations at StoneAge, a local company that manufactures high pressure waterblasting tools for industrial cleaning applications; he managed the Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Inventory, and Quality departments. Eric is the General Manager at AMPT; he drives continuous operational and organizational improvements. Eric has expertise in managing technical personnel, developing strategic direction, driving team development, and lean operations. He has six sigma green belt certification.

Technical Staff

Melissa Emery-Lundstrom

Test Operations Manager

Melissa brings nearly a decade of engineering and organizational experience to the AMPT team. She earned her Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her previous experience includes Operational Engineering at United Space Alliance in Houston; Melissa worked as flight controller for the International Space Station (ISS), specializing in electrical power and external thermal systems. She has transferred substantial knowledge of mission operations, training, and execution techniques to AMPT, where Melissa works as the Test Operations Manager. She is charged with ensuring smooth day-to-day operations of test programs and is the customer point of contact. Melissa manages the engineering team during contract build-up to ensure AMPT meets customer schedules. She has expertise in project management and logistics, technical and personnel management, and customer relations.

Mesa Hollinbeck

Lead Propellant Systems Engineer, Lead Design Engineer

Mesa has over five years of experience at AMPT. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics, magna cum laude, from Fort Lewis College, where he pursued opportunities with Engineers without Borders, including projects focused on the design and implementation of potable water systems in Ecuador and Laos. At AMPT, he is the Lead Propellant Systems Engineer and Lead Design Engineer; he has expertise in CAD/CAE, FEA, design for manufacturing and assembly, and statics analysis. Mesa has received training in Creo Parametric, Hazmat handling, hypergolic propellant handling, and cryogenic engineering principles. He is a certified Engineer in Training by the NCEES.

Adam Tishman

Lead Software Engineer

Adam has over five years of experience at AMPT. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona. His previous work includes academic research at Embry Riddle as a Lab Manager, where he ensured hardware was properly calibrated and maintained data analysis code. At AMPT, Adam is the Lead Software Engineer, and writes all data acquisition and control software. He has expertise in LabVIEW (dev, Real Time, and FPGA), C, Matlab, and IDL programming languages, and GIT and Subversion repositories. He is a certified LabVIEW developer and has training in hypergolic propellant handling and cryogenic engineering principles.

Tim Lawler

Lead Altitude Systems Engineer

Tim earned his Master of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University; his thesis research, “Heat Transfer for a Stationary Serpentine Passage using a Transient Thermochromatic Liquid Crystal Paint Technique,” concentrated upon the heat transfer in the internal cooling passages of a gas turbine engine. He earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing and Design Engineering from Northwestern University. His previous experience includes working as a Product Engineer at Tenneco Automotive, where he had sole responsibility for research, development, manufacturing consultation, and project management for disc and valving parts for automotive shock absorbers. At AMPT, Tim works as the lead engineer on the Altitude and Vacuum System; he has expertise in fluid dynamics and heat transfer analysis as well as lean operations, manufacturing, and human centered design. He has six sigma green belt certification, has received training in cryogenic engineering principles, and is a certified Engineer in Training by the NCEES.

Skyler Hollinbeck

Quality Manager

Skyler earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Fort Lewis College, where he pursued experiences completing botanical surveys, monitoring and evaluating methane, CO2, and O2 flux at several high alpine fens, and extensive research and field work for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. As AMPT’s Quality manager, he ensures compliance with international and US standards, including ISO/IEC 17025 and ANSI/NCSL Z540.3, and conducts internal audits, uncertainty analysis and method validation. Skyler has expertise in instrument calibration, propellant release plume modelling, mass spectroscopy, gas and liquid chromatography, and propellant characterization. He is an active member of Engineers without Borders, with whom he traveled to Ecuador and Laos, implementing potable water and sanitation systems in communities with limited resources.

Tucker Smith

Engine and Systems Assembly Engineer

Tucker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from Fort Lewis College, where he pursued experiences in academic research, including developing a water flow test stand and fluids models to characterize boundary layer development. At AMPT, he is the engine systems assembly engineer, responsible for the maintenance, decontamination, and water flow characterization of test assemblies. Tucker has expertise in fluid dynamics and his attention to detail and thoroughness allow him to be proficient at handling delicate engine assemblies. He has received training in handling hypergolic propellants and cryogenic engineering principles; he is a certified Engineer in Training by the NCEES.

Billy Nollet, PhD

Propulsion Scientist

Billy earned his Doctorate and Master of Science degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin; he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Space Physics with concentrations in Astrophysics and Exotic Propulsion from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott. He is an Assistant Professor at Fort Lewis College in the Department of Physics and Engineering, and is the Director of the Thermal Hydraulics Laboratory. Billy works as a consultant and Propulsion Scientist for AMPT, where he contributes to research and development, advanced data analysis, and engine assembly and inspection. Billy has expertise in instrumentation for nuclear reactor cooling systems and propulsion systems and nuclear and aerospace thermal systems; his active research includes liquid sodium systems and advanced propulsion development.

Facility Staff

Aaron Mallett

Test Facilities Manager

Aaron brings nearly two decades of professional experience to the AMPT team. He has extensive experience as a fabricator and heavy equipment operator and has project management, logistics, and scheduling experience. His previous work includes Lead Fabricator at Holt Sheet Metal, and Roseberrys’ Plumbing & Heating, where he worked as a Foreman and Supervisor. He coordinated material and project scheduling, and provided apprentice mentorship. At AMPT, Aaron is the Test Facilities manager, where he has oversight over all test site infrastructure. He manages deliveries, materials, scheduling, and test site build-up and tear-down. He has expertise in project and site management. Aaron has training in various OSHA seminars, NASA Hypergolic Pressure Systems, PHMSA Dangerous Goods Transportation, heating and air handling control certifications, PSI/PCI Cylinder Inspection, and is a licensed plumber.

Administrative Staff

Dot Clemens

Finance and Administration Manager

Dot brings over a decade of finance and accounting experience to the AMPT team. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Fort Lewis College and is a Certified Public Accountant. Her previous work experience includes audit experience with KPMG, founding and managing an accountant firm for small businesses and non-profits, and acting as the Finance Manager of the towns of Marana, Arizona and Bayfield, Colorado. Dot is the Finance Manager at AMPT and is an additional point of contact for business development.

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1334 Airport Road
Durango, CO 81303

Test Site:
1125 County Road 309A
Durango, CO 81303
Phone: 970-247-0840
Email: test@ampt.pro