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

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.

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.

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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