Vice President and General Manager
As Vice President and General Manager of the National Defense strategic business unit, Dave Kaufman is responsible for business development and execution of Ball’s space systems programs for the defense and intelligence communities.
Dave has more than 20 years of engineering, and management experience in the aerospace industry supporting commercial and government customers. Dave most recently served as director of the National Security Space mission area within National Defense, where he oversaw a portfolio of critical programs with the National customer community.
Since joining Ball Aerospace in 2000, Dave has served in leadership positions for a variety of space systems including the Orbital Express NextSat, the Space Test Program Standard Interface Vehicle, and Ball’s first fixed-price prime mission program in a government business area with long-term strategic importance.
Dave began his aerospace career as a thermal engineer at Hughes Space & Communications Co. in El Segundo, Calif. He was awarded two patents for his research and development work and was the Thermal Engineering Lead for multiple satellite programs. As a System Engineering Lead, he directed overall technical execution for several geosynchronous spacecraft programs.
Dave earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, a BSME from Stanford University, and a BA in Mathematics from Willamette University.