Jerry began his professional career as a Naval Officer assigned to a P3-C Patrol Squadron. He served as a Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander of a 13 member crew. He logged over 2,000 hours on submarine tracking and surface ship surveillance missions throughout the Pacific.
After 10 years of military service, Jerry was hired by IBM Federal Systems Division in Owego, NY as a Lead Systems Engineer on the Air-Ship LAMPS MK-III program. The system became one of the most successful operational systems in the US Navy’s inventory. He served as Lead Systems Engineer and then Chief Architect on a wide variety of large, complex military, government and commercial systems for both IBM and Lockheed Martin. He was a go-to engineer when major innovations were needed and when large programs were in trouble. In addition to technical program leadership, Jerry developed and taught Systems Engineering and Systems Architecture best practices courses and led the expansion of the systems engineering skill set in Owego. He also directed the facility Independent Research and Development (IRAD) Program for 5 years putting more emphasis on getting technologies on operational aircraft faster. His final assignment before retiring from Lockheed Martin in 2008 was Chief Architect on the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program.
In retirement, Jerry volunteered his systems skills by conducting a comprehensive analysis of all production natural gas wells in Pennsylvania. He correlated production levels with shale thickness and depth to prove without question that gas drilling in thin, shallow NY shale would not be economical. His work was influential in helping Governor Cuomo justify a ban on drilling. He has conducted extensive analysis to determine what is required to meet the challenging NY emissions reduction goals. In 2020 he joined the GreyEdge Group to continue applying his Complex System Architect skills to the challenges of NY’s renewable energy initiatives.