December 20, 2021
photo of Ray Burdge and Mike Smutko
Chris, our Senior System Administrator / IT Specialist, comes to McCormick Stevenson with extensive Information Technology experience, having spent thirteen years building a successful IT team in support of aerospace manufacturing. At MCCST, he plays a critical role in the fluid operation of the company –helping to ensure we have robust IT tools and operations in place, every day, for our engineering services and customer communications.
Chris enjoys collecting, hiking and playing guitar. Most of all, though, he enjoys his time with his wife—especially their annual visits to Walt Disney World.
Greg has over 17 years of experience successfully designing, building, and sustaining aerospace products, with a particular emphasis on the application of light weight composite structures to meet the challenging demands of the United States Military. His desire to support America’s warfighters drives his commitment to the mission, and to ensuring that the products and services we deliver are of the highest quality. With a strong commitment to our next generation of engineering professionals, Greg works to ensure that every member of our staff is afforded frequent opportunity for growth through meaningful contribution to a high-performing engineering team.
Greg is a good neighbor to all, and a dedicated family man; he and his wife are blessed with two wonderful kids of their own, while also being privileged to serve as foster parents to other children in need.
Steven is an Advanced Engineer and has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida. He performs both analysis and design activities at MCCST, and excels where he can use a wide range of engineering skills. He is committed to excellence and attention to details in his work so that every customer has confidence in the outcome of high-quality products.
Steven is the epitome of an engineer – he loves to diversify his skills and learn new things. Even outside work, you can find Steven tinkering with electronics or learning some new skill. He is also musically oriented and spends time playing the drums.
As a Designer at MCCST, Julius uses his talents to support Mechanical Dimensioning. Among his skills are Tolerancing and Measurement. Product Documentation and Detailing (TDP Generation), Product Data Management, and Manufacturing Processes. Julius has well-rounded capabilities and expertise. An Associate in Arts from St. Petersburg College lead him to hands-on experience in CAD programs (Creo, Solidworks, Draftsight, AutoCad), Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) interpretation and implementation, and continuous improvement of manufacturing processes and equipment. Julius is now working toward a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Julius loves the challenges of meeting and exceeding MCCST high standards for quality for a diverse range of customers. Outside work, he can be found engaging in a variety of activities – the Martial Arts, Clay Shooting, and basketball, to name a few.
Robin joined the MCCST team in 2015 and serves alongside the executive team supporting overall business operations. A true team player, she specializes in customer service, event planning, networking, maintaining and building McCormick Stevenson’s brand, website and social media.
Robin has a passion for connecting people, helping solve problems, exceeding expectations and deadlines, teaching and a love of learning. She helped form the Tampa Bay Engineering Internship Alliance (TBEIA) and is the driving-force of the TBEIA Bi-annual Engineering Internship Mixers since 2016. Robin’s positive approach and can-do attitude lift the entire McCormick Stevenson team, making us more effective, efficient and successful.
In her free time, she loves hanging out with her family and friends, serving her Mary Kay customers/friends, yoga, walking, music, reading and quilting.
Jim supports MCCST and our customers as an Advanced Technical Writer who is responsible for development of product documentation such as technical manuals, test procedures, reports, presentation material, and written communications. Jim’s contributions to the product line ensure that our customers have resources at their fingertips that provide clear, concise, robust descriptions of the products and their test protocols. Jim also leads ISO 17025 Accreditation and risk assessment for the MCCST dimensional measurement laboratory. He enjoys working collaboratively, both with others at MCCST and our customers, where we all can benefits from one another’s attributes and share in the rewards of a job well done.
Jim also likes to design and build microcontroller-driven things, such as circuitry, motion sensors using existing modules and controller types, and intrusion detection devices. He also enjoys using available artificial intelligence tools for data mining. He’s even added 3D-printed designs into his cadre of tools for personal projects!
Ray is an MCCST Engineering Associate and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida. His role at MCCST envelops Virtual Product Definition/Visualization and Product Documentation and Detailing, allowing the team to more efficiently communicate attributes of our products with users and to help ensure that products are correct and optimized for their intended us. Ray collaborates both inside and outside MCCST and is committed to deliver the best outcomes for our customers.
Outside work, Ray has a penchant for rock climbing. His personal interests also run to the creative side – he creates things using a 3D printer and CNC router.
J.B. is the MCCST Manager of Manufacturing Engineering. He brings a Bachelors of Science in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from the University of South Florida and over 15 years of manufacturing experience in Aerospace and Defense to product manufacturing at MCCST. He focuses on manufacturing process, product data management, and product documentation and detailing, so that the end user has all the tools necessary to take the final product into operation. J.B. is proud to give back to the military where his father once served. He is committed to providing high-quality tools and equipment that enable the Warfighter in their missions, and to building meaningful, trusting relationships with our clients. He believes that trust and shared values with America’s heroes can only lead to great things.
J.B. is married, with three beautiful daughters, all of whom he adores spending time with. He also mentors engineering students and gives back to the College of Engineering at USF. He enjoys golf and USF Athletics.
As the Executive Vice President at MCCST, Paul leads by example. He demonstrates a real passion for serving the US Warfighter who serve our country, and is committed to demonstrating extreme competence in the engineering services and products we offer. Beginning with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida, Paul has made it his mission to continuously improve MCCST competencies to better address the needs of the Warfighter. He takes responsibility for direct interaction with our customers to ensure that we are meeting or exceeding expectations, doing the right things (Leadership) and doing them right (Quality).
Paul enjoys fitness and stays active by golfing, travelling, and working on his home. He loves to socialize with friends and family.
As the Director of Finance at MCCST, Betsy helps to ensure that the financial outlook supports the customers and our commitments to our customers, enabling engineering solutions to make their way from design at MCCST into the hands of the Warfighter. Betsy draws on a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Iowa and Masters of Accountancy from University of South Florida to model financial outcomes for the company. She has guided MCCST in the implementation of EOS as part of our Vision/Traction Organizer. Betsy is a valued part of the team and participates in communicating the MCCST core focus and vision to our customers.
Outside work, Betsy is active in cycling, yoga, and walking. She also enjoys reading.
Parker leverages years of experience in Mechanical Engineering to bring new product designs to MCCST customers in his role as Advanced Engineer. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. With an inclination to systems engineering, Parker brings well-developed systems solutions to the Warfighter that account for the complexities and challenges of the operational environment. Parker is committed to development of long-lasting products as well as long-lasting relationships with each customer.
Parker is married and enjoys working on the house with his wife. He is active in boating and fishing, and is developing his boxing skills at the local boxing gym.
Nick is an Advanced Engineer at MCCST with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida (USF). His background and attention to detail affords MCCST and our customers a fresh, new perspective to high-quality and reliable ruggedized solutions that meet Warfighter demands in the field. He critically analyzes Technical Data to ensure proper function and reliability of the end product. With Nick on the team, quality equates to getting the product right the first time!
Nick enjoys animal husbandry and fishing. He also has an interest in 3D printing.
Joe is a Staff Designer for MCCST where he applies proper geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, enables manufacturability of MCCST designs, and works through tolerance stack-ups to ensure that no virtual conditions are being violated. Joseph’s contributions are instrumental in working with our customers to find solutions that meet all requirements and customer expectations, and to ensure that our designs correctly translate to the final product in manufacturing. His direct communication with the customer is a key asset to ensure that tradeoffs are well-understood and evaluated.
Mike has made key contributions to the MCCST mission for more than two decades, where he is currently a Staff Engineer who proudly serves the Warfighter by bringing critical engineering advances to the mission. Mike has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and specializes in the area of Analysis and Simulation (CAE). With more than twenty years of simulation experience across multiple software platforms, his core work helps to inform and validate engineering designs to ensure that the design meets key performance requirements. Mike thrives in an interactive team environment, and is always learning– both on his own as well as from the contributions of the rest of the team. Mike takes great pride in MCCST, and the commitment and integrity our work offers to our customers on each project.
Outside work, Mike loves to travel with his family, and enjoys the many discoveries he finds in his family tree through genealogical research. He serves his community as a part-time Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and hopes to advance to become a Paramedic.
Alec is an Advanced Engineer for McCormick Stevenson where he brings his diverse talents and experience in R&D and manufacturing to bear in support of the core missions for our customers. Alec holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and contributes at MCCST in a team environment to empower our customers with next-generation enabling technology.
Outside MCCST, Alec enjoys Cross Fit training, as well as a wide array of water sports – boating, fishing, kayaking, just to name a few! And, when back on dry land, he uses his skills for hands-on home improvements.
Ryan has a BA in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of South Florida. He serves as a Project Manager for McCormick Stevenson and supports MCCST product documentation, dimensioning and tolerancing, product data management, reverse engineering and risk assessment. Ryan’s attention to detail and listening skills guide his work efforts to ensure that performance, cost, and schedule expectations are met on each project. Our customers particularly appreciate that Ryan is always available, just a phone call away, to answer questions or respond to emerging requirements.
Ron brings 35 years of experience in the industry, with 25 years focused on CAD design in inspection gages, tooling and fixes, to the position of Advanced Designer at McCormick Stevenson. Ron works in Product Documentation and Detailing, specifically TDP generation, as well as mechanical dimensioning, tolerancing and measurement. With MCCST, Ron is especially proud to be deliver exceptional designs and engineering to the defense industry that are used to contribute to the welfare and security of our country.
Ron spends his leisure time playing competitive golf. He also has a deep appreciation for music.
Rick is a Senior Staff Designer for McCormick Stevenson, a role that allows us to leverage his knowledge and know-how of design for manufacturability into high quality and cost-effective products. Rick gained years of hands-on experience from General Electric (GE), where he graduated from the GE Apprentice Program as a Tool and Instrument Maker and the Leadership Development Program in Industrial Technology. At MCCST, Rick is focused on product development with special attention to processes and inspection. His contributions are customer-centric by building relationships with customers that begin with quality and teamwork.
Outside work, Rick enjoys spending time with his family, whether it is travelling, boating, or even attending church.
Jamie, Chief Designer at McCormick Stevenson, was formally educated in Machine Tool Technology from Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri. Jamie’s commitment to quality, customer satisfaction, and service shows every day through his expertise in manufacturing process, mechanical dimensioning, tolerancing and measurement, and product documentation. Jamie’s contributions ensure that our customers receive the highest level of quality in the products we deliver.
Jamie also enjoys the outdoor life, including sporting clays and upland bird hunting.
Jacob has a BS in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle and a BS from USF in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently working toward an MS in Mechanical Engineering from USF. He served in the US Coast Guard as Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) certified aircraft mechanic where he honed practical mechanical skills. Jacob brings creativity and ingenuity to complex mechanical engineering problems and his first-hand experience in the military affords practical solutions to Warfighter requirements.
Jacob enjoys spending his free time with his wife and their dogs, or doing home improvement projects and writing his own music.
Bob is the Dimensional Metrology Lab Manager for McCormick Stevenson — he ensures that each mechanical dimension is precisely determined, with appropriate tolerances required to cost-effectively and efficiently meet end-product performance requirements. Bob brings a diverse and interdisciplinary skill set. He has a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from the State University of NY at Empire State College and a wide range of interests. He is committed to providing responsive and timely solutions with an unsurpassed focus on the needs of the end user.
Jonathan brings 30 years of experience since receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida to his current role as Staff Engineer at McCormick Stevenson. Jonathan’s experience spans electronics packaging for harsh military environments, tool and fixture design, process development, production support and environmental testing. This range of experience allows him to provide technical leadership and to directly address customer needs and expectations. His responsibilities at MCCST include requirements development, estimating, product development, documentation, and hardware realization.
Jonathan takes pride in working in cooperatively in a team environment with the cadre of engineers at MCCST and in fostering close working relationships with customers at every step of a design project.
Beyond his daily contributions to providing value-added solutions for the Warfighter, Jonathan loves enjoying the outdoors, where he can often be found back-packing, camping, hiking, or shooting sporting clays.
With a BS in Physics from the University of Connecticut, Bob serves as a Chief Engineer for McCormick Stevenson. Bob’s experience is wide-ranging, covering engineering management, systems engineering, requirements management, analysis and simulation, 3D modeling, GD&T and TDP development, configuration management, data management, circuit board layout, and test equipment design. He is driven to collaborate with other engineers as well as our customers, in an Integrated Product Team framework, to solve engineering problems. For Bob, the focus is always on the customer – open and honest communication is his hallmark to foster a level of trust and confidence for MCCST to meet commitments and provide sound technical solutions to even the most challenging requirements.
Apart from getting satisfaction from removing barriers to tough engineering challenges, Bob enjoys the outdoor life with his family. He likes hiking, and both saltwater and fresh water fly fishing.
Andrew has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida and brings a wide range of experience to project management for McCormick Stevenson. His extensive knowledge of CAD and Model-based Definition enables virtual product definition to improve efficiency of our design process, and his experience in manufacturing processes and attention to detail ensures that products are optimized with full technical data packages. Andrew is a team player and committed to establishing one-on-one working relationships with our customers, ensuring that he understands, and meets, the larger scope of each customer’s goals on every project.
In between hiking, cycling and travel, Andrews enjoys visiting breweries to relax. He is also interested in 3D printing.
Jim is an experienced Project Engineer and Manager of mechanical design and analysis. He has a proven track record in mechanical design & packaging for extreme military and aerospace environments such as gun launched projectiles and airborne systems. He has expertise in the ANSI Y14 standards, GD&T, transitioning products from design to fabrication, and Failure Modes & Effects Analysis. Jim graduated from the University of South Florida with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and finds great satisfaction in creating new designs that solve difficult problems, pushing the engineering envelope to new levels.
When not meeting interesting engineering challenges, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin, and their furry child, Jessie. He also enjoys intense and disciplined training in shooting sports. One of Jim’s favorite quotes is: “Without data you are just another person with an opinion” – Deming