2022 Brings Expansion of Metis Leadership Team

Metis is pleased to announce two new members of our senior leadership team: Brian Eslinger joins Metis as Vice President of Space Programs and Neil Otto continues in his role as NASA SimLabs III Program Manager as a Metis employee.

Brian Eslinger

As Vice President of Space Programs, Brian Eslinger provides strategic technical leadership as well as day-to-day management of Metis personnel on several NASA and DoD engineering contracts. Brian’s experience includes Program Manager for the Engineering and Technical Services (ETS) contract at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center for American Systems Corporation and previously for Jacobs Engineering.  ETS scope included Aerodynamics and Propulsion, Controls, Flight Systems, Aircraft Instrumentation, and structural engineering. As Director of Jacobs Systems Engineering Division, he additionally provided oversight of the Aerospace Research and Development Test & Evaluation A&AS Services at the Air Force Test Center; Combat Environment System III at Naval Air Warfare Center – Weapons Division at China Lake, and the Joint Range Technical Services contract at Nellis AFB – a combined responsibility for 260 employees and 200 subcontractors on these programs. Brian received his Advanced Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Occidental College. He previously supported the Air Force Flight Test Center as a systems engineer and technical lead supporting range systems development including communications, telemetry, encryption, mission control room, video, timing, Time Space Position Information, command destruct systems, and video.  He also served as chairman of the Range Commander’s Council (RCC) Telecommunications and Timing Group, where he conceived and lead the effort for creating IRIG Standard 218, Telemetry Transmission over Internet Protocol.

Niel Otto

Neil Otto joins the Metis Technology Solutions leadership team from our Metis Flight Research Associates (MFRA) Joint Venture partner Flight Research Associates. As Program Manager on the SimLabs III contract at NASA Ames Research Center, Neil continues to provide oversight for all technical and financial performance at the SimLabs Contract. Neil has over 30 years of experience in aerospace research, strategic planning, and systems development and integration. Before joining Metis, Neil was employed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), providing management for a team of engineers on NASA’s UAS-NAS Integrated Test and Evaluation Project. On the UAS-NAS Integrated Test and Evaluation Project, Neil led the development of a live, virtual and constructive (LVC) distributed test architecture which enabled integrated UAS test capabilities. Neil’s experience also extends beyond the private sector, as he is a retired United States Air Force Colonel. As the Project Manager for the Joint Integration Team, Neil managed all activities of a 35-person team that developed a curriculum providing pre-deployment training to soldiers responsible for integrating full-spectrum Air Force capabilities into Army and Marine ground operations. Though retired from the Air Force, Neil continues to be an active general aviation pilot.

“It’s an honor to have Brian and Neil join our leadership team, and a great way to kick off 2022. I’m thrilled to have partners of their talent, experience and energy to help take Metis to the next level as we continue to grow,” said Metis CEO Joy Colucci.

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