Gerry Etzold

Gerry is the Retired Technical Director at the United States Department of Defense where he served most recently as the Technical Director for the Trusted Access Program Office in 2007 – 2009. As the Technical Director he was responsible for providing technical support and guidance to the Chief of the TAPO’s NSA Microelectronics Office. This included frequent analysis of industry and national strategy for microelectronics technology to enable alignment with customer requirements and coordination of activities with DOD and other government agencies.

He received his AASEE degree from Weber State College in 1976, a BS in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 1986 and his MS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland ( University College ) in 1996. After a seven year stint ( 1967 – 1974 ) with the United States Air Force ( to include time as a Member of the Inspector General Team to evaluate Forward Air Control unit readiness in Theater Europe ), he joined National Semiconductor Corporation . During a career of 23 years with NSC he gained extensive experience in microelectronics manufacturing technology management with specialties in Test, Production, Photolithography, Engineering, Operations and Process Transfer.

In 1998 he joined the National Security Agency where his assignments included Equipment Integration Manager, Technical Director for Microelectronics Manufacturing at the Fort Meade, Maryland facility ( fab ) and; ultimately Technical Director for the commonly referred to Trusted Fab Program.

During his career Gerry was bestowed with the NSA Director’s Award, the Meritorius Civilian Service Award, the Certificate of Excellence from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Microelectronics Special Honor Award.

Gerry holds a United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner License and he and his wife Linda enjoying cruising waterways on their Monk 36 Trawler. They have two children and three grandchildren and continue to reside on the East Coast with frequent visits to Montana and Wyoming.