Franz is a systems engineer serving as chief scientist at Hala Systems, where he leads development of technology designed to save civilian lives in war zones. Previously, he worked for nearly 15 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory on an array of national security projects. Franz has been a part of teams that have designed, analyzed, and developed a wide range of complex systems related to early warning, satellites, alternative energy, border protection, and even missile defense. He holds a PhD from Stanford University and a BS from MIT, both in aerospace engineering. His motivation comes from being a father of five children—he believes his children should live in a better world, and every other child should have the same opportunities his do.
I am most excited to work on projects that… save and improve the lives of suffering or at-risk civilians, especially children.
I am looking for partners that can help me… get the resources together to develop life-changing technology and access to deploying those solutions where they are needed most.
A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… speaking in large group settings and seeing the audience become excited by a new paradigm, where viewing problems from a new “system” perspective led them to realize new solutions and possibilities.
Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… integrate distributed sensor-controller-actuator systems that operate robustly in austere conditions.