Stephen A. Ingalls has served as Catalyzer’s President since 2011, and its President and CEO since early 2015. In addition, Mr. Ingalls leads the organization’s program management, curriculum development, and program execution efforts. Prior to joining Catalyzer in March 2010, Mr. Ingalls led and directed operations ranging from climate research in Antarctica and Greenland to attack helicopter deployments throughout the United States, Europe, and Korea. A 1982 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Ingalls holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas, a Master of Military Art and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a former Instructor and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at West Point and an Instructor of Tactics at the Command and General Staff College.
Highlights of his 22-year Army career include: facilitating the Army’s analog-to-digital transition in the late-1990s; the distinction of being the first brigade-level aviation operations officer in the Army’s history to lead a 4,400-soldier brigade combat team to a major deployment at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California; serving as a Longbow Apache Battalion Commander – responsible to form, field, train, and lead the fourth AH64D-equipped organization and first to deploy outside of the United States; and developing a 15-year strategic plan for over 30,000 Army forces throughout Korea to address Army transformation through 2015.
While on active duty, then LTC Ingalls received numerous Army awards and decorations. These include: the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Tribal Order of the Athapaskan for significant contributions to the Apache (Helicopter) Fighting Force, and Noble Patron of Armor by the Armor Association for contributions to the combat readiness of armor and cavalry formations. He is a qualified fixed and rotary-wing aviator, with over 1,300 hours of flight time in 11 different aircraft. Mr. Ingalls holds multiple FAA certifications.
He won a NASA-American Society of Engineering Educators Fellowship to Johnson Manned Spaceflight Center in the summer of 1994, where he analyzed next-generation space shuttle designs. In 2010, Mr. Ingalls was admitted into Sigma Gamma Tau, the National Honor Society in Aerospace Engineering, and he received his certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute in 2011.
Today, his greatest joys are his marriage to Cara, mentoring his children into adulthood, and serving gleefully as Elijah’s and Adalynn’s grandfather.