Since 2014, Mr Nitsche has been the owner of Nitsche & Associates, LLC which is a Virginia-based consulting firm that provides strategic business development and technical analysis support to companies involved in the conceptualization, design, development and evaluation of high-risk, high-payoff distributed sensing systems.
From June 2005 to February 2014, Mr. Nitsche was the Senior Vice President of the Applied Physical Sciences (APS) Corporation and was a member of the APS Board of Directors. He was responsible for starting, building and managing the APS Washington Office. He was also responsible for strategic business development across the company and played a lead role in capturing several major DARPA programs. These programs involved the use of distributed sensors coupled with automated signal and information processing and the conduct of complex ocean tests designed to demonstrate system performance in the harsh environment of their intended operational use.
From January 1972 to February 2005, Mr Nitsche was a Vice President of BBN Technologies and served as the Director of BBN’s Washington Operations. In addition, he was responsible for building and managing the Sensor Systems and Technologies Department that was located in Arlington, VA . This multi-disciplinary department played a key role in BBN Technologies’ advanced sonar programs for DARPA as well as the successful development and sale of other advanced non-acoustic sensor systems research and products. In response to the world situation at the time, he led the transformation of the department from a focus on deep-water antisubmarine warfare to solving problems involving littoral undersea warfare, urban warfare and homeland security.
As a technical contributor over his career, he has authored or co-authored over thirty papers and presentations published in various technical journals and international proceedings. He has served as an Adjunct Lecturer (Fluid Dynamics, Underwater Acoustics, Signal Processing and Advanced Sonar Design) and as Chairman of the School of Engineering's Board of Visitors at The Catholic University of America. He is currently a member of the Board of Advisors to the ME and EE/CS Departments.
Mr Nitsche received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America and graduate degrees in Fluid Dynamics and High-Speed Gas Dynamics from Catholic University and the University of Rochester, respectively.
Mr. Nitsche is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is also a member of the Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor societies.