Director, Strategic Capabilities and Partnerships
David Ellis is the Director of Strategic Capabilities and
Partnerships at Ball Aerospace. In this role, he leads the strategic capabilities function for Ball engineering and is responsible for identifying, assessing and demonstrating new technologies, which further Ball’s capabilities to field solutions to our customers toughest problems. This includes running Ball’s Lab56 advanced development area and participating in various technology advancement projects internally, and with the IC and DoD, as well as scope and definition of critical internal R&D projects. Ellis also leads partnership efforts related to technology across the enterprise. Prior to this role, Ellis led advanced technology development for the Ball payload engineering area, and worked business development for the National Defense Strategic Business Unit. Ellis brings over 17 years of experience in electronics systems and aerospace. He was previously with Qualcomm Government, developing advanced communications systems as well as Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems. Ellis received a M.S. in electrical engineering and a M.S. in engineering management, both from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a member of the Project Management Institute with PMP certification. He regularly lectures at the University of Colorado in the aerospace projects graduate program and is on the engineering department industry advisory board for the Denver campus.