Our Leadership Team

Chris Bakker, CEO

Chris Bakker  |  Chief Executive Officer

Founder and CEO Chris Bakker is responsible for implementing Tech 180’s mission in every facet of the business. He oversees research and development in addition to guiding the direction of the company. Prior to founding Tech180, he held roles as a field sales engineer, systems engineer, and business development manager of aerospace test for National Instruments.

In those roles, he saw firsthand the systemic issues inherent to building test systems. He spent his career helping customers create those systems and realized everyone struggled with the same problems in design, assembly, and validation of test systems — problems he now helps them solve through Tech180’s modular, reconfigurable platform.

Chris has extensive experience with data acquisition, automated test, and embedded systems and has previously been published by IEEE AutoTestCon. He holds a degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science / Materials Science.

Burt Snover, CTO

Burt Snover  |  Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer Burt Snover comes to Tech180 with more than a decade of experience creating innovative test and control applications. As CTO, he manages the engineering team, promoting effective collaboration to advance the company’s mission of simplifying test coverage through reconfigurable, modular platforms.

An expert in real-time hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing, Burt constantly comes up with new ideas to simplify engineering — ideas he’s able to put into practice every day at Tech180.

Burt’s career path makes him uniquely suited for the CTO position at an aerospace startup. Before becoming Tech180’s CTO, he worked in engineering at National Instruments, where he became a certified LabVIEW Architect. He held roles in support and application marketing but spent the bulk of his time in systems engineering with a focus on embedded and real-time test. These diverse roles have provided him with a deep understanding of all aspects of aerospace testing and a belief that it was possible to build a better test system.

Burt holds a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. When he’s not working to advance Tech180’s engineering goals, Burt enjoys volleyball and plays keyboard in a band that performs surf rock covers of movie soundtracks.

Roy Walker, COO

Roy Walker  |  Chief Operating Officer

Roy Walker is an accomplished aerospace engineer who has spent 35 years leading the design and production of test systems for prominent companies worldwide. He brings those decades of experience to Tech180, where he serves as Chief Operating Officer.

Roy strives to build better test systems — a core principle he uses to advance Tech180 as a leader in the aerospace industry.

Prior to joining Tech180, Roy worked for UTC Aerospace Systems (now Collins Aerospace Systems, formerly Hamilton Sundstrand) before becoming the Business Unit Manager at Bloomy Controls. In those roles, he led the development of specific products for real-time test and simulation systems focused on hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test, designed and built test systems for electro-mechanical aircraft subsystems — including flight and engine controls — and developed real-time software for Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADEC) for large commercial and military gas turbine engines.

Roy has previously been published by IEEE AutoTestCon and presented with National Instruments as part of an NIWeek keynote address. He has also been a National Instruments-certified LabVIEW Developer.

Roy holds a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Computer Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. When he’s not overseeing the development of test systems, he performs on waterskis in showskiing events with his family.