Ralph Tillinghast began his career outside the DOD designing and developing medical and industrial endoscopic devices. He came to ARDEC in 2001working in the Mortar Fire Control Systems Branch in WSEC. During this time, he held various roles as design engineer, lead system engineer, project lead and Army Project Officer, all within Fire Control. Currently Mr. Tillinghast is the Science and Technology advisor for the Fire Control System & Technology Directorate and is also the director of the Collaboration Innovation Lab, which he stood up. This position is focused on identifying and developing new technologies that can positively impact the Warfighter, while creating collaborative relationships among government and commercial groups to ensure the best possible solutions are developed. Further, Mr. Tillinghast continues to be a subject matter expert on digitized fire control providing support and guidance on multiple programs.