The members of the Cryomech team are the trailblazers of removing heat at cryogenic temperatures. Based upon the technology developed by Cryomech Founder William E. Gifford and the principles implemented by his son, Peter, Cryomech has enjoyed more than 50 years of cryogenic innovation. We are unafraid of the unknown and inspired by the thrill brought on by new challenges.
A key component of our success is our ability to adapt to our customers’ demands. Our ability to be both open and flexible forges the way to discovering the custom cryogenic solutions that our customers demand.
Chief Operation Officer
Richard Dausman is currently the chief operating officer at Cryomech and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University. Mr. Dausman joined Cryomech in 1976 and has held a number of positions within the company. Rich continues to be a key contributor in fostering the steady growth and development of Cryomech into a leading manufacturer of cryogenic systems. Before his current position, he was vice president of engineering. His activities focused on the design, development and manufacturing of the company’s broad product line. He has extensive experience in a wide range of cryogenic techniques, applications and systems integration. Mr. Dausman is a member of the Cryomech Board of Directors and chairman of the 18th International Cryocooler Conference hosted in Syracuse, New York, in June 2014. His peers elected him to the Cryogenic Engineering Conference Board of Directors.
Chief Business Officer
Kelly has nearly 30 years’ experience in technology management, strategy, business development and engineering. She joined Cryomech in January 2014 as director of strategic planning. She previously led Strategy and Product Management for Saab ’s global Traffic Management Division and has held leadership roles at Lockheed Martin and GE. Kelly led two technology startup companies as president/CEO. Kelly’s background includes managing international technology and infrastructure projects in over 20 countries, merger and acquisition experience, and experience leading complex product development initiatives. Kelly started her career as an RF design engineer at GE and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering. She is a graduate of GE’s Management Training program and the Leadership of Greater Syracuse program.
Kelly is a past president of the US Canoe Association and has held multiple board positions for nonprofit and startup companies.
Prototype/New Product Technology Director
Brent Zerkle, Cryomech’s director of prototyping, received his degree as a model maker from Onondaga Community College. He apprenticed under Peter Gifford beginning in 1982, when he joined the Cryomech team. At that time, there were only four other employees. In his time with Cryomech, he has designed most of the fixtures used here today, including a number of parts for the cold heads in extensive cryorefrigerator lines. His work on special projects here at Cryomech includes Helium Recovery Systems, Helium Reliquefiers and Special Cryostats. When someone says that a project is impossible, Mr. Zerkle takes that as a personal challenge to make it possible.