Staff

Applied Ballistics is comprised of industry leading experts.  Nowhere else in the shooting industry can you find such an elite team of professionals working together toward the common goal of pushing the envelope of long range shooting.  From Ballistics R&D and cutting edge electronics to professional field craft training, Applied Ballistics is the modern one stop shop for anything related to the science of accuracy.

 

Bryan Litz – Ballistician

Bryan earned his Aerospace Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University in 2002. For the next 6 years, he worked for the US Air Force on Air-to-air missile design, modeling and simulation. In November 2008, he left the government and became the Chief Ballistician for Berger Bullets. Bryan founded Applied Ballistics and has produced numerous articles, books, and videos related to the science of long range shooting.

 

 

Nick Vitalbo – Principal Engineer

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Nick earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Computer Science from Bucknell University.  For the next 8 years, he worked for Lockheed Martin where he was the engineering program manager and chief engineer for Lockheed Martin’s Precision Engagement Technology Group.  Nick was responsible for the developing the system design of the One Shot wind measurement system and is the principal investigator for several wind measurement and ballistics programs within the U.S. government.   Nick has partnered with Applied Ballistics and has been responsible for the development and integration of the hardware and software for the Applied Ballistics Kestrel devices, the Rapid Engagement Modules, the Wind Sensor Array systems, as well as the Applied Ballistics Tactical Application (US military only).   His specialties include  hardware / software Integration, laser beam propagation, and EO/IR sensors systems.

 

 

Dan Periard – Principal Engineer

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Dan earned a dual B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering & Physics from Clarkson University in 2006, followed by a Master of Engineering degree in Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University. From 2007 to 2011, Dan worked several different roles in Lockheed Martin’s Precision Engagement Technology group, including lead test engineer and ballistics expert on the One Shot program, and lead systems engineer on the DInGO digital riflescope program. Dan has continued to support various US government sniper-related programs in an engineering capacity. With Applied Ballistics, he has served as the lead systems and mechanical engineer for AB’s Rapid Engagement Modules and Wind Sensor Array systems, as well as working with Mr. Litz to optimize the WEZ tool for public release. His specialties include ballistics modeling, systems engineering, and CAD modeling & simulation.

 

 

Todd Hodnett – Military Field Consultant

ToddCropAccuracy 1st provides superior sniper training/techniques to the highest levels of Military snipers. Todd Hodnett, President of Accuracy 1st, is considered one of the most respected and sought after instructors in the entire world. With 20 years experience, Todd has traveled the world training soldiers in the art of precision shooting. His determination, knowledge and vision has provided guidance for products to improve the accuracy and function of the sniper. For this reason Todd Hodnett partnered with Prodigy Group, Inc.

 

 

Jennifer Fiorenzo – Bookkeeper

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Bryan’s little sister, Jennifer, joined Applied Ballistics LLC in April 2011. She moved from central Pennsylvania and is now the primary bookkeeper for Applied Ballistics. Jennifer graduated from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2005 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and minors in Psychology and Alternative Education. She worked one-on-one with special-needs children before becoming a Lead Teacher at a daycare. Her time and experience working in these fields have left Jennifer with a need to keep things organized, and the patience to take on any new task.

 

William Litz – Lab Technician

IMG_0261s Bill enlisted in the Army in 1977 and attended basic at Ft. Dix, NJ. From there he attended Advanced Infantry School and Advanced Airborne School, then transferred to the 172 Light Infantry Brigade  in Alaska. While in Alaska he was awarded the EIB (Expert Infantryman Badge). Bill then transferred to the 101 Airborne Division and attended Air Assault School and completed the Recondo Course. In 1981, Bill joined the Pennsylvania National Guard and was accepted into the Active Guard Reserve Tour in Kane, Pa in 1985. Bill served as Supply Sgt. and Training NCO. In 1990, he transferred to Lock Haven, 728 Main Support Battalion as the Battalion Supply Sgt. Bill retired from the Army in 2002 as a SFC. Bill joined Applied Ballistics in February 2012. He moved from his home in central Pennsylvania and is now a technician in the Applied Ballistics Laboratory.

 

 

Doc Beech – Technical Support Engineer/Website Administrator

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Before joining the Applied Ballistics team, Doc spent the last ten years in the military; having served multiple deployments to Iraq as a Corpsman of Marines, and graduated with Honors from both Corps School and the top of his class at Field Medical Service School, earning his Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist device in Iraq. Shooting his entire life, having grown up in East Texas, Doc’s childhood consisted of hunting and fishing. Doc is a Wounded Warrior Alumni, VFW Life Member, Marine Corps League Member and NRA Member.

Doc is a hunter, outdoorsman and competitive shooter; in all aspects of bow hunting, long-range,3 Gun and Pistol. He’s currently in school getting a degree in Computer Sciences and Electronics Engineering.”

 

Alan Barnhart – Lab Technician

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Al spent 4 years in the Navy in the late-70s as an aircraft engine mechanic and worked on F14 Tomcats in Pt Mugu Naval Air Station, California. This is where he became interested in shooting. Al spent his early shooting career in handgun silhouette winning a Michigan championship in 1985.  He started shooting F-class in 2006, and is a F-class midrange and long range High Master. He began shooting team events with the Michigan F-TR team in 2013.  With the Michigan team he won a Gold medal at the 2013 Berger SW Nationals, a Bronze medal at the 2013 F Class World Championships and a Gold medal at the 2015 Sinclair East Coast Full Bore Nationals. The Michigan FTR Team are the 2015 mid-range National Champions. Al’s highest individual awards are the overall F-TR win at the 2015 Sinclair East Coast Full Bore Nationals and 1st place in the Eastern Regional Canadian championship. AL has 9 FTR national records. He achieved his highest shooting accomplishment by being named to the US F-TR team.

 

Kathy Barnhart – Office Manager/Sales

Kathy has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northwood University.  She spent 20 years working in customer service and production at a large printing company and is the co-owner of a campground with her husband Al.   Prior to joining Applied Ballistics, she was the business manager and administrator for two local companies.  She was also just re-elected clerk of her township.  Kathy likes to make life fun, knitting and crocheting and going to shooting tournaments in a support capacity.

 

Mitchell Fitzpatrick – Intern

M. FitzpatrckMitch entered the shooting world in 2013 by entering F-Class Target Rifle competition. He, along with his father, are self-taught gunsmiths that have a passion for precision rifle shooting. Mitch’s shooting accomplishments range from Junior FTR World Champion in 2013, earning a place on the US Rifle Team for the 2017 World Championship cycle, to taking first place at the 2016 King of 2 Miles Extended Long Range shooting competition. He joined the Applied Ballistics team in 2014 as an intern. Mitch is currently an undergraduate student at Michigan Technological University perusing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aeronautical Engineering while continuing to learn about the science behind external ballistics and gain a wide base of knowledge and experience from the Applied Ballistics team of professionals.