Verus Research Notches First Missile Defense Agency Contract

Verus Research has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for “Optimized Waveforms for X-Band Missile-Defense Radars.”  The objective of the MDA effort is to research and develop X-band waveforms that are both producible and optimal for missile-defense applications by leveraging the current state-of-the-art in commercially available radar electronics.

To meet MDA’s needs, Verus Research will leverage its extensive background in high power microwave effects modeling and simulation, test, and assessment. The program will develop bench-top hardware-in-the-loop (HITL) simulator architectures which incorporate state-of-the-art physics-based models. These architectures will then test, validate, and quantify the performance of novel radar waveforms in simulated operational environments during many-on-many (MoM) engagement interaction scenarios.

This is Verus Research’s first contract from MDA.  Chief Technology Officer Dr. J. Mark DelGrande noted “it’s exciting to see new customers come to Verus Research for the creation of novel solutions that matter.”

Verus Research Announces New Senior Director of Sensors and Instrumentation Group and Director of Human Resources

Verus Research announces the promotions of Fred Rahmer to senior director of its Sensors and Instrumentation Group, and Launi DeYoung to director of human resources.  In his new role, Rahmer will lead the organization’s programs in applied electronics, space, autonomy, and electronic warfare.  In her new role, DeYoung will manage the organization’s human resources division and will work across the company to identify and address topics ranging from human resources policy to cultural issues, and more.

“We are thrilled to promote Fred and Launi to help lead our award-winning team,” said Grady Patterson, chief executive officer of Verus Research.  “Both individuals have rich backgrounds in their respective fields and will provide the type of leadership that we strive for at Verus Research.  As a rapidly growing company, we always seek to provide an extraordinary work environment for our people and exceptional customer experience for our clients.  These two professionals will help us continue to meet those expectations.”

Rahmer has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, including the design, development, and implementation of indoor and outdoor testing elements.  Promoted from his position as technical director for directed energy test & evaluation at Verus Research, he was previously a program manager and team lead at SAIC and Leidos where he worked to plan and manage blast mitigation tests throughout the country.  He also has experience with high-power microwave systems and was previously the deployment lead and program manager for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s MAXPOWER system.  Rahmer received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lemoyne College in Syracuse, New York.

DeYoung has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, organizational design, and leadership development.  She has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 organizations.  Prior to joining Verus Research in her previous role as human resources manager, she owned and operated her own consulting firm, OrgWorks LLC.  Her firm worked with a variety of important clients including the U.S. Forest Service, the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Earlier, she spent nearly 15 years with Boeing Defense Systems working in human resources and leadership development roles.  DeYoung holds a master of science degree in organizational development from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  She has previously served on the board of Human Resources Association of New Mexico as vice president of communications and was president of the Rio Grande/Northern New Mexico Industrial Liaison Group.  DeYoung is also a Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional.

Verus Research to Provide Quick Reaction Capabilities With EMITTERS Award

In response to a need for “quick reaction capabilities” to help counter the growing threat posed by opposing forces’ unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), Verus Research has been selected to enhance its existing Directed Energy System Placement Analysis (DESPA) capability.

DESPA is a counter-UAS weapon mission planning tool that depicts the engagement of high-power microwave (HPM) systems against UAS targets in a 3-dimensional scene, with user controls to add, locate, and orient any available HPM sources. DESPA provides immediate visual cues to indicate first-order estimates of weapon range to effect and collateral damage potential. It provides controls for moving the HPM sources so that users can see in real time how the HPM coverage may change based on the number and placement of HPM weapons. Further, it has an automated interface to Verus Research’s Joint RF Effectiveness Model (JREM) which allows users to perform more detailed propagation analysis and generate second-order collateral damage estimates.

The new $450,000, 1-year effort awarded under Verus Research’s existing Test & Evaluation Non-Kinetic (TEN-K) contract will tailor DEPSA for test and evaluation (T&E) purposes and is called ElectroMagnetic Interactive Tool for Test & Evaluation of Rf Systems or EMITTERS.  EMITTERS will include tailored capabilities to support T&E of counter-UAS systems and the testing of HPM weapons. Its expanded capabilities will include an interactive, 3-dimensional view of outdoor effects testing and pre-defined scenarios for HPM test sites. It will model dynamic engagements and support export of artifacts for test planning and safety assessments, including hazard zones, effectiveness, and collateral damage.

As HPM systems begin to make their way into the battlespace, it will be increasingly important to quickly assess how well these systems will perform and identify any hazards they may pose. These Verus Research tools will be key to ensuring safe and effective operation of these new weapon systems.

Verus Research Notches First Contract Award From DARPA

Verus Research received its first-ever contract award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) with the Waveform Agile RF Directed Energy (WARDEN) contract. Should all options be exercised, this $5 million, 48-month effort seeks to develop hardware, theory, and computational models to extend the range and effectiveness of high-power microwave (HPM) systems for back-door attacks.

The contract scope specifically addresses electromagnetic interactions with electronics contained within enclosures and the effects on system operation. Planned research will leverage recent test methodologies and modeling approaches and extend them to broader classes of target systems to create a physics-based computational framework for the prediction of HPM effects.

To meet DARPA’s requirements as well as address the key questions delineated above, Verus Research will leverage our over three decades experience in researching and modeling the fundamental physical factors which govern the nonlinear, back-door interaction of high-power radio frequency (RF) emissions with complicated electronic systems of interest. This concentrated, effects-based effort will help guide the development of new HPM systems by extending their range and effectiveness and providing new HPM employment approaches for the Department of Defense.

The program is planned to deliver on an integrated approach across multiple Verus Research domains by using machine learning techniques in conjunction with RF predictive effects to devise more effective HPM waveforms.

Verus Research Soars in 2021 Flying 40 Accolades

For the sixth consecutive year, Verus Research earned a prominent place on the list of New Mexico’s fastest growing technology companies.

The Flying 40 awards, which launched in 1998, celebrate the success of the homegrown firms included on the annual list, while also drawing the state’s attention to the critical role New Mexico’s technology sector plays in diversifying the local economy.  To be considered for inclusion, company growth is measured over five years, from 2016 through 2020.

This year, Verus Research earned a spot on two lists, placing #8 among the top 10 firms in total revenue. Additionally, Verus Research checked in at #4 on the list of top 10 revenue growth rates for businesses with more than $10M in revenue.

The awards are sponsored by the Sandia Science and Technology Park Development Corp.  You can find complete coverage of this year’s honorees in the Albuquerque Journal by visiting these links: ( and (


Dan Treibel is One of Albuquerque Business First’s 2021 40 Under Forty honorees

Verus Research is proud to announce Dan Treibel’s selection as an Albuquerque Business First “40 Under Forty” honoree.

Each year, ABF recognizes the best and brightest young professionals — under the age of 40 — in New Mexico as part of its 40 Under Forty Awards.

Along with others so recognized, Dan puts in the work both inside and outside of the office to not only provide for his family, but for our community.  As noted in the coverage for this announcement, “when (the honorees) are asked to go above and beyond, they take that request to new heights.”

Dan presently serves as Senior Director for Sensors & Instrumentation.  On October 1st, as previously released, he will become Verus Research’s Chief Operating Officer.

Inc. Magazine Reveals Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

NEW YORK, August 17, 2021Inc. magazine today revealed that VERUS RESEARCH is No. 2,801 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

Not only have the companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but this year’s list also proved especially resilient and flexible given 2020’s unprecedented challenges. Among the 5,000, the average median three-year growth rate soared to 543 percent, and median revenue reached $11.1 million. Together, those companies added more than 610,000 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at The top 500 companies are featured in the September issue of Inc., which will be available on newsstands on August 20.

“The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing. This kind of accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership, and the help of a whole lot of people.”

Verus Research is #26 on New Mexico’s Top Private Companies List for 2021

Verus Research is proud to be named as the 26th largest private company in New Mexico for 2021.

Each year, Albuquerque Business First honors the area’s top private companies via its New Mexico Top Private Companies list. The annual rankings are compiled via a survey that is sent to New Mexico businesses, which asks them to provide their revenue for the latest fiscal year. Respondents are then ranked based on revenue amounts.

In addition to the #26 ranking for 2021, Verus Research was highlighted as being the youngest company on the list, having been founded in 2014.