Tom Gustafson“It’s exciting to see the company shift its focus to new product development and emphasis on marketing.  My role is to investigate in new products, new materials, new processes, and help coordinate all software implementations as necessary.  We will also be doing a significant amount of internal and external training and developing resources.”

Thomas J. Gustafson is the Chief Technology Officer for Hartzell Air Movement where he has been employed since 1988.  Tom holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University.  He began his career working at Trane Company where he worked various positions such as Design Engineer, Senior Design Engineer, and also Fan Design Principle Engineer, all over a 9 year period.  Tom first accepted a position at Hartzell working as an Application Engineer, but was quickly promoted to Engineering Manager, a position he held for five years.  He next became The Vice President of Engineering for the remainder of the time, until being promoted to his current position in December 2011.

Tom is a member of The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), The American Society of Materials (ASM), The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA).  During his time at Hartzell, Tom has many achievements including being  the champion of the design concept for the one-piece solid fiberglass FA wheel and was the principal author of our most recent patent, which reduced the sound levels on our AL prop.  Tom also spends some of his time outside of Hartzell giving back to the community as the treasurer, deacon, and song leader at his church.