Dr. Rudy Goldflam


Dr. Rudolf (Rudy) Goldflam is the Chief Technology Officer and a founder of Fifth Gait Technologies, Inc. In this role, Rudy is at the forefront of the company’s technological advancement and development of new ideas. He has served as mentor for other Fifth Gait executives as far back as the 1980’s and continues to provide mentorship to the upcoming generation of engineers and scientists at Fifth Gate. Prior to his role at Fifth Gait, Rudy was a Division Leader at Mission Research Corporation where he established a preeminent group of scientists focusing on survivability and electro-optics. Following the sale of MRC to ATK in 2004, Rudy became the Chief Scientist for the Electro-optics and Space Systems Division with ATK Mission Research. The primary focus of his work since the 1980s has been the development of missile defense systems from advanced interceptor concepts at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to, more recently, the interceptor technologies for government and many aerospace companies. He has developed seminal ideas in design and testing for many DoD systems and components currently in use.

As a recognized subject matter expert and a leader in areas of survivability, space and missile defense, and sensors and sensor systems, Rudy is regularly invited to speak, advise, and instruct for industry corporations, government agencies, and technical society meetings.

Rudy holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical Physics from the University of Houston, a Master of Science in Experimental Nuclear Physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science – Rehovot, Israel, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Nuclear Engineering from Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is an active member of the Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology (HEART) Society.

start your project with the fifth gait team

Our team is composed of renowned subject matter experts and the next generation of scientists, engineers, and analysts. We believe that our unicorns’ ‘fifth gait’ is the missing piece in your system’s survivability. We have three primary sites, several satellite locations, and a growing number of virtual offices.


Santa Barbara, CA
Corporate Headquarters
835 Puente Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Colorado Springs, CO
Goldflam Laboratory
5053 N 30th Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Huntsville, AL
Rocket City Laboratory
6767 Old Madison Pike
Building 3, Suite 300
Huntsville AL 35806