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USA. Quantum Sails announces new Vice President for Engineering & Design

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Robert Ranzenbach, Ph.D. has joined Quantum Sail Design Group as Vice President of Engineering and Design where he is responsible for planning and coordinating new product development as well as managing the company’s research, development and design teams. He reports to Quantum President Ed Reynolds.

Dr. Ranzenbach is an aerodynamic engineer with over 30 years of programmatic, managerial, and technical experience spanning a broad array of design issues related to sailing and motor yachts, conventional and high speed naval vessels, automobiles, airplanes, underwater bodies, and dynamically loaded flexible membrane structures.

He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Naval Architecture from Webb Institute and earned Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Quantum President Ed Reynolds says Dr. Ranzenbach is uniquely qualified to lead Quantum’s innovation strategy. “As an avid sailor, aerodynamic engineer, and consultant to the sailing industry, Robert understands sailing performance. As a highly experienced technology development leader who has worked in other sectors, he brings a fresh perspective to planning, developing and executing innovative solutions.” Adds Reynolds, “Robert’s expertise spans the top of the mast to the bottom of the keel. He will help propel Quantum to the forefront of sail technology and development. We’re delighted to have him on board.”

Most recently, Dr. Ranzenbach applied his expertise to the positions of Live Fire Test and Evaluation

Manager and Technology Development Program Manager for U.S. Navy programs such as the Littoral Combat Ship and the Mobile Landing Platform. Prior, Dr. Ranzenbach was Research & Development Director at Donald L. Blount & Associates where he planned, developed, and executed comprehensive computational and experimental programs, risk mitigation efforts, and new technologies focused on the advancement of high-speed yachts and the development of supercavitating munitions.

At the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel (GLMWT) at the University of Maryland, Dr. Ranzenbach served as Manager of Research & Business Development where he was responsible for the development of the first experimental off wind sail evaluation capability in the U.S. and studied the aerodynamic performance of off wind sails for the Whitbread/Volvo, America’s Cup, and other record breaking monohulls. “For the last 20 years, I have been working at the forefront of the connection between aerodynamics and hydrodynamics,” says Dr. Ranzenbach. “I look forward to applying this expertise to the development of new sailing solutions as well as looking for efficiencies and economies to be gained through engineering and production methods.”

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 March 2015 )