Defense System Engineering, Integration & Test


KODA was founded on six decades of weapon system development experience – from hands-on engineering to executive leadership. We have been directly responsible for solving complex problems, developing highly technical products, and we delivered time after time. From designing radar systems to leading large-scale flight tests to managing international programs, we have a unique understanding of customer needs, deep domain expertise and proven technical skills. Our senior government decision-maker perspective, understanding of government organizations and experience integrating large multi-disciplinary teams make us distinctly qualified in our field.

Leadership Team

KODA Technologies Inc. was founded in 2017 by Julie Schumacher, a former engineer, program manager, and senior executive with both the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and the Missile Defense Agency. David Conrad is a missile defense expert and former principal member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Mel Belcher is a nationally recognized expert in sensor technology and former director of the Sensors and Electromagnetics Applications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. With 30 years in engineering and leadership as a government civilian and the last six in industry, Jackie Langhout is well-known and respected across the Redstone Community. An accomplished electrical engineer, Max Patin has also excelled in business system optimization and operations efficiency. The KODA leadership team brings both technical and management experience, as well as perspectives gained from leading government organizations.

Julie Schumacher

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Great Place to Work Certification

The Great Place to Work Certification is considered the global benchmark for identifying and recognizing outstanding team member experience. The certification is determined by anonymous team member survey responses, and over 10,000 companies from 60 countries apply each year. This year, 100% of our team members said KODA is a great place to work! This is compared to the U.S. average of 57%. KODA is committed to continuing this positive workplace experience for years to come!

Best Places to Work 2023

On Tuesday, May 9, with over 800 people in attendance, the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce announced the Bronze, Silver, and Gold winners of the 2023 Best Places to Work® Awards. KODA competed against 23 other organizations in the medium business category which included companies with 51-100 team members. KODA ranked #1 in this division to bring home the GOLD for the fourth year straight! KODA is proud to be a people-first company and believes our team members make KODA the best place to work!

Best Places to Work 2022

For the third straight year, KODA brought home the GOLD at the Best Places to Work® Awards for Huntsville/Madison County! After competing in the small business category for the past two years, company growth pushed KODA to the medium business bracket where they ranked #1 out of 22 businesses. This honor is based purely on results from team member surveys- results that executive leaders view as their “report card.” KODA is grateful for this award and is dedicated to preserving our positive work culture and prioritizing our people always!

Best Places to Work 2021

For the second year in a row, KODA was named the GOLD winner of the Best Places to Work Award! Best Places to Work recognizes the best workplaces across the county, and results are based on team member surveys. The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce made the award to KODA on October 25, 2021 at a luncheon with all of the contender companies. Out of 21 companies in the small business category, KODA was named the winner! KODA’s leadership is committed to living up to this award every single day!

#1 in Alabama on Inc. 5000: America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies

On August 17, 2021, Inc. Magazine revealed that KODA ranked #65 on the list of 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America. Companies on the list were ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2017 to 2020. In addition to being ranked #65 nationally, KODA Technologies was ranked #1 in Alabama and #1 in Huntsville! KODA thanks our customers, industry partners and most importantly, our team members, for this achievement!

Best Places to Work 2020

On June 16, 2020, KODA was named a “Best Places to Work” GOLD winner at the 2020 Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Best Places to Work Awards Event. Each year the Chamber honors micro, small, medium, large, and extra-large businesses; KODA was in the small business category with 21 other similar-sized companies. Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards were given in each of the five categories based on rankings. KODA brought home the GOLD award!

KODA Attributes

KODA, a Native American word meaning Allies, represents who we are as individuals and who we are as a company. We are Allies to our customers and to each other.

  • Highly Capable People
  • Team Culture
  • Mission-Driven
  • Complex Problem-Solvers
  • Technical Integrity
  • People-Focused


Radar Systems

  • Radar Design
  • BMD – Air Defense Radars
  • Discrimination Algorithm Design
  • High-Fidelity Modeling

Missile Systems

  • Technology Development
  • Hypersonic Systems
  • Missile Integration
  • Threat Engineering

Test Planning & Execution

  • Flight Testing & Operations
  • Tactical Data Link Testing
  • Ground/HWIL Test Design
  • Pre/Post Test Analysis

Systems Engineering & Integration

  • Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • System Performance Analysis
  • Technical Intelligence
  • System of Systems Modeling

Test Range Operations

  • Instrumentation Design
  • Instrumentation Application
  • Mission Control
  • Enterprise Management
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Program Management

  • Cybersecurity Management
  • International R&D
  • Strategic Planning
  • Organizational Optimization

Customers & Projects

We seek out customers with complex challenges on national priority projects in the areas of system modernization, rapid prototyping and testing, and cross-cutting technology development. We provide hands-on analytical products and high-end engineering services. Our current customers and projects are listed below.

Army Research & Development

  • Aircraft Survivability Equipment (PM ASE / PEO IEW&S)
  • Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (APNT CFT / AFC)
  • Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (RCCTO / USASMDC)
  • Navy Conventional Prompt Strike (via USASMDC)
  • Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IFMC / PEO M&S)
  • Reagan Test Site (ROC-H / USASMDC)
  • Space Operations (ROC-H / USASMDC)
  • Mission Execution Training Tools (USASMDC)

Missile Defense Agency

  • Hypersonic Defense System
  • GMD Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle
  • GMD Next Generation Interceptor
  • GMD Systems Engineering and Integration
  • Joint Analysis Team
  • Advanced Technology Projects
  • Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) FMS
  • Test Resources – Flight Test Instrumentation
  • Test Resources – Ground Test Infrastructure
  • Chief Architect’s Office

DISA Joint Interoperability Test Command

  • Tactical Data Link Testing

Contract Vehicles & Certifications

  • Missile Defense Agency
      • TEAMS
  • US Army
      • AMCOM EXPRESS (AvMC S3I, AvMC Lifecycle Engineering)
      • PEO M&S Support Services (IFMC)
      • SBIR (USASMDC)
  • US Navy
      • SeaPort Next Generation
  • NASA
      • Consolidated Program Support Services
      • TADIL Testing Support

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The Quality and Environmental Management Systems at the KODA Headquarters are ISO 9001 and 14001 certified by NSF-ISR.


KODA in the Community

Charitable giving is a KODA founding principle; we began charitable giving from the start in 2017. Today, through our “KODA Cares” program, our Team Members decide who receives assistance from our charitable giving fund. In addition, “KODA Serves” our community with service projects throughout the year.

Alliance for Opportunity and Development, 2023

First Stop, 2023
Building Project

House of the Harvest, 2023
Kitchen Appliances

Huntsville Botanical Garden, 2023
STEM Camp Scholarships for 12 Students

Kristine Pettoni Foundation, 2023
Accelerate Development Program Scholarships for 10 Mothers

Madison County Sherriff’s Office Reserve, 2023
Personal Protection Equipment

Nyayo, 2023
Cattle for Orphanage in Uganda

Aum Foundation, 2022
Pathway 2 Success Program 

First Stop, 2022
Supplies for the Homeless 

House of the Harvest, 2022
Food Bank Donation

Neighborhood Bridges – Ardmore, 2022
Food Bank Donation

Nyayo, 2022
Cattle for Orphanage in Uganda 

Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, 2022
Sidewalk Repair for Campus Foster Home

Always Endure, 2022
Adoption Expense Aid for Family

Alliance for Opportunity and Development, 2022

First Stop, 2022
Supplies for the Homeless 

Huntsville Inner City Learning Center, 2022
Technology for New STEAM Program

House of the Harvest, 2022
Food Bank Donation

Madison County Sherriff’s Office Reserve, 2022
Personal Protection Equipment

North Alabama Foster Closet, 2022
Clothing and Foster Parent Training Sessions

Nyayo, 2022
Cattle for Orphanage in Uganda

Patrons & Players, 2022
Student Scholarships for Extracurricular Activities

Raising Men & Women Lawn Care, 2022
Lawn Care Supplies for Kids

Always Endure, 2022
Adoption Expense Aid for Family


Join the KODA team



Radar Design & Integration
Missile Design & Integration
Ground Test / HWIL Design
Flight Test Planning & Execution
Test Range Operations
Systems Engineering & Integration
Program Management

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KODA Technologies Inc.
620 Discovery Drive
Building 2, Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35806