Robert Ranzenbach has joined the Quantum Sail Design Group as vice president of engineering and design, responsible for planning and coordinating new product development and managing the company’s research, development and design teams.
Ranzenbach is an aerodynamic engineer with more than 30 years of programmatic, managerial and technical experience related to sailing and motoryachts, conventional and high-speed naval vessels, automobiles, airplanes, underwater bodies and dynamically loaded, flexible membrane structures.
He received a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture from the Webb Institute and earned master’s and doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland.
Reynolds said 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,” Reynolds said in a statement. “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.”
Most recently, Ranzenbach applied his expertise to the positions of live fire test and evaluation manager and technology development program manager for Navy programs such as the Littoral Combat Ship and the Mobile Landing Platform.
Previously he was research and development director at Donald L. Blount & Associates, where he planned, developed and executed computational and experimental programs, risk mitigation efforts and new technologies focused on the advancement of high-speed yachts and the development of supercavitating munitions.
“Robert’s expertise spans the top of the mast to the bottom of the keel,” Reynolds said. “He will help propel Quantum to the forefront of sail technology and development. We’re delighted to have him on board.”