About Us

Founded in 1997, SilTek is an innovative, sustainable IT and energy solutions company headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. We are a Woman-Owned, small disadvantaged business that specializes in providing comprehensive, quality technology solutions, energy management and systems engineering management consulting services to the Federal government and private sector. SilTek is focused on quality service delivery.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission: To enable our customers with innovative tools to manage their resources.

Our Vision: To be the leader in sustainable resource management.

Our Values:
  • Customer and Employee Centricity
  • Integrity, Trust, Mutual Respect
  • Social Responsibility
  • Environmental Responsibility

Leadership Team

Barbara Schipper, Chief Executive Officer
Barbara Schipper brings more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in both government and commercial business. She currently provides direction for the operations for SilTek and oversight for the development of federal budgeting systems, systems development, geographic information systems (GIS), consulting services, business solutions, corporate operations, task performance, client management and other key projects. As a corporate officer, she is responsible for corporate operations and human resources and she is a member of the Board of Directors for SilTek. She manages a technical staff of analysts and programmers that conduct full life cycle development activities for SilTek's client. Activities included monitoring task progress and schedule adherence, quality assurance, perparing management reports, developing technical and cost proposals for time and material (T&M) tasks, staffing, marketing, and extensive client interaction.

Eric Zelsdorf, Chief Technology Officer
As SilTek's CTO, Eric Zelsdorf brings more than 20 years of diverse technology expertise in support of the company's strategic direction. Mr. Zelsdorf provides expertise in systems engineering, information technology, and emergency management experience related to enterprise and solutions architecture, governance, program management support, systems design and implementation, service oriented architecture (SOA) design, information assurance, accreditation, and integration. He was the principal architect for the first "out of the box" SOA implementation known as Aquifer.

Mr. Zelsdorf also brings more than 8 years of energy engineering and energy architecture to the SilTek team, providing guidance into emerging markings (such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro), power purchase agreements (PPA), and the application of enterprise architecture to complex energy programs. He also provides technology guidance to the client in the application of renewable energy to disaster response. He holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Chemistry from the George Washington University.

Herbert B. Quinn, Advisor
Mr. Quinn is a retired Army Brigadier General and registered Professional Engineer with over 20 years of senior technical and management experience in the Federal government and private industry. Federal experience includes serving as Senior Logistician with the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), directing a research branch for NASA supporting the Apollo Program, and EPA Assistant Administrator and Director of the Office of Research and Development (ORD) Water Research Program where he prepared the water quality criteria that currently serves as the basis for state drinking water standards. Major awards include the Hugh Dryden Fellowship at Harvard University, Presidential Legion of Merit, State Department’s International Guest Lecturer Award covering U.S. environmental policy, and the Enterprise Systems Architect Award for the White House. Mr. Quinn is a retired member of the U.S. Army Reserve and the Federal Senior Executive Service. Private sector experience includes leading several successful engineering firms, such as founder and CEO of Systems Management Engineering, Inc. (SMEI), and CEO of SilTek, Inc. Mr. Quinn is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and other military and professional organizations. Education includes graduate degrees in Engineering Management & Systems Engineering from The George Washington University and Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Alabama.