Software Re-Engineering Startup Tangram Flex Names Ricky Peters CEO

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Former Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) exec joins startup revolutionizing how embedded systems are created and modernized

Tangram Flex today named Ricky L. Peters as CEO, after a distinguished Air Force leadership career. In addition to serving as Executive Director, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he served in numerous leadership positions in Air Force Materiel Command, the Aeronautical Systems Center, Arnold Engineering Development Center, and in Air Force Test and Evaluation. Peters is uniquely qualified to help Tangram Flex tackle the challenge of modernizing DoD systems and helping enterprises that need to quickly reconfigure large and complex embedded systems.

Tangram Flex was spun out from Portland-based Galois earlier this year and provides smart tooling to quickly reconfigure large and complex embedded systems such as land, sea, and air vehicles, satellites, and industrial systems. The Tangram platform enables the reuse of existing components alongside new capabilities, while providing strong guarantees of system safety and correctness. Tangram turns previously monolithic, outdated systems into flexible, modular, and secure modern platforms. The technology is based on decades of research and innovation supported by the U.S. Department of Defense in creating provably safe embedded systems and “systems of systems” architectures.

“I am thrilled to lead a talented and growing Tangram Flex team and we are focused on supporting our expanding list of clients,” said Peters. “There is a growing need across the Department of Defense for adaptable systems that can be guaranteed secure. We are positioned well to capitalize on this ever-increasing need.”

Tangram Flex Chairman, and Galois CEO, Dr. Robert Wiltbank adds: “Ricky’s expertise is exactly the leadership needed to lead Tangram to dramatically impact the modernization of DoD embedded systems, and reinforces an already great team. He understands the technology and true customer pain points in ways that can only be learned through years of firsthand experience.”

Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, Tangram Flex is rapidly expanding. Email or visit for more information on Tangram’s open positions.

About Tangram Flex
Tangram Flex modernizes systems engineering with incredibly flexible and precise integration of components for re-use across systems. The platform and advanced modules are the result of decades of investment into advancing the safety and security of cyber physical systems. Tangram’s expertise is rooted in 19 years of Galois computer science R&D work focused on creating provably secure and safe systems for DARPA, the I.C., Navy, Air Force, and NASA. To learn more about Tangram Flex, visit

About Galois
Founded in 1999, Galois is a research and development lab that collaborates with commercial, defense, and intelligence organizations to tackle some of the world’s most difficult challenges in computer science. Galois obsesses over the reliability, safety and security of critical systems, and transitions cutting-edge, government-funded research into applied solutions that serve defense and commercial organizations. Other Galois spin-offs include Tozny (, Formaltech (, and Free & Fair ( For additional information on Galois, visit

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