Jake Sauer

Vice President and General Manager
Tactical Solutions

Rob FreedmanDr. Jake Sauer is vice president and general manager of the Tactical Solutions (TS) strategic business unit for Ball Aerospace. In this role, Dr. Sauer is responsible for Ball’s portfolio of advanced tactical mission systems and technology for instillation on military platforms, enabling warfighters to go forward bravely and return home safely.

Since joining Ball in 2012, Dr. Sauer has held numerous leadership positions within the company. As an Advanced Systems Manager, he established and grew Ball’s mission analysis capabilities, helping the nation to place critical hardware into the field quickly and efficiently. Then, as Director of Advanced Systems, Dr. Sauer was responsible for technology development and business capture for the business area. Most recently, Dr. Sauer served as the senior director of the Survivability and Strike (SAS) mission area, where he was responsible for the capture, design and development of tactical survivability and strike technology initiatives. His vision and business model for the mission area has put TS on the leading edge of technology development and helped solidify Ball as a true mission partner for the warfighter.

Dr. Sauer began his career in 2004 at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he worked for the U.S. Air Force Red Team on air vehicle survivability. There, he established the GPS Interference Laboratory and led numerous electronic warfare efforts. As a systems analyst, he specialized in electronic warfare in both Radio Frequency (RF) and Electro Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) regimes. In 2010, he was promoted to a group leader in the Tactical Systems group, where he led rapid prototyping and flight testing activities for the Red Team. He participated in several critical nationally-recognized studies, including various electronic warfare science advisory boards.

Dr. Sauer earned bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of Cologne in Germany, a master’s degree in physics and a Ph.D. in quantum computing and control from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In his spare time, he is dedicated to developing the next generation of aerospace leaders. He is a member of the industrial advisory board for Colorado State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department and is an active contributor to several STEM outreach programs.