Who We Are


Gary M. Gilmartin – Founder

Gary Gilmartin is the Founder of Gilmartin Engineering Works.  Gilmartin had more than 30 years of nuclear plant operations, construction and strategic weapons programs experience. As a leading energy expert, Gilmartin applied his nuclear construction expertise and a unique combination of experience in management, energy systems and engineering to solve complex problems and support the energy and nuclear business sector. Gilmartin excelled in assignments in plant operations, engineering, and quality assurance including completing Naval service achieving rank of Lieutenant Commander and qualifying for command of a Trident Nuclear Submarine. He served on the ASME NQA-1 engineering and procurement subcommittee.

Gilmartin worked at the Y-12 National Security Complex where he was responsible for the growth of complementary work missions in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Lab.

Before joining Y-12, Gilmartin served as a product line manager for Diamond Power International, a subsidiary of the B&W Corporation. Gilmartin managed research, design and implementation of boiler optimization equipment.

Prior to work in the commercial sector, Gilmartin served 20 years in the Naval Nuclear Power Program.  He retired as a Lieutenant Commander, qualified for command of a Trident Nuclear Submarine.  His tours included the USS Pennsylvania construction and commissioning, USS Tennessee, Strategic Weapons and Operations Officer at the Naval Reactors Facility S5G Prototype in Idaho Falls, ID.

Gilmartin holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Brenau University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


Sara B. Gilmartin – President

 Since its inception in 2010, Sara Gilmartin has been with Gilmartin Engineering Works assisting with day to day operations. She enjoys the challenges and rewards of owning a small business. She brings honesty, hard work, and dedication to the table. Carrying on the Gilmartin legacy, Mrs. Gilmartin is committed to quality, excellence, and client relationships built on integrity.
Mrs. Gilmartin holds a B.S. in Nursing from Marquette University and enjoys serving as a volunteer at the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge. An active member of the HABIT pet therapy program, she and her dog visit local schools and nursing homes regularly.


Todd Gilmartin photoTodd E. Gilmartin- Project Manager

Todd Gilmartin is a skilled Project Manager in Strategic Planning and Constructability Engineering. As the lead for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility planning team, he achieved all corporate objectives within budget and schedule. His experience includes work with CB&I Project Services in Aiken, South Carolina. He earned his BS in Construction Management at Georgia Southern University. He possesses specific skills in SmartPlant, Microsoft Access, P6, and other data management tools. He has unique expertise in nuclear glovebox and process systems installation and operations.


Megan N. Gilmartin – Visual Image Developer

Megan Gilmartin,  President of Mekka Swim Inc., graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2014, with a B.S. in Business and Apparel Design. She specializes in the unique development of brand identity, logo design, website development, and creative directing. Exhibiting her work at major events, such as The Masters and multiple events on Sea Island,  has helped Megan Gilmartin’s name become recognized in the southeast’s design industry.


Fred-Tompkins_1178119674-thumb[1]-thumbFred D. Tompkins – Chief Engineering Officer

Distinguished Professor of Biosystems Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville;  Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Tennessee System; Director, Oak Ridge Office of University of Tennessee

Ph.D.  Agricultural Engineering, University of Tennessee, 1974
B.S.    Agricultural Engineering, University of Tennessee, 1971
Completed multiple national leadership institutes and academies, 1991- Present

Mr. Tompkins serves on the governing boards of a number of local and regional not-for-profit organizations promoting regional economic development and of certain early-stage technology-based for-profit companies.


Richard VonRoble – Software Engineer

Mr. VonRoble has more than 30 years of experience in the development, management, and evaluation of computer software and digital controls systems and the attendant application of NQA-1 and DOE quality assurance provisions to those systems.

Richard served in the US Navy Nuclear power program as an Electronics Technician 1st Class Petty Officer and Reactor Operator onboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Nuclear Power Training Unit as a staff instructor.  After the military he earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering at the University of Florida and spent many years as a lead Software Engineer in charge of development and testing for many large industrial, DOE and DoD programs.  Highly specialized in performing Software Commercial Grade Dedication, System Validation and Verification, Critical Digital Review, Cyber security assessment, NQA-1 Software Quality Assurance and Software Development Life Cycle program implementation.

Mr. VonRoble is an NQA-1 Lead Auditor and a qualified Capability Maturity Model Integration Appraiser.  He was a member of the recently completed independent expert evaluation team for the WTP Project’s digital control systems and software quality program.  Rich also serves as member of the ASME NQA-1 Subcommittee on Software Quality Assurance.  He was a member of the WTP CAMP, WTP MIP and the WTP QAP Assessment Teams.


hugh ward head shotHugh B. Ward – General Council 

Mr. Ward, an Oak Ridge resident since 1991, was a federal prosecutor in East Tennessee for 17 years and was involved in all phases of criminal investigations and prosecutions of federal gun laws, white collar crime, organized crime, drug trafficking and national security issues. He participated in the Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Eastern District of Tennessee and held top-secret security clearance.

He retired from federal service in 2009, and has extensive experience in all phases of investigation and litigation involving complex financial matters, and national security issues, including numerous jury and non-jury trials in federal court.

Mr. Ward graduated from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania in 1975 with a B.A. in History. He received an M.A. in International Economics from American University in Washington, D.C. and from L’Universite de Franche-Comte in Besancon, France in 1980 and graduated from George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia in 1987.

Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) Oak Ridge Tennessee
Oak Ridge Rotary Club, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Serves on the Board of Building and Housing Code of Appeals for the City of Oak Ridge
Serves on the Board of Directors for the Oak Ridge Convention Visitor Bureau

Jesse Werden – Project Engineer

Jesse Werden has a Master’s of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Jesses studied the mechanical and thermal properties of Pb-free solder alloys for the microelectronics industry under the sponsorship of the Semiconductor Research Corporation.