Founding

1980

In the beginning

Circa 1980 Mitch Ruda & Al Greynolds have an office in Tucson working for a former company.

1984

Before the founding

Founders Mitch Ruda, Kay Dorman, Ken Castle, Tilman Stuhlinger worked together at a small aerospace company headquartered in Southern California ~1984

1993

Hubble Repair

In 1993 Mitch Ruda joined and participated in the Hubble Repair team

Nov,
1994

Ruda & Associates, Inc

Ruda & Associates, Inc. was founded as a consulting firm by four principals of the company, Mitchell Ruda, Cathryn Dorman, Kenneth Castle and Tilman Stuhlinger. Together they have established a thriving and vibrant business in commercial, military, cinema, medical and industrial markets.

1998

Beyond Consulting

In 1998, Ruda & Associates started receiving frequent requests for building hardware

May,
2000

Cardinal Optics, Inc.

Cardinal Optics, Inc., a sister company, was established to meet the needs of customers seeking conversion of Ruda and Associates' engineering solutions into prototype and production hardware. Cardinal Optics complemented Ruda & Associates by offering production, prototyping and product testing of opto-mechanical systems.

2003

Al Greynolds

2003 Al Greynolds joins Ruda & Associates and develops the next generation straylight and illumination design software GELOE

Feb,
2009

Ruda-Cardinal, Inc.

In February, 2009, the two companies merged to become Ruda-Cardinal, Inc., offering the same innovative and outstanding services, now with expanded capacities.

2010

Collegial Affiliate

In 2010 Ruda-Cardinal participates as an industrial affiliate at the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona and supports the senior design and capstone projects for students.

Aug 31,
2013

A passing of a great in the world of optics

August 31st, 2013 Mitch Ruda passed away and Ken Castle became the company president.

Early,
2014

The torch still carried on

Ken Castle began teaching Ruda-Cardinals legendary optical alignment short course in early 2014.

Nov,
2014

Two Decades of Excellence

November 2014, Ruda-Cardinal reaches their 20th year anniversary.