I joined the U.S Air Force at 18 as an F-16 crew chief. I have experience in Flight test, combat, phase, and depo level maintenance. After the Air Force, I received a commission in the U.S. Army where I served as the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Regimental officer. After military service, I moved to Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works) I worked as a Project Manager and Integrator. I focused on process improvement, budgets, planning, and resource maximization. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State and my Master of Business Administration from The University of Scranton’s Kania School of Management (KSOM). I am currently pursuing certifications in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. I joined AVC in the fall of 2018 and I am the Lead Faculty for the AFMT Baccalaureate program.
I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University in Polymer and Fiber Engineering. I currently serve as a Lead Engineer in the Materials and Process group at The Spaceship Company. Our group performs physical and mechanical testing to characterize materials and structures, in addition to controlling the processes by which the spaceships are built. Below is a couple of short videos about what we do:
I’ve been interested in aircraft since I was a little boy. I loved going to airshows to see them fly. So that probably explains why I joined the U. S. Air Force to become an aircraft mechanic as an adult. I became an aircraft crew chief on heavy bomber aircraft and worked on B-52’s, B-1’s and B-2’s. I’ve loved working around aircraft and am excited to be able to teach about them to the next generation. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I have also had the privilege to learn to fly and hold a commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating on fixed-wing aircraft. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my wife, our children, and our grandson.
I have 27 years of aviation experience, including military, Department of Defense and NASA. Most of my experience has been rebuilding jet engines. However, I presently serve as a Lead Engineering Technician for NASA in the Flight Loads Laboratory, where we conduct dynamic, structural and thermal testing on various types of test articles. Here is a short video illustrating what we do.