A Senior Aircraft Managing Engineer with over 25 years of program management and structural design of flight control systems /surfaces, aircraft certification, repair station management & FAA contract experience.   He is also highly experienced in accident investigation, aircraft design and analysis engineering, operations and safety. His background includes having served as an airline association technical director with experience in government and industry aviation regulations, as well as extensive FAA certification experience and experience directing an aviation non-profit.

In addition to extensive management experience, he has strong engineering skills in accident and disaster investigation and reconstruction, structural analysis and design of metallic and composite structures, general aircraft design and analysis, operations, inspection and structural repairs, FAA certification of aircraft structures, structural failure predictions, aircraft landing gear engineering maintenance, FAA repair station certification, and he is experienced in Non Destructive Inspection (NDI) techniques for composite structures, and structural testing.

Academic Background

  • University of Southern California. Aircraft Accident Investigation Course, Engineer in Training (EIT) – 1998
  • Engineer in Training (EIT)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute, MS, Applied Mechanics Engineering with emphasis on solid mechanics and dynamics – 1983
  • Syracuse University, BS, Mechanical Engineering – 1982


Professional Experience

RTI Group, LLC, Annapolis, MD; Senior Aircraft Managing Engineer – 2013 to present.

ISTAT AirLink, Fairfax, VA.  Program Director – March 2010 to February 2013

  • AirLink is a web-based program sponsored by The International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) which connects charity and NGO organizations with commercial airlines that can provide passenger and cargo air transport on a donated or discounted basis.  Responsible for overall operation of the AirLink program including recruiting NGOs & airlines, overseeing website design, improvements, and updates, coordinating website training, and planning and implementing future program enhancements.

National Air Carrier Association (NACA), Arlington, VA.  Director of Technical Operations – November 2007 to March 2010

  • NACA is an aviation trade organization serving multiple airlines and promotes the national and international interests of its members and represents their interests before the Congress of the United States and the many U.S. Government agencies that have oversight of the U.S. Aviation Industry. Responsible for all Operation, Maintenance, and Safety programs at NACA. Organized and lead monthly operations, maintenance, and safety & security council meetings for NACA member airlines. Addressed all technical questions and concerns from NACA membership. Provided advanced information to NACA members on new aviation policy, rules, and guidance. Represented NACA membership by submitting comments on proposed new government policy. Steering Committee Member of the FAA Takeoff and Landing Performance Aviation Rulemaking Committee. Executive Member of the FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee

Messier Services America (MSA), Sterling, VA.  Vice President – Engineering, Quality, and Information Technology – April 2005 to July 2007.

  • General responsibilities included staffing, project planning, implementation, tracking, and completion. Specific responsibilities included FAA certifications, FAA Designated Engineer Representative (DER) program, overall quality assurance system, all internal and external audits, operations and customer engineering support, all company computer, phones, and IT communication systems.

Technical Data Analysis (TDA), Falls Church, VA.  January 200 – July 2004.

  • TDA is an engineering, software development, and project management consulting firm specializing in aeronautical engineering, customized software solutions, and contract management.
  • Director, Business Development – Directed all business development activities including conducting monthly status meetings with TDA staff, pursuing and contacting potential business leads, preparing and presenting business development accomplishments, and attending conferences to proactively establish business contacts.
  • Senior Engineer -Performed extensive aging aircraft engineering work on the P-3 aircraft life extension project.  Various P-3 operators plan to continue using this aircraft until 2015, which is well beyond the original design service life, so the airframe needed to be analyzed, modified, and tested to ensure that the aircraft will safely last another 15 years.  Engineering analysis included reviewing technical reports, performing stress analysis, monitoring test programs, and participating in P-3 Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs).  Liaison between U.S. Government and international project partners in Australia, Canada and The Netherlands who operate the P-3 aircraft.  Prepared and reviewed Statements of Work documents (SOWs).

Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, Alexandria, VA.  Consultant –   June 1995 to January 2000

  • Managed cost, manpower and schedules for accident and disaster investigations, conducted investigations, wrote investigation proposals and technical reports, presented proposals to prospective clients, and conducted on-site inspections.  Routinely traveled to national and international accident/disaster sites to perform site inspections, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and discuss policies and procedures with officials. Trained expert witness.