The Aerospace Engineering Advisory Board promotes the continuous improvement of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. Members serve on committees focusing on the undergraduate program, the graduate and research programs, outreach programs, former student programs, and development. Its members are nominated from a variety of sources by the department head to serve three-year terms. The Advisory Board holds formal meetings twice a year.
Harry R. Barnard, Ph.D.
Company: Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Dr. Barnard is a Lockheed Martin Fellow assigned to the Aerodynamic Group within Systems Engineering. He has supported the 40 mm CAT/FCS Guided Projectile, Solid Fuel Ramjet, NETFIRES, Compact Kinetic Energy Missile, Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb, JAASM, EXACTO, LRASM-B and Guided MLRS programs. Prior to his current employment he provided aerodynamic design and analysis support to F-111, A-7, F-8, HARM missile and guided 155 mm projectile programs. He has 54 years of applicable experience in the aerodynamics field.
While supporting these programs, he was responsible for the missile configuration analysis, aerodynamic data base development using both theoretical and experimental (wind tunnel testing) techniques and missile flight performance using simulation software. His responsibilities have also included missile/aircraft external configuration design and analysis and aerodynamic loads analysis.
Barnard is also a part-time adjunct professor at The University of Texas at Arlington teaching Missile Conceptual Design.
Michael S. Beck
Company: Consolidated Nuclear Security
Mr. Beck leads Consolidated Nuclear Security's Mission Engineering organization, which encompasses all engineering operations at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas and at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Beck oversees 1,100 engineers, scientists, and contracted staff in this capacity. Beck has more than 29 years of experience leading technical operations, programs, strategic development and advanced technology research and development, primarily supporting defense and intelligence missions. He joins CNS in 2014, as a seconded employee of Lockheed Martin Corporation where he has spent the majority of his career.
David S. Bodden
Company: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (Retired)
Mr. Bodden received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and his MS in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech. His positions at Lockheed Martin included Senior Manager of Flight Controls Systems at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Senior Fellow of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He is a former Chairman of the Texas A&M Aerospace Advisory Board, SAE/IEEE Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems Committee, and Lockheed Martin Guidance and Control Technology Focus Group. Mr. Bodden was also a past member of the AIAA Guidance and Control Technical Committee. He is a member of the Texas A&M Aerospace Engineering Distinguished Alumni Academy.
Company: Ticom Geomatics
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Isaac Ekoto is the principal investigator for Fundamentals of Gasoline Combustion lab.
Isaac has actively researched in-cylinder flow, mixing, and combustion processes in both light-duty gasoline and diesel engines since 2007. He currently manages 2 advanced gasoline combustion research engine labs that separately investigate the role of advanced ignition systems and retained residuals to improve engine efficiency and emissions. He has also served as a principal investigator for the Hydrogen Safety Codes and Standards program, and was instrumental in the development of the Hydrogen Risk Assessment Model (HyRAM); a novel toolkit that integrates conventional risk models with physical behavior models for various potential hydrogen release and ignition scenarios to generate unique risk profiles hydrogen refueling infrastructure. His main expertise is in fluid mechanics and advanced optical diagnostics, but he also is interested in combustion chemistry, plasma physics, and thermodynamic systems analysis.
Isaac is the principal investigator of the Fundamentals of Gasoline Combustion labs in the Engines Department at Sandia National Laboratories. He is a past recipient of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Myers and Powertrain, Fuels and Lubricants Best Paper awards. He received his BS in mathematics from Fayetteville State University and his PhD in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University.
Company: Atec, Inc.
Company: Intuitive Machines
Company: Anadarko Industries LLC
Kenn Hall has been a corporate officer for Anadarko Industries, LLC since its operational doors opened in 2005. He has been instrumental in overseeing the company’s operational performance and providing the business strategy to sustain as a $25M/year company for the past 11 years. Anadarko Industries provides Government services to NASA, USDA and DoD in the areas of Information Technology, System Engineering, Safety, Logistics and Business Management. We are proud to have given $8.5M in distributions to our Tribal Owners, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes out of Anadarko, Oklahoma, to help to support their initiatives such as elderly care and college scholarships.
Kenn’s involvement in the local business community includes NASA JSC Small Business Council Executive Leadership, NASA JSC Joint Leadership Team and participation in the local chapters of National Management Association and National Contract Management Association.
Prior to joining Anadarko Industries, Kenn was a project manager at Johnson Engineering/SpaceHab managing the NASA JSC Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF). He also spent three years with Ernst & Young Management Consulting Services/Cap Gemini focused on helping Energy clients improve their business processes and the implementation of new business solutions.
Kenn earned a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1991. He also earned an MBA from Rice University in 1999. He was recently appointed to the A&M Aerospace Engineering External Advisory Board After “retiring” from coaching youth sports for 10 years, Kenn and his wife Melissa now enjoy watching their son play high school lacrosse, volunteering on high school booster clubs, attending Aggie sporting events, and supporting youth activities at the Friendswood United Methodist Church.
Kayleen L. E. Helms, Ph.D.
Company: Intel Corporation
Dr. Kayleen L. E. Helms is the External Engagement Lead for electronic packaging thermal-mechanical R&D addressing challenges in design, manufacturing, and reliability working engaging with customers, industry consortia, and suppliers. Prior to joining Intel, she was a post-doctoral research associate and lecturer in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M where she also helped establish the Materials Science & Engineering graduate department and the Texas Institute for Intelligent Bio-Nano Materials and Structures for Aerospace Vehicles, coordinated and taught on six Engineering Study Abroad Programs in Europe; and was very active in NSF-funded engineering curriculum innovation. She is originally from Milwaukee and received her B.S. in civil engineering (structures) from Marquette University followed by her M.S. and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering (solid mechanics/materials) from Texas A&M. She is a member of the Texas A&M Aerospace Engineering Distinguished Alumni Academy.
Company: Atlas Executive Consulting
Paul Sean Hill served in the United States Air Force in military satellite operations followed by a 25-year career with NASA in Mission Control. He led Mission Control as a Space Shuttle and International Space Station Flight Director from 1996 through 2005, culminating as the Lead Shuttle Flight Director for the return-to-flight after the Columbia accident. He went on to be Director of Mission Operations for all manned spaceflight, where he is credited with revolutionizing the leadership culture. He is now a public speaker and executive consultant focused on applying Mission Control leadership principles in any industry.
Paul earned bachelor and master of science degrees in aerospace engineering, from Texas A&M University in 1984 and 1985 and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He is a member of the Texas A&M Aerospace Engineering Distinguished Alumni Academy.
Company: Air Tractor, Inc.
Jim Hirsch is President of Air Tractor, Inc., a company which manufactures a line of radial engine and turboprop aircraft that are used around the world for agricultural spraying and aerial firefighting. Hirsch joined Air Tractor in 1992 as a project engineer, was promoted to Vice President, Engineering in 2011, and was appointed President in 2011 after the death of founder and president Leland Snow. He received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M in 1991.
Company: Triumph Aerospace Structures
Ken Homeyer is the Director of Technology and Engineering at Triumph Aerospace Structures. Ken graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1990. He started with Vought Aircraft as a Co-op student in 1988 and hired in full time as a Design Engineer in 1990.
Kirk M. Kloeppel
Company: Modern Technology Solutions
Steven C. Komadina
Company: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Company: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
David W. Lund
Company: The Boeing Company
Dave Lund is a senior manager in Boeing Research and Technology leading the Platform Subsystems Technology Team. His group performs research in power, thermal subsystems and integrated systems modelling for The Boeing Company. He is a 1979 graduate of the Texas A&M University Aerospace Engineering Department, former chair of the AIAA student Branch, and active on the Advisory Board since 2006. He was inducted into the Aerospace Engineering Distinguished Alumni Academy in 2014.
Richard Matus, Ph.D.
Company: Pointwise, Inc.
Rick Matus joined Pointwise during its first year of operation. He leads the sales and marketing activities. Previously, Dr. Matus was product manager for the RAMPANT CFD solver, predecessor of Fluent, at Fluent, Inc. and for several years supervised and performed applied CFD at General Dynamics Fort Worth Division. Dr. Matus earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University in 1980, an M.Eng. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M in 1981, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1986.
Edelmiro (Ed) Muñiz
Company: MEI Technologies, Inc.
Edelmiro (Ed)Muñiz was born from humble beginnings in Harlingen, Texas, and is a proud 1967 Texas A&M graduate, earning his degree in Aerospace Engineering. Mr. Muñiz went on to earn his masters and then served a twenty-year career in the Air Force, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. In 1992, he founded his own advanced technology company known today as MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT) serving the aerospace, defense, and biotechnology markets worldwide. He is a member of the Texas A&M Aerospace Engineering Distinguished Alumni Academy.
G. Dwayne Orr
Company: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility
Mr. Dwayne Orr grew up in East Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1985. He worked three years as a Flight Mechanics Engineer for LTV Aerospace & Defense on Missile and Launch Vehicle Systems. His career in Scientific Ballooning began in 1989 as a Balloon Engineer focusing on balloon design and performance analysis along with quality assurance responsibilities. Over his 25 plus years in Scientific Ballooning, Mr. Orr has managed numerous NASA Research and Development test flight programs along with managing multiple flight campaigns from Sweden, Brazil, Alaska, Australia, Antarctica and recently Wanaka, New Zealand. He is currently employed by Orbital ATK as Program Manager for the NASA Balloon Operation Contract (NBOC) and serves as Site Manager of NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas.
Company: L-3 Unmanned Systems
Jerry Petersen is Chief Technology Officer of L-3 Unmanned Systems delivering a wide range of advanced Unmanned Systems solutions to the war fighter. Unmanned Systems provides state-of-the-art flight controls, mission management and payload integration as well as extensive product line including multiple unmanned aerial platforms and associated field support equipment. Jerry co-founded Geneva Aerospace in 1997, and served as Vice President of Engineering through acquisition by L-3 in 2007. Jerry and his Co-founders self-funded Geneva, growing it into a multi-million dollar enterprise serving the US Navy, US Air Force, DARPA, and several Military Prime contractors. Prior to Geneva, he worked for Texas Instruments DSEG developing guidance and control system algorithms, simulation models and embedded real-time flight software for multiple programs. Jerry holds multiple patents and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University.
Merri J. Sanchez, Ph.D.
Company: U.S. Air Force Space Command
Dr. Merri J. Sanchez is Chief Scientist, Air Force Space Command where she is the primary adviser to the commander on all scientific & technical matters concerning space and cyberspace. Merri has 28 years’ experience as an engineer and manager for NASA working International Space Station, X-38 and Space Shuttle programs. Prior to assuming her current position, Merri was Senior Director for the Space Systems Group at the Sierra Nevada Corp where she was Deputy Program Executive and Program Manager for the Dream Chaser commercial crew lifting body spacecraft. Merri is an AIAA Fellow and earned her BS in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M, a Master of Mechanical Engineering from University of Houston (UH), an MS in Physical Sciences (planetary geology) from UH-Clear Lake, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering (human factors) from UH. She is currently a member of the Texas A&M University College of Engineering Advisory Council and chairs the Department of Aerospace Engineering Advisory Board. She was selected as a TAMU Outstanding Aerospace Engineer in 2014 and as a College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni in 2015.
Company: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Company: Slack & Davis, L.L.C.
Founding/managing partner of Slack & Davis, L.P. Michael Slack focuses on civil litigation, including aviation and products liability cases against major corporations. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1995; Super Lawyers since 2003 and named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas. In 2014, he received the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award from Texas A&M’s Department of Aerospace Engineering. He is a Civil Trial Advocate as certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and certified by Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law.
Company: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Company: Rockwell Collins
Cale Stephens is senior director of the Engineering Design Center at Rockwell Collins. In this role, Stephens leads the team responsible for flight deck displays, graphics, and avionics power systems for air transport, business jets, and military applications, both domestically and internationally.
Since joining Rockwell Collins in 2001, Stephens has held various leadership positions. These include leading technical teams in the design and development of commercial air transport flight deck display systems for multiple platforms, the U.S. military’s common test range evaluation system, and situational awareness systems for military rotary and fixed wing aircraft.
Stephens has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Iowa. He is passionate about developing future talent and is a member of the Iowa Children’s Museum Board of Directors, where he focuses on the expansion of activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Stephens and his wife, Patty, have two boys and live outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
James Trebes, Ph.D.
Company: Lawerence Livermore National Laboratory
James Trebes is the Physics Division Leader for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research interests include space technology, high energy density science, and national security. He received his B.S. in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University.
Company: BIT Systems, Inc. (Retired)
Brad Worsham '88 graduated with a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M in 1988. He is the co-founder of BIT Systems, Inc. (BITS), now a subsidiary of CACI International. Worsham retired after 28 years of service to the Intelligence Community as a USG SIGINT analyst, systems engineer, software developer, project manager and CTO/director.