Tom Burbage, Executive Vice President & General Manager, F-35 JSF Program Integration, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Tom Vice, Sector Vice President Operations, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
Steven Brown, Senior Vice President, Operations & Administration, National Business Aviation Association
Phil Combs, Chief Executive Officer, Belcan Corporation
Fred Downey, VP of National Security, Aerospace Industries Association
Alex Heiche, Executive Vice President, Zero-Gravity Corp.
Michael Heil, President, Ohio Aerospace Institute
James Kenyon, Associate Director, Aerospace Technology, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Science and Technology)
CAPT.Wade "Torch" Knudson, F-35 Lightning II Development Program Manager, U.S. Navy
Susan Lavrakas, Director of Government Affairs, BAE Systems
RDML. David "Deke" Philman, Director of Air Welfare Division, U.S. Navy
Lesa Roe, Center Director, NASA Langley Research Center
Nancy Young, Vice President Environment Affairs, Air Transport Association of America, Inc.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Executive Vice President and General Manager
F-35 JSF Program Integration
Tom Burbage is the Executive Vice President and General Manager, Joint Strike Fighter Program Integration. His is responsible for implementing the multi-national F-35 Production and Global Sustainment elements of the JSF Program. He was the Executive Vice President and General Manager, Joint Strike Fighter from August of 2000 until assuming his current assignment in November of 2004.
Mr. Burbage joined Lockheed Martin in 1980 in the Business Development branch and later became Manager of Business Development for the U.S. Government Programs at the Lockheed California Company operations in Burbank, California.
In December 1987, he was appointed Vice President for Washington Operations and coordinated the company's relationships with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress, as well as the embassies of foreign governments. He restructured and streamlined the Washington Operations group and recorded the highest annual performance in the Congressional budget cycle in the history of LM Aeronautics. He then moved to Marietta, Georgia, in 1990 as Vice President for Business Development and Product Support at Aeronautical Systems. During his tenure, LM Aero launched several new initiatives including C-130J, C-27J, C-5AMP and RERP.
Mr. Burbage was named Vice President and AFX Program Manager in 1992 and Vice President and General Manager for Navy Programs in 1994. In 1995 he assumed the duties of Vice President and General Manager, F-22 and led the F-22 Program through first flight and initial flight test. In 1999 he was named President, LM Aeronautical Systems Company, Marietta, Georgia and led the restructuring of that company including a 20% force downsizing prior to the LM Aero consolidation.
From 1969 to 1980, Mr. Burbage served on active duty in the United States Navy, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander. After completing the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in 1975, he accumulated more than 3,000 hours in 38 different types of military aircraft. On Oct. 31, 1994, he retired from the Navy Reserves as a captain.
Mr. Burbage was born on Sept. 9, 1947, in San Diego, California. In 1969, he received a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He also has Master's Degrees in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida and Business Administration from UCLA.
Mr. Burbage has received numerous industry awards, including the inaugural 2007 US Naval Academy/Harvard Business Review Award for Ethical Leadership named after Admiral James B. Stockdale, the 2006 Society of Automotive Engineers Leadership in Aerospace Award, the Donald C. Burnham Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Silver Knight Award from the National Management Association, three Aviation Week Laurel Awards, and the Aerospace Industry Personality of the Year for 2002, presented at the Singapore Air Show. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
Vice President, Eastern Region
Tom Vice is sector vice president, Eastern Region, for Northrop Grumman Corporation's Integrated Systems sector. Based in Bethpage, New York, the Eastern Region business unit also has sites in Hollywood, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; Warner Robins, Georgia; and St. Augustine, Melbourne, and Niceville, Florida. Smaller sites are located across the country and at military installations around the world.
Vice leads programs in airborne early warning, airborne ground surveillance, electronic warfare, maritime systems integration, broad area maritime surveillance and coastal warfare, airborne mine countermeasures, and battle management systems to support our military on the sea, the ground, and in the air. Eastern region key programs include the E-2C, E-2D, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance, E-8C Joint Stars, EA-6B Prowler, EA-18G Growler, and various aircraft upgrade support programs for other Northrop Grumman aircraft such as the C-2 and F-5.
The Eastern Region team also works on a number of advanced development programs that offer innovative future solutions to meet emerging customer needs.
A seasoned Northrop Grumman executive, Vice most recently served as vice president for Airborne Early Warning and Battle Management Command and Control - Navy programs. Before that he was sector vice president, Business Development; sector vice president, Operations; sector vice president, Materiel; and vice president, Business and Advanced Systems Development for the sector's Air Combat Systems business area.
Vice joined Northrop Grumman as an engineer on the B-2 program in 1986. He was named the business unit's information technology manager and then manager of B-2 program operations and asset integration. He also served as manager of customer requirements and the B-2 business development manager for the multi-stage improvement program.
Vice received his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. He has completed numerous advanced management programs, including the Advanced Program Management course at the Defense Systems Management College and the Corporate Strategy Management Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Senior Vice President, Operations & Administration
National Business Aviation Association
Steven Brown, senior vice president, operations & administration for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), oversees all of the Association's activities relating to aircraft operations and flight department management issues, as well as the administrative, financial and human resources functions.
Prior to joining NBAA on October 4, 2004, Brown served as a top official with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as vice president of operations planning. Brown also has previously served as associate administrator for air traffic services, managing the 35,000 air traffic controllers, maintenance and software technicians, flight inspection pilots and administrative personnel who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the nation's airspace systems.
Before joining the FAA in 1998, Brown was president of the National Aeronautic Association and has served as senior vice president of government and technical affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He also has taught a number of aviation-related courses at Texas A&M University where he was a member of the faculty; has worked for the Texas Aeronautics Commission; and has been employed as an air taxi pilot and full-time flight instructor.
Brown is a graduate of the executive management programs at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Virginia and is a qualified aviation accident investigator certified by the University of Southern California. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management and a master's degree in industrial education.
Colin Philip (Phil) Combs
President and CEO
Belcan Corporation's Engineering Services Group
Belcan is a full service global provider of engineering services and direct technical support to a world wide customer base. Belcan Corporation currently employs over 7,500 engineers and technical specialists working out of over 50 design centers and sales offices that are strategically located in the United States, Great Britain and China. Belcan supports a broad array of clients including General Electric, Pratt and Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Honeywell, Hamilton Sundstrand, Sikorsky Aircraft and Caterpillar.
Prior to joining Belcan Corporation Phil had a long standing career at General Electric Aircraft Engines. He initially joined General Electric in 1985, and during his career there, he was assigned to a number of technical leadership and program management positions. In 1990 Phil was promoted to the position of Engineering General Manager with overall responsibility for the design and development of Military Exhaust Systems and Low Observable Technology. In 1993 Phil was named Program General Manager of GE's New and Derivative Military Programs Department. During his career at GE, Phil was involved in the design and development of propulsion systems for a number of advanced military aircraft programs including the F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter, B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, FA-18 E/F Hornet, the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. When Phil retired from General Electric in 2002, he was responsible for General Electric's JSF-F120/F136 Project Department charged with the development of the propulsion system for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Earlier in his career Phil worked for Rockwell International's North American Aircraft Division both in Columbus, Ohio and Los Angeles, California. During his employment at Rockwell, Phil was assigned to a number of technical and managerial positions. In 1978 Phil was selected as Rockwell International's Corporate "Engineer of the Year" for his contributions to the design and development of advanced fighter aircraft. When Phil left Rockwell in 1985, to join GE Aircraft Engines, he was the Chief Engineer for the Advanced Tactical Fighter Program and the Deputy Director of Rockwell's Advanced Aircraft Design Department.
Phil was born and raised in the Dayton, Ohio area. Phil received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in 1971 with a BS degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. He also holds a MBA degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Phil and his wife, Virginia (Ginny), currently reside in Mason, Ohio. The have two sons Chad Philip Combs (27) and Sean Kenneth Combs (24). Phil and Ginny enjoy traveling, attending sporting events especially OSU Football and Basketball games, and they are active in several charitable organizations including the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Executive Vice President
Zero Gravity Corp.
Alex Heiche is the Executive Vice President of Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G�), a privately held space entertainment and tourism company, and the first and only FAA-approved provider of weightless flights for the general public. Mr. Heiche graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. In 1995 he became the Director of Marketing and Product Manager for ICARUS Corporation in Rockville, Maryland. While at ICARUS, Mr. Heiche oversaw the marketing of Artificial Intelligence (AI) engineering software and services to petrochemical, chemical, utility, pulp and paper, food and nuclear power industries worldwide.
In 2000 Mr. Heiche became the Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for Livingnexus in Arlington, Virginia. Later in 2002, Mr. Heiche worked for OC Systems as their Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. OC Systems specialized in the development and marketing of enterprise-wide application monitoring systems and software development testing/debugging tools. Customers included variety of Federal Government and Fortune 1000 software companies. Mr. Heiche became the Senior Vice President of Seneca One in 2006 which is located in Bethesda, Maryland. Seneca One provides cash and finance raising strategies to annuity recipients.
Mr. Heiche joined ZERO-G in 2009 where he helps oversee the marketing and development of weightless flights for entertainment, research, education and filming purposes.
Michael L. Heil
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ohio Aerospace Institute
Michael was appointed to the position of President and CEO of the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) in January, 2007. Previous to OAI, Michael had a long and distinguished military career in the United States Air Force, retiring at the rank of Colonel in July 2005. From 2005 to 2007, he served on the Air Force Institute of Technology faculty as Director, Center for Space Studies and Research. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Director of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Propulsion Directorate with responsibilities for propulsion and power research facilities both at Wright-Patterson and Edwards Air Force Bases. He oversaw facilities valued at more than $2.1 billion, while leading the efforts of more than 1,000 scientists, engineers and staff. His responsibilities included ensuring the directorate's $300 million annual budget produced cutting edge technology results for the Air Force and the nation.
A distinguished engineering graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy, class of 1975, Michael was commissioned and immediately pursued his master's degree in flight structures at Columbia University on a Guggenheim Fellowship. He received a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1986. His service to the nation includes engineering duties on the F-15 and program management on the C-17 and Advanced Cruise Missile. Michael held the positions of Deputy Director of the Astronautics Laboratory, Commander of the Phillips Laboratory and Arnold Engineering Development Center, Commandant of the Air Force Institute of Technology, and Special Assistant to the Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory. He has served in two Air Force acquisition centers, four defense laboratories, a test center, a major command staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the faculties of the Air Force Academy and Air Force Institute of Technology.
Associate Director, Aerospace Technology
Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Science and Technology)
Dr. Kenyon joined the staff of the Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering (ODDR&E), in 2006. He supports the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Science & Technology) and the Director, Weapons Systems, and is responsible for the oversight and management of all Department of Defense Air Platforms science and technology (S&T) activities, including fixed wing vehicles, rotary wing vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems, hypersonics, gas turbine propulsion, and aircraft power. He also serves as a senior technical advisor on the staff of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) for major defense acquisition programs involving aircraft systems and technology.
From 2005 to 2006, Dr. Kenyon served as the Energy and Sustainment Technologies Program Manager for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Propulsion Directorate, Turbine Engine Division, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this role, he was responsible for strategic planning and coordination of all AFRL energy-related science and technology as well as management of turbine engine sustainment technology efforts. In addition, he served on the Aeronautics S&T Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council as the lead author of the National Aeronautics Research and Development Policy and managed the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for the Turbine Engine Division. Prior to this, he was assigned for a year as a Staff Specialist, Aerospace Technology, in ODDR&E supporting the Associate Director, Aerospace Technology.
From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Kenyon served as an Aerospace Research Engineer in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Propulsion Directorate, Turbine Engine Division, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this role, he was responsible for oversight and technical direction of the development of high cycle fatigue prediction methodologies for turbine engines. During this period, Dr. Kenyon developed much of the theoretical basis for forced vibration prediction methods currently in use for gas turbine component design and development, particularly in the analysis of bladed disk mistuning effects.
From 1996 to 2002, Dr. Kenyon was a trainee in the Air Force PALACE Knight Program. Under this program, he completed advanced degrees while working on technical problems of interest to the AFRL in the area of turbomachinery aeromechanics. He also served as an aeromechanics test engineer at the AFRL Compressor Research Facility.
Prior to joining government service in 1996, Dr. Kenyon received a background in gas turbine component service and repair through the Cooperative Education program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. During this time, Dr. Kenyon worked as a propulsion liaison engineer at Delta Air Lines, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, where he evaluated components for serviceability and developed component repair procedures.
Dr. Kenyon received the AFRL Propulsion Directorate's S.D. Heron Award for outstanding propulsion research in 1998 and in 2004 for his efforts in turbine engine forced vibration. He also received the ASME Best Paper Award at the 39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit. Dr. Kenyon is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a Member of the ASME.
Dr. Kenyon earned a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Cooperative Education endorsement. He received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He has published and lectured in structural dynamics, turbomachinery aeromechanics, and high cycle fatigue.
Captain Wade E. Knudson
F-35 Lightning II Development Program Manager
Captain Knudson is serving currently as the F-35 Lightning II Development Program Manager and is responsible for leading the system design, development and execution of all three variants of the F-35, the F-135 and F-136 propulsion systems, aircraft and maintainer training, and the autonomic logistics systems for the F-35 Program. A native of Aurora, Colorado, he graduated with Merit from the United States Naval Academy and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 1985. He reported to Whidbey Island, Washington for training in the EA-6B Prowler and was ultimately assigned to VAQ-137 flying on-board the USS Saratoga and later the USS America. He served as a Landing Signal Officer and earned several top Tailhook awards during deployment to the Mediterranean Sea.
He graduated from the United States Naval Test Pilot School in December 1989 before assignment to VX-23 where he performed flying qualities, performance, ordnance, and carrier suitability "shake, rattle, and roll" test flights in EA-6B, A-6E, T-45A, and A-4M aircraft. He was the first Naval Aviator to carrier qualify in the T-45A. He returned to USNTPS as an instructor before assignment to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he earned a Masters of Science in Astronautical Engineering and an Engineer's Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.
Following graduation in 1995, he lead the Strike Systems Department at Point Mugu, California, responsible for testing FA-18 software upgrades and a variety of weapons programs including the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, Harpoon, and Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response.
In August 1998 he returned to Patuxent River to serve as the Deputy Program Manager for the ACAT-ID AIM-9X Sidewinder program where he lead a the joint Navy / Air Force team from post-contract award through operational test and first LRIP contract award. His team won the Department of Defense Modeling and Simulation Excellence Award for their efforts during development, integration and test of the AIM-9X on the FA-18 and F-15. Captain Knudson next served as the Chief Flight Instructor at USNTPS before selection to Command of VX-30.
As VX-30 Chief Test Pilot, Captain Knudson led the team responsible for integration of JDAM to three deployed F-14D squadrons allowing combat employment of JDAM during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Assuming Command of VX-30 in February 2003, Captain Knudson's squadron was immediately tasked with deployment orders to Kuwait in support of OIF. He organized, trained, equipped and deployed his test squadron in less than three week's time resulting in highly effective combat operations during the initial strikes of the air war.
In his current tour as F-35 Program Manager he is responsible managing the largest acquisition program in DoD history. He is responsible for the design and development details for all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II and associated propulsion and support systems and manages a $41.5 billion program. He has led the team through three Critical Design Reviews, first flight of the CTOL and STOVL airplanes, and approval of the first two Low Rate Initial Production lots.
Captain Knudson has over 3100 flight hours in 74 different aircraft. His decorations include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Director, Government Affairs
Susan Lavrakas is Director, Government Affairs, with BAE Systems, a global aerospace company. She has enjoyed a professional career of more than thirty-seven years in national security affairs. Having studied political science and international affairs, she started her career at the Central Intelligence Agency. She later conducted research at the RAND Corporation, and then was recruited into the defense industry by the Northrop Grumman Corporation, where she worked for nearly two decades. She has been with BAE Systems, Inc., since March 2003.
Lavrakas is Chair of the Industrial Base and Workforce Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association, and a member of the AIA Workforce Steering Committee. She is also Vice President for Legislative Liaison of the Workforce Division of the National Defense Industrial Association.
Rear Admiral David "Deke" L. Philman
Director of Air Welfare Division
Rear Admiral David L. "Deke" Philman is the director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88) on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (OPNAV N8). A native of Bell, Fla., he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Analysis in June 1978. He has also attended the U.S. Air War College and the Navy Executive Business School.
Philman has completed ten major deployments at sea aboard USS Constellation (CV-64), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Independence (CV-62), USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). His initial sea tours were as an A-7E pilot in VA-146 and VA-27. In 1990 he transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet during his tour with VA/VFA-27. Philman commanded the F/A-18C squadron VFA-151 (Vigilantes) from February 1996 to May 1997 aboard USS Constellation. Philman commanded Carrier Air Wing 3 aboard USS Harry S. Truman from July 2001 to January 2003. From July 2000 to June 2001, he served as the deputy air wing commander.
Philman's shore tours include advanced strike flight instructor at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas; aide to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Space Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.; executive assistant to the Director, Navy International Programs Office, Washington; head, Strike Aircraft Plans and Requirements (OPNAV Staff), Washington, and director, Navy Congressional Appropriations Liaison, Washington.
Philman's first flag officer assignment was as deputy commander, JFCC Global Strike and Integration, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., from September 2005 to September 2007. His most recent flag officer assignment was as commander, Strike Force Training Pacific, San Diego, from September 2007 to February 2009.
Philman has logged more than 4,500 flight hours in tactical jet aircraft and has completed more than 1000 carrier arrested landings on 11 different aircraft carriers. He is entitled to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike/Flight Air Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Lesa B. Roe
NASA Langley Research Center
Lesa B. Roe is Director of NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia. NASA Langley, founded in 1917, is the nation's first civilian aeronautical research facility and NASA's original field center.
Roe is the senior management official of the Center, employing over 3,600 civil service and contractor personnel. She is responsible for the Center's technical implementation of aeronautical, space and science programs, as well as the overall management of the Center's facilities, personnel and administration.
Roe served as the Langley Deputy Director from June 2004 until being named Director in October 2005. In this position, she helped plan, organize and direct Center and inter-center activities to advance research significant to national aerospace objectives.
Roe served as Langley Associate Director for business management from August 2003 until being named Deputy Director. She has more than 20 years experience in engineering, technical and managerial positions, working for both government and private industry. Her background includes four years in NASA center leadership, four years International Space Station program management at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, nine years experience in technical management and project engineering and five years experience in radio frequency communications test and payload systems engineering.
Roe started her engineering career performing satellite communications analysis for Hughes Space and Communications in El Segundo, Calif. She began her NASA career at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., in 1987 as a radio frequency communications engineer in the Space Shuttle Engineering Directorate. She was also program manager for the International Space Station Payloads Office at Johnson Space Center.
Roe's honors include the Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award, NASA Exceptional Service Medal and Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the University of Florida. She is a senior member of AIAA and a member of IEEE, the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission, the Hampton Roads Partnership and the University of Florida External Advisory Board. She holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida.
Nancy N. Young, Esq.
Vice President, Environmental Affairs
Air Transport Association of America, Inc.
Nancy N. Young is the Vice President of Environmental Affairs at the Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA). In this capacity, Ms. Young directs ATA's environmental programs, represents the ATA airlines in international negotiations over new aircraft noise and emission standards and provides counsel to ATA and its members on other environmental issues of significance to the air transportation industry. Ms. Young returned to ATA in 2007 from the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., where she was a principal/partner and Co-Chair of the Firm's Climate Change and Waste Management and Recycling practices. She previously served as ATA's Associate General Counsel, Environmental and International Programs.
Ms. Young is a graduate of The College of William and Mary in Virginia (B.A., 1986) and of Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1990), where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. She served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman E. Thomas Coleman (MO) from 1986-87. Ms. Young is a member of the bar in Virginia and the District of Columbia and of the American Bar Association's Forum on Air and Space Law.