F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter - Focus on Manufacturing Affordability
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has taken advantage of the digital thread, tri-variant commonality, flow to takt lean manufacturing techniques, and advanced manufacturing technologies to reduce costs and produce the world's first internationally marketed 5th generation fighter jet. Affordability continues to be a central focus for the Lighting II as production of low rate initial production lots continues and the program plans for future rate production increases across the globe. Game changing technologies/ lessons learned as well as manufacturing philosophy will be discussed that have been implement or are envisioned as the program moves towards full rate production.
Dr. Don Kinard
Senior Technical Fellow
Dr. Don Kinard is a Senior Technical Fellow for Lockheed Martin and Deputy Director and Technical Lead for the F-35 Fighter Production System. The Fighter Production System was established to manage production transition from a current 1 aircraft per month production rate to a 20 aircraft per month production rate by 2017.
Dr. Kinard has been with LM for 27 years and prior to his current assignment he was Director of F-35 Production Engineering responsible for Joint Strike Fighter Tooling, Planning, Manufacturing Engineering, and Aircraft Systems Testing. Before joining F-35 in 2004 Dr. Kinard held various positions in both Engineering and Manufacturing during his 18 years on the F-22 Program including Composite Risk Reduction Lead, Covers and Mate IPT Lead, Engineering Lead for F-22 Production Support, and Deputy Director of F-22 Production.
Dr. Kinard earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and a PhD in Physical (Polymer) Chemistry from Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Kathy, have one child, Kara, and live in Arlington, TX.
Composites Research and Technology for Aerospace Vehicles
Composite structures and materials technology have had a profound impact on aerospace vehicles ranging from aircraft to launch vehicles. Today, advanced composite materials and structures are used for primary wing and fuselage structures for commercial transport aircraft and for primary structures for expendable launch vehicles. Composites are being considered for dry and cryotank primary structures for heavy lift launch vehicles.
Mark J. Shuart, Ph.D.
IPA/Sr. Advisor for Composites & Structures
NASA Langley Research Center
Dr. Mark J. Shuart is a Research Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech and currently serves in an IPA position as the Senior Advisor for Composites & Structures at the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). His research interests focus on the use of composite materials and structures in aerospace applications. He leads an Agency-wide team to develop composite structures and materials technologies with enabling application to heavy-lift launch vehicles. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Shuart retired from the NASA LaRC after 32 years of service. Dr. Shuart held several line management positions at the LaRC including Chief of the Materials Division and Director for Structures & Materials. He was selected by NASA as a Congressional Fellow during 2006 and served on the personal staff of Congressman Jerry Lewis (CA-41st). He was a member of the Senior Executive Service from 1998 until his retirement. Dr. Shuart is an internationally recognized authority on the behavior of composite materials and structures. He has directed major contracts with Boeing, the former McDonnell Douglas, and Lockheed-Martin to develop composite structures technology for primary aircraft structures. He has also directed grant activities at several major universities. Dr. Shuart is the author or co-author of more than 80 formal publications, referenceable oral presentations, and other significant contributions that describe advanced structures and materials technologies for aerospace applications. He has received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for his contributions to structures and materials research. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a past Chairman of their Materials Technical Committee. He has also received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware. He lives in Hampton, Virginia, with his wife, Jane.