October 4-6, 2016
Mike BlairVice President and General Manager
Aerostructures, Electronic Systems
Harris Corporation Mike Blair is vice president and general manager of the Aerostructures business unit within Harris Corporation's Electronic Systems segment. Electronic Systems covers an extensive portfolio of solutions in electronic warfare, avionics (including carriage and release systems), wireless solutions, C4I systems, undersea systems and aerostructures. The Aerostructures business supplies structures to Lockheed Martin for the F-35, Sikorsky for both military and civil helicopters, and to Boeing and Airbus for commercial jet applications. Blair joined Harris with the acquisition of Exelis Inc. He led the company's efforts to grow the composite aerostructures business for military and commercial aircraft. Previously, Blair was vice president and general manager of Aerostructures, the former Exelis Inc. business headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this role he oversaw the management and operations of three composite structures facilities in two states. Blair joined Exelis in 2011 as vice president of Business Development for Composite Structures and transitioned to vice president and general manager in April 2012. He assumed the position as vice president and general manager of the Aerostructures business in January 2013. Prior to joining Exelis, Blair spent 25 years with Alliant Techsystems serving in a variety of positions including vice president of Commercial Programs, vice president of Business Development, manager of Propulsion Technology and various Program Management and Engineering positions. Blair has held many industry leadership positions including Executive Steering Committee for SCRA (composites industry/government group); Industry representative for the Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology program; Steering Committee lead for the Solid Propulsion Industry Advocacy Group; Executive Steering Committee for the Space Propulsion Synergy Team; and AIAA Solid Propulsion Technical Committee Treasurer. Blair graduated in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah. He holds several U.S. patents in the areas of composites (conformable pressure vessels, and rapid tooling), rocket motor nozzles (low-cost, low-torque flex seals) and propulsion (digital solid propulsion system). Harris provides advanced, technology based solutions that solve government and commercial customers' mission critical challenges. The company has approximately $8 billion in annual revenue and about 23,000 employees - including 9,000 engineers and scientists - supporting customers in more than 125 countries.