SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference

September 23-25, 2014

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

Opening Plenary Session

Tuesday, September 23
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Considerations for Next Generation Integrated Systems

Neil R. Garrigan Neil R. Garrigan
Executive Manager - Advanced Integrated Products
GE Aviation

Mr. Garrigan has a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MSEE from Syracuse University and has completed additional graduate level coursework with the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the field of electro-mechanical systems. He has 27+ years with GE, beginning his career at GE's Aircraft Electronics Systems business working on advanced aircraft. Next he joined GE's Aircraft Control Systems business performing lead systems engineering for new and advanced applications including engine & flight controls and More Electric Aircraft. Subsequently he spent 10 years at GE's Global Research Center, leading Research & Development teams for GE aerospace, transportation and energy applications. For the past 10 years, he has been with GE Aviation, where he joined to lead a growth initiative for expanding the business into adjacent integrated systems, including electrical power. Mr. Garrigan has been the Executive Manager of Vehicle Energy Systems, where his team developed integrated propulsion, power and thermal management systems. Most recently, Mr. Garrigan's team has expanded to include Advanced Technology Systems, Strategy and Programs across GE Aviation. The charter of his team is to drive new business growth and product differentiation across the GE Aviation enterprise, through next generation propulsion and integrated systems.


Siva S. Banda Siva S. Banda
Chief Scientist
Aerospace Systems Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Dr. Siva S. Banda, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is Chief Scientist, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He serves as the principal scientific and technical advisor to the director and is the primary authority for the technical content of the directorate's science and technology portfolio. The directorate leads and conducts research, exploratory and advanced development in aerospace platforms, propulsion systems for both atmospheric and space flight, platform integration, and flight demonstration. Technology thrusts in the directorate include: air-breathing, missile, rocket, electric, and space propulsion; hypersonic flight and space access; autonomous air vehicles; advanced flight control; sustainment of aircraft, engines, missiles and rockets; power and thermal management; air vehicle structures and aerodynamics; energy efficient aircraft; and the development of alternative fuels and energy resource management for the Air Force. As Chief Scientist, Dr. Banda ensures that the total technical research program of the directorate is meeting national, Department of Defense, Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command and AFRL's objectives in core technical areas.

Dr. Banda joined the Flight Dynamics Laboratory in 1981 as an aerospace research engineer in the Flight Controls Division. His multi-faceted technical activities at the AFRL and its predecessors have included serving as an in-house researcher, task team leader, group leader, program manager, branch chief, consultant, mentor and technical leader for basic research in flight control systems. He has made pioneering and lasting contributions to robust multivariable control theory, reconfigurable flight control, adaptive guidance and control for hypersonic and reusable space access vehicles, and cooperative control, which he has aggressively advocated as the key to making autonomously-operating unmanned air vehicles an integral part of tomorrow's airspace.

The author of over 200 technical papers, reports and books, two patents, and more than 120 invited lectures worldwide, Dr. Banda's personal technical career focuses on advancing the frontiers of control science and ensuring that the US Air Force and aerospace industry possess the cutting-edge flight control solutions essential to fielding revolutionary air and space platforms for both military and commercial applications. He was appointed the USAF Senior Scientist for Control Theory in 1999, the Air Vehicles Chief Scientist in 2011, and the Aerospace Systems Chief Scientist in 2012.

Larry Leopard Larry Leopard
Director Space Systems Engineering
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Larry Leopard is the Director of the Space Systems Engineering Department at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Mr. Leopard has over 23 years of engineering, leadership, and management experience in the fields of Aerospace and Propulsion Engineering including systems design, component design and development for space transportation technologies and flight systems. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and was a propulsion engineer at Martin Marietta Corporation prior to joining NASA Marshall in 1990. He served in responsible leadership positions leading system integration activities for numerous NASA programs and projects, including the Space Shuttle Main Engine Technology Test Bed; Rocket-Based Combined Cycle propulsion technology; Next Generation Engine prototypes; all shuttle propulsion elements; and the X-33 and X-34 experimental launch vehicle programs. Mr. Leopard has most recently held management positions within the Spacecraft and Vehicle Systems Department and in 2008 was appointed to the Senior Executive Service position of deputy manager in the Engineering Directorate's Propulsion Systems Department at NASA Marshall where he directed development of integrated propulsion engineering products and services for the current and next generation of space transportation and propulsion systems. In 2011, he was assigned to the position of deputy Manager of the Space Systems Department, where he now serves as the Director providing engineering products and services for earth and space science instruments, environmental control and life support systems for crewed space systems, and avionics and software for launch and space vehicles, including NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) Program.

Russ Walker Russ Walker
L-3 Cincinnati Electronics

Russ Walker is the President of L-3 Cincinnati Electronics. He directs the leadership team with an emphasis on customer satisfaction, execution, continuous improvement, and growth.

Prior to joining L-3 in September of 2011, Mr. Walker was the Vice President of Engineering at AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems. Before that, Mr. Walker was Vice President of the Shadow Unmanned Aircraft Systems program, the Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps from March 2005 through October 2010. During Mr. Walker's tenure as Shadow PM, the program logged over 500,000 hours of combat in deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan with the highest availability record of any Army aviation asset, delivered 89 production systems, and won two Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) awards for the Shadow Performance Based Logistics (PBL) program, including the Beck award for Systems in 2010. Over 50 system improvements were designed and fielded under Mr. Walker's leadership, including a new wing, a laser designator payload, and a communications relay.

Prior to joining AAI, Mr. Walker held Senior Program Management positions at both Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin managing two international reconnaissance aircraft programs and advanced technology development programs in both Synthetic Aperture Radar/Ground Moving Target Indicator sensors and Electro-Optic/Infrared sensors. Early in his career, Mr. Walker was a supervisor of Electronics and Signal Processing at Ford Aerospace and a designer at TRW on the Very High Speed Integrated Circuits (VHSIC) program.

Mr. Walker received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from UCLA in 1979. He is a member of AUSA, AUVSI, AAAA and NDIA.

Todd W. Zarfos Todd W. Zarfos
Vice President for Engineering Functions and the Washington State Design Center

Senior Chief Engineer of Airplane Systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Todd Zarfos is vice president for Engineering Functions and the Washington State Design Center and senior chief engineer of Airplane Systems within Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He was appointed to this position in July 2013. Zarfos is responsible for engineering functional organizations and the Washington state design centers for all commercial airplanes, as well as the continuous improvement and utilization of the technical workforce and for supply chain management for technical services. In his role as senior chief of Airplane Systems, he is responsible for driving technical excellence within the airplane systems community while also ensuring the technical integrity and success of Commercial Airplanes' development and production programs.

Prior to this position, he was senior chief engineer of Support and vice president of engineering for Commercial Aviation Services responsible for developing, deploying and integrating engineering and technology strategies to meet Commercial Aviation Services' business goals and commitments. He also provided oversight for design, certification and product integrity for all CAS business and product-development efforts.

Previously, Zarfos served as vice president of 747-8 engineering and senior chief engineer of Airplane Systems. In this role, Zarfos led the development activities for the 747-8 program, culminating in the certification and entry into service of the 747-8 Freighter and Intercontinental airplanes.

Zarfos has served in other key leadership positions throughout his career at Boeing, including vice president of engineering for the 747, 767 and 777 programs, vice president of Product Development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and chief project engineer for the 777 program. During his role as 777 CPE, he led the development and certification of the 777-300ER and the 777-200LR airplanes, as well as the successful launch of the 777 Freighter.

Zarfos began his Boeing career in 1985 and spent his early career supporting various avionics development programs. He assumed positions of increased responsibility leading up to his first executive assignment as chief engineer of Systems for Airplane Programs, followed by the director of Airplane Systems.

He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master of science in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. Zarfos is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).