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.

Christopher E. Singer Christopher E. Singer
Director, Engineering Directorate
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Christopher (Chris) E. Singer is director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Appointed to the position in 2011, Mr. Singer leads an organization of 1,400 civil service and 1,200 support contractor employees responsible for the design, testing, evaluation and operation of hardware and software associated with space transportation, spacecraft systems, science instruments and payloads under development at the Marshall Center. The Engineering Directorate also manages NASA's Payload Operations Center at Marshall, which is the command post for scientific research activities on board the International Space Station. Mr. Singer began his NASA career in 1983 as a rocket engine specialist. In 1992 served a one-year assignment at NASA Headquarters in Washington as senior manager for the space shuttle main engine and external tank in the Space Shuttle Support Office.

In 1994, Mr. Singer supervised the development and implementation of safety improvements and upgrades to shuttle propulsion components. In 2000, he was appointed chief engineer in the Space Transportation Directorate and in 2002. was selected as deputy director of Marshall's Engineering Directorate from 2004 to 2011. He has authored several papers on space transportation and propulsion systems development. In 2006, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives - the highest honor for career federal employees. He was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2001 and 2008 for his leadership. In 1989, he received the prestigious Silver Snoopy Award from the Astronaut Corps for his contributions to the success of human spaceflight missions.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Singer earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1983 from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Singer is married to the former Jody Adams of Hartselle, Alabama. They have three children and live in Huntsville, Alabama.

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
Engineering for Commercial Aviation Services & Senior Chief Engineer of Support
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Todd Zarfos is senior chief engineer of Support and vice president of Engineering for Commercial Aviation Services within Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He is responsible for developing, deploying and integrating engineering and technology strategies to meet Commercial Aviation Services' business goals and commitments. He also provides oversight for design, certification and product integrity for all CAS business and product-development efforts.

Previously, Zarfos served as vice president of 747 engineering and senior chief engineer of airplane systems for Commercial Airplanes. Zarfos was appointed as the senior chief of engineering for airplane systems in March 2010, where he was responsible for driving engineering excellence within the airplane systems community while also ensuring the technical integrity and success of Commercial Airplanes' development and production programs. His senior chief engineer assignment was in addition to his vice president of engineering for 747/747-8 programs, which he assumed in March 2009. In this role, Zarfos lead the development activities for the 747/747-8 to ensure achievement of development milestones, customer commitments and business plan for the programs.

From February 2008 until March 2009, Zarfos served as the vice president of engineering for the 747, 767 and 777 programs. In this assignment, Zarfos was responsible for leading the engineering management team, which was responsible for product definition - parts, plans and tools - as well as engineering process and product improvement for the three wide body airplane programs.From 2006 until 2008, Zarfos was vice president of Product Development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where he led the team responsible for developing new and derivative commercial airplane products, including concept development, preliminary design and program planning. He also was responsible for managing the R&D plan and supporting technology programs, as well as the airplane concept centers, environmental performance strategy and Air Traffic Management collaboration.

Prior to this assignment, he served as the chief project engineer for the 777 Program, where he led the engineering team and oversaw the technical direction across the various engineering disciplines during the development and certification of the 777-300ER, the 777-200LR airplanes and the successful launch of the 777 Freighter.

Zarfos began his Boeing career in 1985. In 2001 he became the director of Airplane Systems, and in 2000 he was named the chief engineer of systems for Airplane Programs.

He holds a bachelor's of science in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master's of science in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. In 2008, Zarfos was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.