September 22-24, 2015
Seattle, Washington, USA
Washington State Convention Center
Keynote and Opening Plenary Speaker Bio InformationTuesday, September 22, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Dennis A. Muilenburg
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Boeing Company Dennis Muilenburg is president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company. Muilenburg, 51, oversees the strategic direction of the Chicago-based, $90.8 billion aerospace company. With more than 165,000 employees across the United States and in more than 65 countries, Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and top U.S. exporter. It is the leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, military aircraft, and defense, space and security systems; it supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 nations. Muilenburg became chief executive officer in July 2015 and president in December 2013. Until July 2015, Muilenburg served as vice chairman and chief operating officer of Boeing, where he supported the company's aerospace business operations and focused on specific growth enablers, including important global relationships, leadership initiatives and development program performance. Before that, Muilenburg served as president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). Earlier, Muilenburg was president of BDS's Global Services & Support business, vice president and general manager of the Boeing Combat Systems division, program manager for Future Combat Systems. Earlier, vice president of Programs & Engineering for Boeing Air Traffic Management and director of Weapon Systems for the proposed Boeing Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. He also held program management and engineering positions on F-22, Airborne Laser, High Speed Civil Transport and the Condor reconnaissance aircraft, among others. Muilenburg, who joined Boeing in 1985, spent the first 15 years of his career in the Puget Sound region of Washington, where he held a number of program management and engineering positions in support of both the commercial airplanes and defense businesses. Muilenburg is a member of the board of directors of Caterpillar Inc., the U.S.-China Business Council, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology). He serves on the steering committee of the Defense Industry Initiative, is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) board of governors and serves on the AIA executive committee. He also serves on the boards of trustees for the National World War II Museum and Washington University (St. Louis). He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. A native of Iowa, Muilenburg holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University and a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington. 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. Dr. David E. Walker
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition
The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Dr. David E. Walker, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology, and Engineering, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. Dr. Walker is responsible for preparing policy, guidance, and advocacy for the Air Force's annual $2 billion science and technology program. He provides annual testimony to Congress, technical advice and counsel to the Air Force Acquisition Executive, and the Air Force's science and technology recommendations to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In addition, Dr. Walker is responsible for overseeing a broad range of engineering and technical management policy spanning systems engineering; environmental safety and occupational health; industrial preparedness; and functional management of more than 14,000 military and civilian scientists and engineers. Dr. Walker retired from an active-duty Air Force career as a colonel in 2006. As a master navigator, he has more than 2,700 hours in 65 different types of aircraft including the RF-4C and the F-15E. He served in a variety of assignments in operations, developmental test and evaluation, science and technology and the Air Staff. Prior to his current position, Dr. Walker served as Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition Integration), Washington, DC. Education
1979 Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
1980 Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
1984 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1991 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Doctor of Philosophy degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1997 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1999 Advanced Program Manager Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2009 APEX Senior Executive Orientation Program, Washington, D.C.
2010 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2011 CAPSTONE, National Defense University, Washington, DC
2012 Senior Managers in Government, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA Career Chronology
1. February 1980 - October 1980, student, undergraduate navigator training and Tactical Navigation Course, Mather AFB, Calif.
2. October 1980 - June 1981, student, RF-4C Replacement Training Unit, 33rd Tactical Reconnaissance Training Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
3. June 1981 - May 1984, RF-4C weapon systems officer, 38th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Zweibrucken Air Base, West Germany
4. June 1984 - July 1984, student, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
5. August 1984 - June 1985, instructor weapon systems officer, 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
6. June 1985 - June 1986, student, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
7. June 1986 - January 1987, experimental test navigator, 6512th Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif.
8. February 1987 - November 1988, experimental test weapon systems officer, F-15 Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, Calif.
9. November 1988 - July 1990, executive officer to the Commander, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif.
10. August 1990 - June 1991, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. June 1991 - June 1994, doctoral student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
12. July 1994 - May 1995, Chief, Instructor Training, Curriculum Development, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
13. May 1995 - July 1996, Deputy Commandant, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
14. July 1996 - June 1997, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
15. July 1997 - June 1998, Deputy Chief, Common Systems Division, Directorate of Global Power Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
16. June 1998 - August 1999, Chief, Agile Combat Support Division, Directorate of Global Power Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
17. August 1999 - June 2001, Director, Air Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
18. June 2001 - July 2003, Commander, 412th Operations Group, Edwards AFB, Calif.
19. July 2003 - July 2006, Vice Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
20. July 2006 - September 2008, Director, Material and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
21. September 2008 - May 2011, Associate Director of Programs, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
22. May 2011 - August 2012, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition Integration), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
23. August 2012 - present, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Science, Technology and Engineering), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Awards and Honors
Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Distinguished graduate, ATC Commander's Cup, and Ira Husek Flying Trophy, Undergraduate Navigator Training
Top Gun, Tactical Navigation Course
Distinguished Graduate, RF-4C RTU
Distinguished Graduate and Outstanding Contributor, Squadron Officer School
Distinguished Graduate and Raymond L. Jones Award, USAF Test Pilot School
Distinguished Graduate, Air Command and Staff College