In-Person | March 15-17, 2022 | Pasadena, California
Digital Summit | March 22-24, 2022 | Online

AeroTech 2022 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Naveed Hussain

Chief Technology Officer, Boeing
Vice President and General Manager, Boeing Research & Technology

Tuesday Welcome & Opening Keynote

Naveed Hussain is Boeing's chief technology officer (CTO) and vice president and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), Boeing's advanced central research and development unit. In his role as CTO, Hussain accelerates Boeing's innovations and technology by leading the development and implementation of the company's enterprise technology investment strategy.

As a trusted research, technology and technical organization, BR&T develops innovative technologies that break barriers, enabling the development of future aerospace solutions while improving the cycle time, competitiveness, quality and performance of existing Boeing products and services. Named to his BR&T position in 2018, Hussain leads a team of scientists, technologists, technicians and engineers who collaborate with research and development partners worldwide to solve the aerospace industry's toughest challenges.

This also includes Boeing subsidiary, Aurora Flight Sciences, which specializes in creating advanced aircraft through the development of versatile and intuitive autonomous systems. Additionally, Hussain has oversight of operations at five research centers in the U.S. including Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington, as well as seven international research centers in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Russia and South Korea.

Prior to this assignment, Hussain was the vice president of Aeromechanics Technology for Boeing. Previously, he led Platform & Networked Systems Technology for BR&T, launched the BR&T - India research center in Bangalore and directed Boeing Defense, Space, & Security Flight Engineering. He holds eight patents and joined the company as a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow in 1990.

Hussain earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Stanford University, all in mechanical engineering. He also completed a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Roberto I. Guerrero

Deputy Assistant of the Air Force, Operational Energy

Tuesday Keynote

Mr. Roberto I. Guerrero, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations, and Environment, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. Mr. Guerrero is responsible for providing oversight and direction for all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, and execution of plans, policies and programs for the effective and efficient use of the Air Force’s $5 billion Operational Energy Bill in support of its global mission.

Mr. Guerrero earned his commission as an ensign in the Navy through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1988 and received his wings as a Naval Aviator in 1989. He held assignments in Florida, California, Virginia and Texas, culminating his Navy career in 1999 as an Operations Officer and Flight Instructor in the T-34C. In 2000, Mr. Guerrero was selected for inter-service transfer to the Air Force. He qualified on the E-3 Sentry (AWACS) and held assignments in Oklahoma and Okinawa, Japan, where he commanded the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron. He later served at the Air Force Safety Center as a Division Chief and concluded his military career as the center's Vice Commander. During his military service, he participated in operations Deep Freeze, Korean Contingency, Noble Eagle, and flew 24 combat missions over Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was a command pilot with more than 4,100 flight hours, including more than 350 combat hours.

Mr. Guerrero entered the civil service in 2010 where he served as Deputy Chief of Safety, U.S. Air Force, and Executive Director, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Following this tour of duty, he was Director of Staff, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Georgia.

1987 Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering, California Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
1991 Aviation Safety Officer's Course, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
2001 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2006 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2007 Chief of Safety Course and Safety Board Presidents Course, Air Force Safety Center, Albuquerque, N.M. 2011 Air Force Senior Leader Orientation Course, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
2012 AFSO 21 (LEAN/Six Sigma) Air Force Executive Leader Course, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2018 APEX Department of Defense Senior Executive Orientation Program, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
2020 Defense Energy Certificate Program, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
2020 Advanced Senior Leader Development Seminar, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
2020 Harvard Kennedy School, Leadership Decision-Making, Cambridge, Mass., by correspondence
2021 Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with gold numeral one and two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Navy Commendation Medal with gold star
Navy Achievement medal with gold star
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device
Antarctica Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award

2013 Seven Seals Award, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
1992 Rescue Aircrew of the Year, Single Action, Naval Helicopter Association

Ethan Plotkin


Tuesday Keynote

Ethan Plotkin is the CEO of GDCA, Inc. (“Great Designs Continued Always”), a unique California company that specializes in manufacturing and repairing “obsolete” computers that control defense systems. Discontinuation of these older circuit-cards routinely prevents depots and “primes” from achieving readiness objectives. Ethan is a passionate advocate for “strategic DMSMS” as a means to improve the way programs achieve cost-effective sustainment throughout a system’s lifecycle, writing and lecturing extensively on the subject. Ethan has been privileged to contribute to a number of government and industry panels and collaborations - including the annual DMSMS conference. He has been active for many years in both NDIA (National Defense Industries Association) and AIA (Aerospace Industries Association) to discover and encourage policies and practices that benefit both Government and Industry alike. Prior to his work at GDCA, Ethan spent more than a dozen years leading teams and projects involving business analysis, strategy, and business improvement implementation programs.

Dr. Allan Steinhardt

Chief Scientist, AEye

Tuesday Keynote

Dr. Steinhardt is among the world’s most widely esteemed defense scientists. An IEEE fellow, Steinhardt is a sought-after expert on radar, missile defense, GMTI and space surveillance. He was Chief Scientist for DARPA, co-author of a book on adaptive radar, and assistant professor in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, where he performed funded research on sensor arrays and optimal detection capabilities. A sought-after writer and speaker, he has published more than 200 articles in academic and defense strategy journals exploring various areas of space, land, and naval based electronic warfare, sensor, and radar systems. Prior to AEye, Steinhardt served as chief scientist at Booz Allen. He has also served as the radar project lead at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and director of signal processing for the defense Industry with BAE/Alphatech. Steinhardt holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and graduate degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a current member of the National Academies of Science Naval Studies Board.

Matthew Kosmal

Regional Director - Market Analysis, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Tuesday Keynote

Matthew is a Regional Director of product forecast on the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Market Analysis team. He has been with The Boeing Company since 2014. His current responsibilities include strategic market insight as focal for North America, market sizing to guide product strategy and development, and project management of the Commercial Market Outlook (CMO), the firm’s 20-year forecast for the commercial aviation industry. He pioneered the use of Tableau on the corporate website for data visualization of the CMO.  Matthew was previously the lead for market analysis of Oceania, Africa and SE Asia, including passenger and air cargo sales campaign support.

Before joining Boeing he held roles in marketing, technical sales and product management in the automotive, industrial automation and software industries. Matthew has a BS in Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Kansas with a concentration in Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Dr. Danny Howard

Director of Space Electrics for Space & Launch Engineering within Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Wednesday Opening Keynote

Danny Howard is Director of Space Electrics for Space & Launch Engineering within Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). Space & Launch Engineering is responsible for ensuring the technical integrity and success of programs including the Space Launch System, CST-100 Starliner, and International Space Station as well as Satellite programs. Space Electronics is responsible for design, development, manufacturing and testing of digital, power, analog and radio frequency electronics, as well as the test equipment for space applications.

Danny’s last job was the senior manager for Space and Launch (S&L) Integrated Space Vehicle Systems and Software Engineering (ISVS2E) which includes: Spacecraft Systems Engineering, Integration and Test (SEIT), Spacecraft Platform Systems Engineering, Survivability Engineering, Attitude Control Subsystem (ACS), Command and Data Handling Subsystem (C&DH), Flight Software Engineering (FSW), and HW/SW Test Platform Engineering. He was also the Space and Launch Systems (S&L) Mission Systems Capability Focal, responsible for driving engineering excellence and ensuring the technical integrity and success of S&L development and production programs, working across BDS Mission Systems Capabilities to leverage best practices.

Previously, Danny was the 702SP Avionics IPT lead, responsible for the Attitude Control (ACS) and Command and Data Handling (C&DH) Subsystems, to include the hardware (flight computer, sensors, actuators, etc.), flight and simulation software, and subsystems, software and hardware test platforms, which was a Level 1 IPT directly accountable to the 702SP Program Manager and 702 Product Line Chief Engineer. This IPT developed the next generation of satellite avionics that are being used on commercial and government satellites.

In parallel, Danny was the Space and Intelligence Systems (S&IS) Flight Functional Manager, responsible for functional excellence for all Flight disciplines within S&IS, which included deploying common approaches to professional development, processes and tools, as well as developing technical excellence.

Since joining Boeing, Danny has worked on almost every aspect of satellite ACS, from requirements to analysis to validation to customer support, including flight software development and CMMI compliant processes.

Danny has over fifteen years of experience as a manager of Functions and Departments.

Dr. Danny D. Howard was born and reared in Columbus, Mississippi. After graduating from Mississippi State University with a BS in Aerospace Engineering, he matriculated to the world-renowned GALCIT (Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories California Institute of Technology) for graduate school where he earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering (and a minor in Electrical Engineering). Upon completion, Danny joined Hughes Space and Communications (now Boeing Space and Launch), where he began his career in the space industry.

In addition to a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D., Danny is a California board certified Professional Engineer (PE) in Mechanical Engineering. He also served as an officer in the Mississippi and California Army National Guards and Army Reserve for fifteen years.

Amanda Simpson

Vice President for Research and Technology, Airbus Americas

Wednesday Keynote

Amanda Simpson is the Vice President for Research and Technology at Airbus Americas and is responsible for coordinating technology development, research activities, and innovation for Airbus in the western hemisphere. She is also the Head of Sustainability efforts for Airbus in the Americas.

Previously Ms. Simpson was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy at the U.S. Department of Defense, responsible for developing the strategy for the utilization of energy for military operational forces worldwide and the senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to energy in our military. Prior to accepting that responsibility, she was the Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives, an organization developing large scale renewable energy projects to bring energy security to Army installations leveraging private sector financing. In addition, she has held senior government roles in the office of the Army Acquisition Executive and the Bureau of Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Prior to her government appointments, Ms. Simpson had distinguished program management career in the aerospace industry working for Raytheon, Hughes Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft, and Hughes Helicopters.

Ms. Simpson has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including the Tucson YWCA Woman on the Move, Arizona Human Rights Fund Individual Award, and National Conference for College Women Student Leaders Women of Distinction Award, and was named an Outstanding Alumni of Harvey Mudd College. She is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Department of Defense Pride Civilian Leadership Award. Her team received the DARPA Award for Significant Technical Achievement in 1999. Ms. Simpson earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Harvey Mudd College, a Master of Science in Engineering from California State University, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. She is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics serving on the Systems Engineering Technical Committee, Executive Steering Committee, and Corporate Member Committee. She is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and serves on the board of the Washington DC Chapter. She serves on the boards of directors of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Thermal Batteries Inc., and chairs the board of directors of the Airbus Institute for Engineering Research.

Ms. Simpson holds both an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and a Certified Flight Instructor license, and has logged nearly 3,000 hours of flying in more than 60 different types of aircraft including floatplanes, flying boats, unmanned drones, and multi-engine jets.

Dr. Parimal Kopardekar

Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI)

Wednesday Keynote

Parimal Kopardekar (PK) serves as the Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI). In that capacity, he is responsible for exploring new trends and needs related to aviation in the areas of autonomy, aeronautics manufacturing, and advanced air mobility. He also serves as NASA's senior technologist for Air Transportation Systems and principal investigator for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) project. He was formerly manager of the NASA’s Safe Autonomous System Operations Project, which developed autonomy related concepts, technologies and architectures that will increase efficiency, safety, and capacity of airspace operations.

Prior to that, he managed Next Generation Air Transportation Systems (NextGen) Concepts and Technology Development Project. He enjoys initiating new concepts and technology ideas that increase airspace capacity and throughput, reduce delays, and reduce the total cost of air transportation. At NASA, he has initiated many innovative research projects including reduced crew operations, net-enabled air traffic management, autonomy for airspace operations, Shadow-Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART NAS), and low-altitude airspace management system focused on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations.

He is the winner of the 2020 NASA Government Invention of the Year and the 2018 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (known as the Oscars for the federal workforce) in the "Promising Innovations" category. In 2017, he was named among the 25 most influential people in commercial drone industry. He has published over 50 conference and journal papers with three best paper awards, delivered more than 20 keynote talks at national and international conferences, and participates as an expert with media on topics related to unmanned aircraft systems, urban air mobility, autonomy, and supply chain management. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and recipient of numerous NASA awards including Outstanding Leadership Medal and Engineer of the Year. He holds a doctorate and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and bachelor’s degree in production engineering. He serves as the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Aerospace Operations. He also serves as an adjunct faculty and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to operations management and supply chain management.

Davis Hackenberg

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Mission Integration Manager, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), NASA

Wednesday Keynote

Davis Hackenberg is currently serving the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) as the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Mission Integration Manager. He performs his duties from NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. Mission Integration Manager duties for AAM include strategic mission planning and leading the development and implementation of the AAM mission spanning all relevant ARMD project and center research activities with the goal of implementing the NASA AAM investment strategy in a manner that accelerates AAM. Davis is responsible for strategic and technical management, including integration with multiple government agencies ensuring that the products of this effort are relevant and will be utilized by all customers and stakeholders. Davis received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master’s degree in System Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Ramy Mourad

Director of Engineering, Urban Air Mobility, Boeing

Wednesday Keynote

Ramy Mourad serves as Boeing’s Director of Engineering for Urban Air Mobility. With Boeing affiliates, his team will take on the exciting goal of designing and building one of the world’s first certified commercial autonomous, electric aircraft.

Ramy has enjoyed working on the frontiers of novel technology in commercial and defense aerospace throughout my career. From very light jets to optionally piloted helicopters to 787 and KC-46 Tanker, he has more than 15 years of experience in test engineering and program management.

He believes that the aerospace industry is on the cusp of a technological revolution making aerial travel available to the majority of civilization. Ramy is known to foster diverse, collaborative, and innovative team cultures in pursuit of that future.

Anthony M. Nicoli

Aerospace Senior Director, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Wednesday Keynote

Anthony leads the aerospace business for Siemens Digital Industries Software and is charged with expanding its contribution to this market. Prior to this role, he led Mentor’s technical sales team serving The Boeing Company. Nicoli joined Mentor in 1999, where he led the marketing organization for Mentor’s Calibre integrated circuit physical verification product line, before joining Mentor’s sales team. He spent nearly 20 years in the defense industry, developing electro-optic and electro-acoustic systems and businesses, working primarily in the tactical missile countermeasure and underwater imaging domains. Nicoli holds Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

Dr. Melissa Orme

Vice President, Boeing Additive Manufacturing

Wednesday Keynote

Dr. Melissa Orme is the vice president of Boeing Additive Manufacturing for The Boeing Company. She reports to Boeing’s chief engineer and senior vice president of Engineering, Test & Technology, and is responsible for continuing to grow and scale additive manufacturing capabilities and helping to rapidly expand understanding of the unique features that 3D printing can bring to Boeing factories and production lines.

Orme’s organization is also driving application scalability for existing products, and maturing technology for future franchise platforms across Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Defense, Space and Security and Boeing Global Services.

Prior to joining Boeing in 2019, Orme worked at MORF3D, where she served as the chief technology officer since 2015. Over the span of her career, Orme held senior leadership roles at start-up technology companies, including chief scientist and head of clinical research. She began her career in academia, rising to the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Irvine.

An early pioneer of additive manufacturing, Orme’s work has resulted in 15 U.S. patents. Her research and technology developments have received international recognition and numerous awards. As an author and technical advisor, she serves on several advisory and professional committees for additive manufacturing and aerospace. Orme has doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California

Dale Tutt

Vice President of Aerospace and Defense Industry, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Wednesday Keynote

Dale Tutt is the Vice President of Aerospace and Defense Industry for Siemens Digital Industries Software. He is responsible for defining overall the overall Aerospace and Defense industry strategy for Siemens Digital Industries Software, driving specific industry requirements into solutions for Aerospace and Defense customers.

Dale has over 30 years of experience in engineering design, development, and program leadership within the Aerospace industry. Prior to joining Siemens, Dale worked at The Spaceship Company, a sister company to Virgin Galactic, as the VP of Engineering and VP of Program Management, where he led the development and flight test of vehicles for commercial space tourism, completing a successful flight test to space in December 2018.

Prior to working at The Spaceship Company, Dale spent 18 years at Cessna Aircraft / Textron Aviation in program and project management, systems engineering and integration, advanced design, autopilot integration, simulation development and other engineering roles. In one of his most recent roles at Cessna, he was the Chief Engineer and Program Director of the Scorpion Jet program, where he led a dynamic engineering, supply chain, and manufacturing team to design, build and fly the Scorpion Jet prototype from design concept to first flight in 23 months.

Annabel Flores

President of Electronic Warfare Systems, Raytheon Intelligence & Space

Wednesday Keynote

Annabel Flores is president of Electronic Warfare Systems for Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a business of Raytheon Technologies. She oversees the overall strategic direction and operation of a diverse portfolio of electronic warfare products such as the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Jammer and the U.S. Army’s Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool, as well as the business’s high energy laser systems and Applied Signal Technology area.

Most recently, Flores served as the vice president of Electronic Warfare Systems at Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems business prior to Raytheon Company’s merger with United Technologies Corporation in 2020. She was previously director of the Airborne Early Warning and Reconnaissance Systems product line within the Space and Airborne Systems Secure Sensor Solutions mission area. She has also been the manager for the Silent Knight Radar product line and held various business development roles at Raytheon Company’s corporate team and with its Intelligence, Information and Services business.

Flores was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She earned a dual master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a MBA through MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations program. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the institution.

Jason Clark

Vice President - Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Fabrication and Supply Chain Engineering 

Thursday Opening Keynote

Jason Clark was named vice president of Airplane Programs, Fabrication and Supply Chain Engineering in September 2021. In this role Clark is responsible for the engineering teams that directly support the Supply Chain, Fabrication, 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 programs. He works with these teams to prioritize and ensure product definition, production system efficiency, and fleet safety and reliability. He is also accountable to meet program schedules and the long-range business plan for Commercial Airplanes, and provide strategic direction.

Prior to this assignment Clark was the New Product Development Operations Leader. In that role he was responsible for the conceptualization, development and design of new commercial airplane products and associated production systems. He was also responsible for developing the next generation of aerospace production systems including advanced fabrication and assembly technologies, and logistics.

Clark earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, an MBA from Washington State University, and both an MBA and Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Clark’s philosophy is that we are only successful when we work together to create a professional work environment where every member of the global team feels they can speak up and be heard, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion, and where every individual is valued and feels they are part of something bigger than themselves.

Dr. Sandra Bour Schaeffer

Head of Airbus Demonstrators, CEO of Airbus UpNext

Thursday Keynote

Dr. Sandra Bour Schaeffer is the Head of Airbus Demonstrators and the CEO of Airbus UpNext. In these roles, Sandra and her team help shape the future of aerospace by evaluating, maturing and validating new technological breakthroughs in space, aviation, helicopters and urban air mobility.

Dr. Bour Schaeffer is focused on Airbus’s efforts to both reinvent and accelerate aerospace research and prototype development to achieve proof of concepts at scale and speed. To achieve this, she supports her team as they work with internal and external partners, identify and hire industry-leading talent, and boldly experiment to build the future of flight. Her passion for aerospace innovation is long-standing, having spent over two decades in the aerospace industry.

In addition, Dr. Bour Schaeffer is an experienced engineer. She holds multiple degrees and licenses, including a Flight Test Engineer License from EPNER, a PhD in fluid dynamics from ISAE SUPAERO, an engineering degree from ISAE ENSMA, as well as a private pilot license. She also currently serves on the ONERA Board of Directors.

Dr. Susan Ying

Senior Vice President, Ampaire

Thursday Keynote

Dr. Ying has devoted over three decades to the aerospace industry, with experience at NASA, Boeing, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), and most recently an electric aircraft start-up company, Ampaire. She is the SVP of Ampaire, responsible for global partnerships and operations. She is also the VP Aerospace serving on the Board of Directors of SAE, and is a board member of the Lindbergh Foundation.

Demonstrating success both at individual and team levels, Dr. Ying has been the recipient of many honors, including the People’s Republic of China Friendship Award, Asian American Engineer of the Year Award, Boeing Professional Excellence Award from the CTO, NASA Group Achievement Award, AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Best Paper Award, and the Professional Achievement Award for Women of Color in Technology. Dr. Ying is the past President of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS), serving on the Executive Committee which leads in shaping the agenda of this multinational professional aerospace organization. Dr. Ying is recognized as a Fellow of the AIAA and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). With a deep passion for flight, Dr. Ying holds a Commercial Pilot License and is a FAA-Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). She received her PhD and MS degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.