March 14-16, 2023 | Fort Worth, Texas

Matt Holvey

Director, Intelligent Systems – Innovation
Bell, Textron Inc.


Matt Holvey serves as director of Intelligent Systems for Bell’s Technology and Innovation team where he uses his engineering expertise to develop experimental aerospace products using artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies. He leads a dynamic team of technical engineers that master system-of-systems modeling, machining learning, IoT technology, and more to develop software solutions that enhance our future and current aircraft. 

Before lending his talent to innovation research and development, Matt supported engineering design on Bell’s next-generation, single-engine, light commercial aircraft, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, and managed quality teams across three different manufacturing facilities. Throughout his career, he has connected people and technology for intelligent collaboration which spans aerospace manufacturing, operations, and experimental product development. He has a passion for discovering innovative solutions and specializes in modeling complex systems.

Matt joined Bell in 2011 after 10 years of naval service and holds a Masters in Engineering in Systems Engineering from Penn State.

Bob Pearce

Associate Administrator
NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)


Robert A. Pearce is the associate administrator for NASA ARMD. Pearce manages the agency’s aeronautics research portfolio and guides its strategic direction, including research in quiet supersonic flight over land, urban air mobility, autonomy, highly efficient advanced air vehicle concepts, electrified aircraft propulsion, advanced materials, airspace operations and safety, integration and flight demonstrations of aviation systems, and the nurturing and development of transformative concepts for aviation.

Pearce served as acting associate administrator from August 2019. Prior to that he was ARMD’s deputy associate administrator for strategy. From 2003 until July 2010, Pearce was the deputy director of the FAA-led Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO).

Pearce has received NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal for sustained excellence in planning and advocating innovative aeronautics programs in conjunction with the White House and other federal agencies. He received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal for outstanding leadership of the JPDO in support of the transformation of the nation’s air transportation system. Pearce has also received NASA’s Cooperative External Achievement Award and several Exceptional Performance and Group Achievement Awards. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Syracuse University, and a master’s of science degree in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Photo Credits: NASA / Bill Ingalls

Amanda Simpson

Vice President, Research and Technology (R&T)
Airbus Americas


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.

Julie Brightwell

Flight Deck Chief Engineer
Boeing Commercial Airplanes


Julie Brightwell is the BCA Flight Deck Chief Engineer. Her team is responsible for the design of the major components, interfaces, and human factors for all Boeing Commercial Flight Decks and ensure a pilot/machine interface across all Boeing models that maximizes efficiency, operability, and safety.

Over the course of a 20-year career at Boeing, Julie has held leadership roles in Airplane Systems, Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Airplane Level Integration, and Aerodynamics Engineering. She has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Michigan and holds a Private Pilot Certificate.

Julie is passionate about making the aviation system effective, efficient, and safe for all stakeholders.

Linda Cadwell Stancin

Vice President Air Vehicle Engineering, Aeronautics
Lockheed Martin


Linda Cadwell Stancin is currently serving as Vice President, Air Vehicle Engineering at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. The Directorates in AVE include Military Operations Analysis, Conceptual Design, Flight Sciences, Vehicle Systems, Model Base Systems Engineering, Structures Engineering, Material, Specialty, and Process Engineering, Simulations, Test and Evaluation and Flight Test. AVE leadership provides functional strategies, engineering expertise and staffing to support all Aeronautics programs and technologies. Approximately 5000 AVE engineers, scientists and technicians serve Lockheed Martin and our customers. Linda is also the Engineering executive sponsor for the development and implementation of Model Base and Digital Engineering.

She previously served as Vice President of Research and Technology in Lockheed Martin’s Chief Technology Organization. This role included: Global Research and Innovation, Research Programs, Technology Integration and Intellectual Property Management, Tech Collaboration, and Emerging Operations Technologies. She also served as the Chair of Lockheed Martin’s Technology Council, executive sponsor of the LM Fellows Program, Co-Chair of the EO Intellectual Property Board, and represented Engineering and Technology on the EO Diversity and Inclusion Council and the corporate Sustainability Leadership Group.

She joined Lockheed in March 2018 from Spirit AeroSystems to stand up Emerging Technologies for Digital Transformation. At Spirit AeroSystems, Linda was the executive leader of Research and Manufacturing Technology for the corporation.She led teams across multiple sites, including a research site in Scotland. Her teams provided research and engineering enabling significant OEM and other business wins. She was also the technical executive responsible for Intellectual Property strategy and the sponsor of the Technical Fellowship. Prior to this role she was the Director of Corporate Structures Engineering and Technology, including laboratories, structures analysis and certification, material and process engineering, and executive skill team leadership for Engineering.

Before joining Spirit, Linda worked at the Boeing Company for 16 years. Her last role was as senior manager for Composites, Interiors and Finishes Technologies for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.She also led the multidisciplinary skill area for the enterprise. Prior to this role she led corporate research and technology support to BCA Product Development.

Linda is currently on the Board for the Manufacturing Institute MxD. She advises and was an affiliate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She received her Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with research in materials science. She has multiple publications and patents.

Ian Fialho

Senior Technical Fellow Mechanical and Structural Engineering
The Boeing Company


Ian Fialho is an engineering executive Senior Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company. His areas of expertise include multi-physics modeling and simulation, loads and dynamics, shock and vibration, active/passive vibration isolation, control-structure interaction, aerial refueling systems, and probabilistic/stochastic dynamics. His sphere of influence spans all Boeing business units, and includes programs such as International and USAF KC-46 and KC-135 Tankers, Autonomous Aerial Refueling, MQ-25, F-15/F-18, Missiles and Weapons, Unmanned Maritime Systems, Satellites, International Space Station, Space Shuttle, Space Launch System, CST-100 Starliner, Lunar Lander, Rotorcraft, 777-X, 737, and 747-8.

Ian is a key leader and architect of the transformative engineering Design Practices initiative at Boeing. He serves as Chair of the enterprise Mechanical and Structural Engineering Technical Board and of the Defense and Space Division Engineering Analysis and Simulation Integration Council. He has led Enterprise Technology Strategy road-mapping and consolidation in Digital System Models and Twins, Real Time Simulation, Model Based Engineering, and Smarter Testing. He was Chair of the 2021 global Boeing Technical Excellence Conference, is a past Chief Editor of the Boeing Technical Journal, and as leader of the Defense and Space Technical Fellowship, guided selection, skill management, mentorship, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Ian received his Ph.D. in Control Science and Dynamical Systems from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Houston and University of Minnesota, and as Industry PI on research collaborations with academia. Ian is widely published and has been the recipient of several awards, including  the NASA Silver Snoopy and Space Flight Awareness Awards, Boeing Special Invention Awards, and Engineer of the Year Awards. He represents Boeing at the Aerial Refueling Systems Advisory Group (ARSAG), where he leads an international working group developing a modeling and simulation framework for smarter aerial refueling testing.