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Aerospace Executive Development Academy ACAD12

Many engineering, technical, and business professionals in aerospace companies demonstrate desirable skills and qualities, that identify them as candidates for high level leadership positions.  Leveraging SAE’s longstanding reputation in aerospace standards and lifelong learning programs, an executive development program has been designed for high-potential leaders in the aerospace industry. 

This nine-day, two (non-consecutive) week program combines established leadership content with highly relevant aerospace industry experiences including interactions with some of industry’s top executives and agency leaders, case studies, and a real-world team project.  Our team of experts includes Steve Bouley, the former Vice President of the Space Launch Systems Business Unit for Aerojet Rocketdyne and other finance, management, and leadership instructors.

The first Academy week is held in Washington DC, and it will include participation in the SAE 2018 Aerospace Standards Summit, which brings together civil and military regulators responsible for certification, aerospace industry leaders, and subject-matter experts and provides a platform to facilitate the successful introduction of transformational technologies. This year’s event will focus on how automated systems and artificial intelligence will impact the role of humans in aerospace systems.

Following a four-week break, the second Academy week will be held in Newport Beach, California where students will be exposed to a panel of guest speakers from the aerospace and space industries.  Class hours each day are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Attendees are also expected to devote minimal time during evening hours to work on the team project.

The course fee includes all instruction and course materials along with daily meals including light breakfast, and lunch.  Dinners, lodging, and airfare expense is on your own.

Learning Objectives
By attending this Academy, you will be able to:
  • Articulate the fundamental skill sets necessary to lead, plan and manage strategically
  • Effectively manage complex decision and policy making situations
  • Analyze and formulate effective business strategies
  • Plan and implement organizational change
  • Demonstrate awareness of core financial management skills
  • Evaluate several enterprise financial and functional decision processes
  • Analyze business situations with a strategic big-picture think-like-an-owner perspective
  • Explain the government and regulatory considerations in leading aerospace companies
  • Consider global aerospace market dynamics
  • Develop and make high impact presentations
  • Leverage a new and ongoing network of peers and executive contacts

Who Should Attend
This Academy is designed specifically for future leaders in aerospace-related companies who have shown high potential to grow into upper management and executive level positions. Typical current job titles may include Senior Manager, Director, Group Leader.

This Academy assumes individuals have at least seven years’ experience in the aerospace industry and have had some level of responsibility managing people and business activities.

Monday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm

Welcome, Orientation—Steve Bouley

  • Program overview and Group Project Review
  • Ice-breaker activity
  • Project team group assignments
High Impact Presentations—Jan Ferri-Reed
  • Key parts of successful presentations—introductions, transitions, conclusions
  • Using your strengths to your advantage
  • Understanding and persuading your audience
  • Tips for visuals
  • Tips for effective remote presentation (web-ex, etc)
  • Preparation and practice
  • Autonomy and Flight
  • The Changing Role of Humans (Humans System Integration)
  • Potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Aviation and Aerospace Systems
  • Maintaining Unmaintainable Systems
  • How Trustworthy are your Systems?
  • How Trustworthy are your Models?
Principles of Economics & Finance-James Masiak
  • Organizational Processes & Responsibilities for Determining Cost
  • Economics, Finance & Cost Principles
  • Macroeconomics and Growth
  • Microeconomics, Supply & Demand, Pricing
  • Comparative Advantage & Benchmarking
  • Finance & Accounting Principles & Managerial Accounting
Finance and Financial Condition Analysis (Thinking Like an Owner)
  • Corporate SEC Form Filings
  • Financial Statements & GAAP
  • Financial Analysis & Ratios, Case Analysis
  • Capital Sources & Allocation
  • SEC documents (10-Ks)
Time Value of Money and Decision Making
  • Interest: simple and compounded
  • Inflation
  • Worth: present and future values
Decision Making
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Net Present Value
  • Internal Rate of Return, Payback Period
  • Case Analysis, including cost impact of regulatory changes
Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Principles of Economics & Finance-James Masiak
Cost Impact on the Enterprise
  • Cost of capital, cost of equity and debt, WACC, Case Analysis
  • Cost of Ownership, Depreciation; Accelerated cost recovery; Depletion
  • Tax obligations and Corporate Rates
Alternative Financial Decisions Using Case Analysis
  • Make-Buy
  • Buy-Lease
  • Repair-Replace
  • Investments of Unequal Life
Sensitivity and Scenario Analysis
Matrix Priority Rating Systems – Balancing new technologies and current products using cross-functional business disciplines

(Week Two)

Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Strategic Leadership in Aerospace - Steve Bouley
Introduction to Strategic Leadership
Human Behavior

  • Theories of human behavior
  • Factors that motivate
Organizational Culture
  • Elements of organizational culture
  • Influencing organizational culture
  • Examining norms
  • Defining Tribal behavior and the impact
Organizational Systems in the Aerospace Industry
  • Examination of Aerospace Systems
  • Applying Systems successfully in Aerospace
  • Geographical diversity and managing virtual workforces/suppliers
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Strategic Leadership in Aerospace - Steve Bouley
Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Situational analysis
  • Solving system problems
  • Tools for root cause analysis and problem solving
  • Framing decisions
  • Barriers to effective decision making
  • Managing Polarities
  • Adaptive Response
Planning and Managing Change
  • Managing the change process
  • Transition states
  • Stability versus chaos
  • Force field analysis
  • Planning a change initiative
  • Culture as a barrier to change
  • Anticipating and dealing with resistance
  • Importance of clear and consistent communication during change
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Strategic Leadership in Aerospace - Steve Bouley
  • What is a leader?
  • Leadership Theories
  • Leader vs Manager
  • Effective leadership and employee support
  • Barriers to leadership
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Strategic Leadership in Aerospace - Steve Bouley
Politics and Leadership
  • External and internal clients
  • Communication
  • Successful relationship building
  • Working with others effectively
  • Career impact
Leadership Strategy
  • Why is strategy important?
  • The significance of well thought out strategy
  • Critical components of strategy
  • Adaption and Change
  • SWOT analysis is just the beginning
Steve Bouley - Aerospace Leadership Academy Curriculum Lead; James Masiak; Jan Ferri-Reed

Steve Bouley Instructor Steve Bouley
Steve Bouley is currently the CEO of SAB Consulting, LLC which provides Program Management & Engineering Consulting Services to a variety of commercial and government customers. Steve retired as Vice President of the Space Launch Systems Business Unit for Aerojet Rocketdyne in early 2016 after working over 35 years in the rocket propulsion industry. Steve joined Rockwell International in 1980 as a development engineer on the Peacekeeper ICBM Stage IV development program at the company's Rocketdyne Division in Canoga Park, CA. 

In late 2003, Steve became Division Director of Expendable Propulsion Programs, including the RS 68, RS-27 and MA-5/5A engine programs. In 2005, Steve held a leadership role in the merger of Rocketdyne with Pratt & Whitney's space propulsion business to form Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR), and he was then named General Manager of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's California Operationsl He managed the United Technologies Corporation/PWR's West Palm Beach, FL facility from September 2008 to February 2011. With the acquisition of PWR by Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (formerly Gencorp), Steve became the Vice President of Space Launch Systems for Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island. He also studied for a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the California State University, Northridge. He has a certificate in Program Management from the West Coast University, and in August 1999, received his Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Additionally, Steve is a registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering in the State of California.

James Masiak
 Instructor James Masiak 
Since 1986, James Masiak has been acquiring experience in product and process development and implementation of business processes for General Motors. Activities include the implementation of an enhanced engineering product cost management process within GM North America, the alignment of cross-functional organizational initiatives, and development of an engineering resource allocation plan for GM Regions. Mr. Masiak was also responsible for the development and implementation of Global Engineering and Business Strategies across General Motors International Operations. His initial assignments at GM included vehicle and component testing & analyses, product development & management and strategic planning and benchmarking. He has recently applied the Innovation Corps Business Model Canvas methodology in assisting college and private sector startups.

Mr. Masiak received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his M.B.A. from the Michigan State University Executive Management Program.

Jan Ferri-Reed Instructor Jan Ferri-Reed 
Jan Ferri-Reed is a seasoned consultant and President of KEYGroup where she has worked with leaders to create cool workplaces that attract, retain, and get the most from their talent. Her expertise, insight, wisdom, humor, and practical solutions have made Jan a highly sought-after speaker for keynote addresses, seminars, conferences, and workshops. She has brought fresh concepts and effective techniques to executives and audiences around the globe.

Among the organizations that have engaged Jan to deliver speeches, develop custom presentations, and provide consulting services are: GlaxoSmithKline, Pitney Bowes, PPG Industries, Inc., U.S. Steel Corporation, SAE International, American Society of Association Executives, Transformer Association, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, National Association of Graphic and Product Identification Manufacturers, Inc., Bristol Myers Squibb, Bayer, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, and MTV Networks.

Jan is the co-author of the published book with Dr. Joanne G. Sujansky for John Wiley Publications, Keeping the Millennials: Why Companies are Losing Billions in Turnover to This Generation and What to Do About It and author of Millennials 2.0: Empowering Generation Y. These books explains how Millennials are costing corporations around the globe billions in unnecessary, preventable turnover and provides a proven approach for creating a corporate culture that keeps them on the job and working productively.

Scott Ward Scott Ward is Vice President of Engineering for Aerojet Rocketdyne, and provides the overall leadership, resource management, project oversight and technical guidance for all activities within the Engineering organization. He oversees approximately 1,500 mechanical, electrical, systems and software engineers for the company. His leadership oversight of the company’s engineering activities drives the development and fielding of rocket propulsion systems and energetics for defense and aerospace applications. In this role, Mr. Ward also serves as the chief technical spokesperson for Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Mr. Ward is a veteran of the aerospace and defense industry. Prior to joining Aerojet Rocketdyne in 2016, he was the director of the Engines & Motors Team at United Launch Alliance (ULA). In this position, he had comprehensive responsibility for managing the full life cycle and value stream integration of all liquid propellant rocket engines and solid propellant rocket motors used in ULA’s launch vehicle product lines.

Prior to that assignment, Mr. Ward was director of Product Development and Evolution, responsible for planning and execution of product development projects that improved the capability, operability and affordability of the Atlas and Delta product lines. Developments executed under his leadership included major launch system upgrades, engine upgrades, new payload accommodations capabilities, range modernization enablers and primary structure improvements.

Before joining ULA, Mr. Ward held a number of leadership positions at The Boeing Company. He was the director of Delta IV Development where he led the development and refinement of concepts for evolving the operational Delta IV fleet into higher performing variants. He also was the chief systems engineer for Delta IV Development activities, as well as the manager of the Aerodynamics and Thermal Analysis group for the Delta Launch Vehicle Programs.

Mr. Ward began his career at McDonnell Douglas in 1986 as an aerodynamicist working on advanced programs at the commercial aircraft division. He later moved to the missiles and space division where he provided specialized Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis expertise, supporting various strategic defense and NASA programs.

Mr. Ward holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.

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Fees: $7995.00
SAE Members: $6396.00 - $7196.00

5.2 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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Duration: 9 Days
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