Class Notes

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Charles R. Reid (BSAE’49) Carmel, IN, joined Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith as vice president of global wealth management 

Dr. Gerald Johnson (BSAE’62) Emeritus Abell Professor of Engineering, Colorado State University, is the representative of American Association of Engineering Societies to the World Federation of Engineering Organizations. Dr. Johnson is a Member of Committee on Education & Training and on the Committee on Capacity Building
Dr. William Lee (MSAE’62) has retired from teaching and is now a Life Coach with Navigators of Canada, Vancouver. He and his wife have four children and twelve grandchildren
Mark Schlegel (BSAAE’68; MSAAE’69) The Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) inducted AAE alumni Mark Schlegel to the highest grade of “Fellow” at the organization’s 53rd annual awards banquet held on Sept. 26, 2009. Mark is a Senior Engineering Test Pilot at the Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita KS. Mark has been a pilot for 43 years and has logged over 12,000 flight hours, including over 6,000 hours in experimental flight test
Martin Dixon (BSAAE’70) has retired from Pratt & Whitney after over 39 years of service
Michael Corso (AAE’71) Fort Myers, FL, has been included in the 2010 Florida Trend’s Legal Elite
William F. Krieger (E’72, MS AAE’74, PhD AAE’77) Yuma, AZ, left his career designing offshore oil rigs to attend seminary school and is now the priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Jack Cox (BSAAE’73; MSAAE’73) Coastal and Port Engineering Manager with HDR Engineering and a Distinguished Lecturer and Program Associate at the University Of Wisconsin School Of Professional Development curricula in Docks and Marinas. Recently appointed Vice Chairman of the Recreational Boating Commission to the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses He is the author of Breakwaters, Entrances and Basins Chapter of the ASCE Manual for Marian Design. He is also Senior Diplomat in Coastal Engineering
Charles W. Haupt Jr. (BSAAE’75) Centennial, CO, is now the United Launch Alliance booster strength manager. He oversees the metallic booster structure for both the Atlas and Delta launch vehicle for ULA
C. Bruce Harmon (BSAAE’71) Colorado Springs, CO, was promoted to Dean of Doctoral Computer Science at the Colorado Technical University Institute for Advanced Studies. He will remain the Dean of Engineering and Computer Science
Edward Bielski (BSAAE’74, MS M’76) Winter Park, FL, has been appointed as finance director of Nangwik Services in Jacksonville, FL
Lt. Gen, John Hudson (MSAAE’74, DEA’03) retired from the US Air Force on October 1, 2009. He was awarded the 2009 Heritage Award by the Air Force Association Wright Memorial Chapter 212 in Sept. 2009. This award recognizes the Air Force individual who has left a positive significant impact on the military aerospace community at Wright Paterson Air Force Base
James Livingston (BSAAE’78) Systems Engineer with DRS Intelligence & Avionics Solutions, Inc. Dayton, OH has been as assigned as the lead systems engineer for an Airborne Improvised Explosive Device detection system concept development program with DRS Codem Systems, Inc. in Merrimack, NH.
Tim Trowbridge (BSAAE’80) retired as Department Manager, Northrop Grumman Corporation in February 2010
Jeffrey King (BSAAE’85) is Sales Manager for American Chemet, Deerfield, IL.
Wayne Tygert (BSAAE’85) has been promoted to Chief Engineer, Boeing Commercial Airlines Loads and Dynamics Organization. Wayne previously served for two years as the Senior Manager for Airplane Design Integration & Analysis on the 787 Program. He is the youngest engineer to be appointed a manager in BCA L&D 12 years ago at the age of 34 and is also the youngest Chief Engineer in BCA L&D. The top three positions in BCA L&D are all held by Boilermakers with Lee Favour (BSAAE '84) and Jeff Bland (BSAAE '78) as Senior Managers
Bob Leckinger (BSAAE’86) President FAFCO Inc. Chico, CA. which is the oldest and largest solar thermal manufacturing company in the US that manufacture solar water heaters, solar pool heaters, and thermal energy storage tanks. Bob earned his MBA from Santa Clara University in 1992 and completed a CPIM from APICS in 2000. Bob and his wife Kelly have been married for 26 years
Jamie Renna (BSAAE’86) Member of the AAE Industrial Advisory Councilhas been named Vice President, Engineering Safety, Test & Evaluation for Sikorsky Aircraft. This is a newly established position and consolidates engineering safety and test functions under one leader. Jamie also serves as Deputy Chair of the Product Safety Board (PSB) for all Sikorsky programs. Since joining Sikorsky Aircraft in 1987, Jamie has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Test Engineering organization and later in the Design Engineering organization as Chief of Rotors Design.  His most recent assignment was Director of Dynamic Systems Engineering where he was responsible for providing technical leadership for all design, process, and materials engineering for rotor hubs, rotor blades and transmissions.  His engineering responsibility covered the entire lifecycle of these critical components, from development through production and support.  Jamie also served as Integrated Product Team leader for the ongoing S92 main gearbox product improvement initiative
Gregory McNew (BSAAE’88) Senior Development Education Student in USAF at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pursuing a Masters of Engineering and Management – System Design and Management as part of the Air Force’s Senior Development Education program
Matt Feaster (BSAAE’91) is with the United States Air Force at Hill AFB
Brad Till (BSAAE’91) Regional Director, Product Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Seattle 
Dr. Amy Foster (BSAAE’93) Asst Prof at the University of Central Florida has written a book on the history of women’s integration into NASA’s astronaut corps which is under contract with The Johns Hopkins University press. It is due out this year
Brett Hoffstadt (BSAAE’93) Project Engineer, CV-22 Technology & Test, The Boeing Company is also the Boeing Technical Program Manager with the Center for Rotocraft Innovation, the industry partner of the National Rotocraft Technology Center. Is also the Chairperson for the AIAA Great Philadelphia Section for the 09-10 term. Brett and his wife Rita have a daughter Maya (6) and a son Max (3)
Dr. Peter Lai (MSAAE’93) Engineering Specialist with The Aerospace Corporation Conference Technical Chair for the 19th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting in Savannah, GA in Feb 2009 and will serve as Conference Chair for the 21st AAS/AIAA conference
Jason Bowman (BSAAE’94) is atthe Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton, OH and has been involved for the last two years in system engineering and development planning for MQ-X, an eventual follow-on to the MQ-9 Reaper. Prior to this, he was involved in the DARPA Morphing Aircraft Structures program
Dr Scott Hucker (PhD’94) Manufacturing Engineering Manager at General Motors
Artagnan Ayala (BSAAE’95) President and CEO of Profit Force Consulting Group LLC.
John Oppelt (BSAAE’97) Mechanical Engineer at Spar-Tek, Portland        
Birk Billingsley (AAE’00, MSE’03), Bloomington, IN, started his own business in designer neckwear in Indiana.,
Dr. Brandon Owens (BSAAE’03) Flight Dynamics Analyst in the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. He has completed his PhD in Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mark Ward (MSAAE’03) Engineering Tram Lead for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is a former Sikorsky Helicopter Test Pilot, selected for position as engineering team leader on S-70B helicopter (H-60 SeaHawk international variant)
Colleen Rainbolt (BSAAE’05) Regional Marketing Director – Passenger Satisfaction & Revenue, The Boeing Company, Seattle
Aaron Mayne (BSAAE’06) is engineer for The Boeing Company Integrated Defense Systems, St. Louis, MO 
Kyle Ryan (BSAAE’07) Experimental Hardware Design, The Boeing Company, Seattle. Technical Skills Development Lead for Boeing Opportunities for New Engineers (ONE) which is an organization to provide special company funded projects and opportunities for early career engineers to develop their skills and experience in areas outside their normal work statement. Projects aim to enable hands-on, close collaboration and knowledge sharing between experienced and younger engineers while preparing future leaders at the Boeing Company
Daniel Uffelman (MSAAE’08) Systems Engineer for Northrop Grumman in Colorado Springs
Dawn Moessner (MSAAE’08) Mission Design Analyst at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Kelly (Walsh) Dixon (MSAAE’09) Engineering Leadership Development Program at Lockheed Martin and is now on the second rotation in Palmdale, CA at the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works (Advanced Development Projects) Kelly was married on January 2, 2010 in San Antonio, TX.
Amanda Schmidt (MSAAE’09) Propulsion Systems Engineer for Qualis Corporation, Huntsville, AL.   

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