Thomas Maxwell

Thomas Maxwell

General Manager
Military Systems Engineering
GE Aviation Co.
BSAAE 1969





"Engineering in conjunction with the sciences is key to this nation's economic future. Our world leadership position will only be maintained through the development and manufacture of advanced technology products. Therefore, it is incumbent on current practicing engineers to sustain the profession by influencing increasing numbers of high school graduates to enter our vocation."

Tom Maxwell graduated from Purdue in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering before receiving a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier University.

Upon graduation, he joined GE Aircraft Engines in Evendale, Ohio, holding a variety of positions in engineering, sales, and program management. After assignments in engine testing and commercial engine turbine design, he was appointed B-2 and U2-R engine program manager in 1982. In 1987, he was tasked with establishing a Military Product Support Engineering organization for the newly fielded F-110 (F-16 and F-14), F-101 (B-1), and F-118 (the B-2 and U2-R) engines. He was promoted to program director for these same engines in 1991.

In 2001, Maxwell was appointed to lead development of the F-136 engine for the F-35 fighter jet. In his current role as general manager of Military Engine Systems, he oversees engineering for all GE military engines, including those in development and operation.

Maxwell is a recipient of the Beacon of Light Award from Lighthouse Youth Services in Cincinnati, and he represents GE on the Technical Operations Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association.