Instructors - Orlando Aerospace Short Course

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KU Aerospace Short Courses in Orlando


Mario Asselin

Mario Asselin is chairman of Asselin, Inc. (, a company that provides engineering services in performance, stability and control. He is also an Engineering Fellow for Bombardier Aerospace, a Transport Canada DAD, and a FAA flight analyst DER for Part 23 & 25. Asselin previously held positions as Director of Flight Test Center Engineering, Operations, and Quality for Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita, Kansas, manager flight test team CSeries at the Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita, senior manager of engineering flight test with Honda Aircraft Corporation, vice president of engineering with Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation, Learjet's chief of stability and control at the Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita, chief technical for Bombardier's CRJ-900. He has taught courses for the Royal Military College of Canada, McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal. He is the author of An Introduction to Aircraft Performance. Asselin holds a B.E. in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and an M.Sc.A. in aerothermodynamics from École Polytechnique of Montreal.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Operational Aircraft Performance and Flight Test Practices

George Cusimano

George Cusimano is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Vector LLC aviation consulting services. He is a flight test engineer and educator with more than 40 years of experience in research, development, and test of important leading edge technologies. He has flight-tested complex systems, such as the F-117, B-2, X-33 (single stage to orbit prototype), DarkStar UAV and X-35 (Joint Strike Fighter prototype). In addition to multiple postings as a flight test engineer, George was: the Director of Test and Evaluation for the F-117 System Program Office; the Chief of Flight Test Engineering for the B-2 Combined Test Force; the Deputy Director of the Joint STARS Combined Test Force; and the Director of Flight Test at the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. George has also taught at the National Test Pilot School and has served as a Technical Advisor to the United States Air Force. He retired from the United States Air Force as a colonel after 24 years of service. George holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. He is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School and a Fellow of the Society of Flight Test Engineers.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Flight Test Principles and Practices

Travis Dahna

Travis Dahna is the Principal member and Electrical Systems and Equipment DER for TD Aerospace, LLC, a professional aerospace engineering design and certification company based in Kansas. He started his career over 25 years ago as an avionics technician and troubleshooter in the United States Navy, where he served with distinction and was honorably discharged. As a Gulf War Veteran, Mr. Dahna joined the civilian aviation sector where he has worked on, designed, and certified a wide variety of new products and articles for the last 20 years. He has held positions as a senior electrical engineer for a large aircraft manufacturer and served as the Certification Coordinator for all the factory owned service/modification centers in the United States, providing all interface with the geographic FAA Aircraft Certification Offices for all standard certification STC projects. Following his time at the aircraft manufacturer, he assisted in the development of an STC ODA for a consulting company and held the position as the Principal Certification Engineer, while also training as an alternate ODA administrator.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Introduction to FAA Airworthiness Approval Requirements

Mark Ewing

Mark S. Ewing is former chairman of the aerospace engineering department and is currently the director of the Flight Research Laboratory at the University of Kansas. Previously, he served as a senior research engineer in the structures division at Wright Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and as an associate professor of engineering mechanics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. His research interests include structural vibrations and structural acoustics, especially as related to fiber-reinforced composites. Ewing is a past recipient of the University of Kansas School of Engineering Outstanding Educator Award. He holds a B.S. in engineering mechanics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.S. in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics, both from Ohio State University.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Aircraft Structures: Analysis and Design

Albert Helfrick

Albert Helfrick is Professor Emeritus and former chair of the electrical and systems engineering department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Previously, he was director of engineering for Tel-Instrument Electronics, a manufacturer of avionics test equipment. Before entering academia, he was a self-employed consulting engineer for four years where he and his company designed fire and security systems, consumer items and avionics. He has more than 50 years of experience in various areas of engineering including communications, navigation, precision testing and measurement, radar and security systems. He performed radiation hardening on military avionics, designed test equipment for the emerging cable television industry, designed general aviation avionics for Cessna Aircraft and precision parameter measuring and magnetic systems for Dowty Industries. Helfrick is the author of 12 books, numerous contributions to encyclopedias, handbooks and other collections. He has more than 100 technical papers and presentations, served as an expert witness in a number of civil cases and testified before Congress. He holds five U.S. patents, is a registered professional engineer in New Jersey, a Life Senior Member of the IEEE, and an associate fellow of the AIAA. Helfrick has received the AIAA Dr. John Ruth Digital Avionics award. He holds a B.S. in physics from Upsala College, M.S. in mathematics from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in applied science from Clayton University.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Fundamental Avionics

Thomas Hermann

Thomas M. Hermann has a strong background in aeroelastic analysis of aerospace structures and has performed structural dynamic, aeroelastic, and dynamic loads analysis of aircraft ranging from single engine general aviation aircraft to twin turboprop, carrier based, AEW aircraft to twin turbofan transports and business jets. In the course of these projects, he has also conducted ground vibration and flight flutter testing. He completed his master's thesis in transonic aeroelasticity at the University of Kansas under Dr. C. Edward Lan.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Principles of Aeroelasticity

Michael H. Jenkins

Mike Jenkins brings over thirty years' experience in the aerospace industry, having worked for several major original equipment manufacturers and as an independent aerospace consultant. He is an FAA DER with authority in 14 CFR Part 25 certification regulations. He specializes in mechanical systems including flight controls, doors, and hydraulics including system definition, requirements, architecture design and layout, and monitoring for traditional mechanical, electro-mechanical, hydro-mechanical, and fly-by-wire systems. He has extensive experience in sizing and performance analyses, design, schematics, testing, and failure mode and effects for power control units and actuators. Mr. Jenkins has delegated authority for mechanical systems safety analyses for air conditioning, pressurization, oxygen, and fire protection. He also specializes in structures cabin safety for design and construction, testing and aircraft inspection as well as power plant safety analyses for airplane turbine engines and auxiliary power units. He is an SAE-18 committee member and a co-captain of ARP 4761. Mr. Jenkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Flight Control and Hydraulic Systems.

Greg Lewis

Greg Lewis is an aeronautical engineer and test pilot with 46 years of experience in flight testing of both military and civil aircraft. He retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years, serving initially as a fighter pilot in F-4's, including a combat tour in Southeast Asia (SEA). After returning from SEA, Greg spent the rest of his military career in flight test of fighter aircraft, including the F-4, the F-16 and a research version of the F-15, implementing thrust vectoring and inflight reversing. After leaving the Air Force, Greg joined the National Test Pilot School (NTPS), teaching academics as well as serving as a flight instructor in aircraft ranging from gliders to supersonic aircraft. In addition to instructing, Greg served in leadership positions, including Chief Flight Test Instructor, Chief of Academics and Head of Training. Greg also is an FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER), flight testing new and modified civilian aircraft for certification. Over his career, he accumulated over 10,000 hrs in 126 different aircraft. Greg holds a B.S. and M.S in aero/astro engineering from MIT. He is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School and a Fellow and Past-President of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Flight Test Principles and Practices

C. Bruce Stephens

C. Bruce Stephens is an HIRF/Lightning/EWIS ODA UM/AR at the Boeing Company and a consultant DER at his company, Stephens Aviation, with a wealth of experience in High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) and Lightning protection of Aircraft. Stephens retired from Hawker Beechcraft after 28 years of service. He has HIRF/Lightning experience on both Part 23 and Part 25 including composite aircraft. Stephens is working with the Boeing Team to develop EWIS requirements and means of compliance on several aircraft projects. Stephens is a Six-Sigma/Lean Master Black Belt consultant, developing implementation and training materials, and teaches at a number of universities, including Webster University and Southwestern College. He has an executive M.B.A. and M.S. in Management from Friends University and a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Wichita State University.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Electromagnetic Effects Aircraft Level Testing and FAA Requirements

Thomas Taylor

Thomas (Tom) Taylor is an FAA Consultant DER, ODA E-UM/Advisor and Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company, with 30 years of commercial and military aircraft electrical design and certification experience. Tom was the technical focal and DER/AR during the development of the 787-8 and was responsible for the certification of the 787-9, which was the first commercial airplane fully certified to the EWIS regulations. Most recently, he has been extensively involved in the analysis, testing and re-certification of the 737MAX. Tom also provides engineering consultation, training, and aircraft certification services through his company, Taylor Aerospace Consultants. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Electrical Wiring Interconnection System (EWIS) and FAA Requirements

Case van Dam

C.P. "Case" van Dam is the Warren and Leta Giedt Endowed Professor and Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California at Davis and heads the California Wind Energy Collaborative-a partnership between the University of California and the California Energy Commission. Before joining UC Davis in 1985, he was a National Research Council (NRC) post-doctoral researcher at the NASA Langley Research Center, and a research engineer at Vigyan Research Associates in Hampton, Virginia. Van Dam's current research includes wind energy engineering, aerodynamic drag prediction and reduction, high-lift aerodynamics, and active control of aerodynamic loads. He has extensive experience in computational aerodynamics, wind-tunnel experimentation and flight testing; teaches industry short courses on aircraft aerodynamic performance and wind energy; has consulted for aircraft, wind energy, and sailing yacht manufacturers; and has served on review committees for various government agencies and research organizations. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and M.S. and Doctor of Engineering degrees from the University of Kansas, all in aerospace engineering.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Aerodynamic Design Improvements: High-Lift and Cruise