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Dr Rob Watson, Director, Electrical Systems,
Rolls-Royce

Rob Watson is the Director of Rolls-Royce Electrical.  Rob has previously held a number of different roles across the group, joining eight years ago as Regional Director, Middle East, before taking on a number of customer business and programme management leadership roles.  Immediately before taking on his current position Rob was Chief of Staff to the group CEO, Warren East.

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce Rob worked in the oil and gas industry, having started his career as a diplomat with the British Foreign Office.

Keynote Speakers - Plenary

Michael Winter, Senior Fellow, Advanced Technology,
Pratt & Whitney

Dr. Michael Winter is Senior Fellow for Advanced Technology at Pratt & Whitney. He is responsible for development and maturation of the Company’s technology portfolio, including identification and prioritization of technologies, establishing intellectual property basis, technology licensing, and technology partnership programs. Most recently he served as Director of Systems & Controls Engineering (SCE) at United Technologies Corporation, a world-wide corporation supplying a broad range of high-technology products and services to the fast-growing aerospace and building industries.

Dr. Winter holds Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science and Master of Philosophy degrees from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. He is the author of more than 30 patents and more than 50 published technical articles.

 

Ajay Misra, Deputy Director of Research and Engineering,
NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, Clevaland, OH, USA

Dr. Ajay Misra serves as the deputy director of Research and Engineering at NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. He shares responsibility with the director of Research and Engineering for leading and managing approximately 1,100 scientists, engineers and administrative staff dedicated to Glenn’s research and development in propulsion, communications, power, and materials and structures for extreme environments in support of NASA’s aeronautics and space missions.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Misra served as chief of the Materials and Structures Division in the Research and Engineering Directorate at Glenn, where he provided executive leadership for all aspects of planning, organizing and directing technology development and demonstration efforts, ranging from basic and applied research in advanced materials and structures for aerospace propulsion and power to the development of space flight structures.

Dr. Misra earned a doctorate degree in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University. He has authored three book chapters and authored or co-authored sixty publications. He is often an invited speaker at technical conferences and serves on multiple advisory boards. Dr. Misra has received several prestigious awards for his work at NASA, including the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives in 2015.

Rob Loveday, UK Avionics Growth Strategy Director,
GE Aviation

Rob has over 30 years of experience in the Aerospace industry having started as an Electronics Apprentice at British Aerospace.  Originally a design engineer Rob has transitioned through systems application engineering into Business Development, Marketing and Strategy roles through his 27-year career at GE Aviation.  Throughout this time Rob has developed a passion for innovation that supports and delivers customer value through the product lifecycle.

In his current role Rob is focused on developing and delivering the GE Aviation strategy for technology and capability growth in the UK particularly in support of the changes and opportunities created by the rapidly changing environment around autonomy and Air Mobility.

Rob is an active member of the UK Aerospace Growth Partnership Strategy Working Group and UK Aerospace Technology Institute Markets and Economics Advisory Group.  He has an MBA with Distinction from Aston Business School.

Keynote Speakers - Mini-Symposia

Robert Thomson, Partner,
Roland Berger, London, UK

Robert Thomson is a Partner in Roland Berger’s Aerospace & Defence practice, based in London. His recent work spans all aspects of the aerospace lifecycle from winning new bids, launching and managing complex new development programmes, supply chain design and management, maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO), aircraft financing and operation, and recycling. In addition, he has also been closely involved in much of the M&A activity in the sector.

Prior to joining Roland Berger, Robert worked as an engineer at Rolls-Royce and an investment analyst in the City of London. He holds an MBA with Distinction from the London Business School, and a first-class engineering degree from Cambridge University, where he was elected to the Sir Henry Royce scholarship.

 

Ajay Misra, Deputy Director of Research and Engineering,
NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, Clevaland, OH, USA

Dr. Ajay Misra serves as the deputy director of Research and Engineering at NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. He shares responsibility with the director of Research and Engineering for leading and managing approximately 1,100 scientists, engineers and administrative staff dedicated to Glenn’s research and development in propulsion, communications, power, and materials and structures for extreme environments in support of NASA’s aeronautics and space missions.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Misra served as chief of the Materials and Structures Division in the Research and Engineering Directorate at Glenn, where he provided executive leadership for all aspects of planning, organizing and directing technology development and demonstration efforts, ranging from basic and applied research in advanced materials and structures for aerospace propulsion and power to the development of space flight structures.

Dr. Misra earned a doctorate degree in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University. He has authored three book chapters and authored or co-authored sixty publications. He is often an invited speaker at technical conferences and serves on multiple advisory boards. Dr. Misra has received several prestigious awards for his work at NASA, including the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives in 2015.

 

Roei Ganzarski, CEO,
magniX, Seattle, WA, USA

Roei Ganzarski is CEO of magniX, an electric propulsion technology company. magniX is poised to disrupt the aerospace & defense industry with its advanced electric engines that will enable transportation capabilities and services never possible before.

Prior to magniX, Roei was CEO of BoldIQ for six years. BoldIQ is a global provider of dynamic real-time scheduling optimization software. Under Roei’s leadership, BoldIQ grew from a seed software startup to a profitable multi-million dollar SaaS company with customers worldwide and across industries.
Before BoldIQ, Roei was with the Boeing family of companies for thirteen years in continuously increasing roles of responsibility. His last role at Boeing was Chief Customer Officer for Boeing’s Flight Services division where he led all worldwide customer and market facing organizations and was responsible for revenue growth and customer service.

He is a graduate of Wharton’s Advanced Management Program, earned an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BA in Economics from The University of Haifa.

 

Kevin Jones, Head of Cyber Security Architecture, Innovation and Scouting,
Airbus (DTO)

Dr Kevin Jones is Head of Cyber Security Architecture, Innovation and Scouting at Airbus, leading a global network of; teams, projects and collaborations including; research & innovation, state of the art solutions development, and technology scouting for cyber security across; IT, ICS and Product security domains. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and MSc in Distributed Systems Integration from De Montfort University, Leicester where he also obtained his PhD: A Trust Based Approach to Mobile Multi-Agent System Security in 2010.

He is active in the cyber security research community, has published numerous papers and holds a number of patents within the domain. He is well known as an innovator, thought leader, and is responsible for multiple cyber security demonstrator platforms and laboratories.

 

Sean Sullivan, Engineering Senior Manager, Aviation Security,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Seattle, WA, USA

Sean is the Engineering Senior Manager responsible for Aviation Safety in Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Sean has held multiple positions at Boeing Defense and Space, Boeing Electronics and Boeing Commercial Airplanes over a career of 31 years. Experience at Boeing includes 25 years experience in Systems engineering at Boeing including 18 years of technical engineering management leading teams of electrical and software engineers.

Current responsibilities include managing Aviation Security for all Boeing Commercial Airplanes and coordinating effective and comprehensive industry and government guidelines and policies in the aerospace environment.

Previous assignments included eight years on the development of the 787 airplane leading teams responsible for Electro-magnetic effects, Passenger Seats and Cabin Systems. For the last four years Sean led the teams responsible for the 777 Systems & Equipment and responsibilities included evaluating in-service safety issues, support for in-service airplanes and the design and development of new features. Supplier oversight and Airline coordination have required extensive travel both US domestic and international resulting in a growing appreciation for doing business in a variety of different cultures.

 

Davide Martini, Senior Officer in Cybersecurity in Aviation,
EASA

Davide Martini serves as Senior Officer in Cybersecurity in Aviation at EASA. His recent work spans various aspects of cybersecurity in the aviation domain, from coordinating the development of a European Cybersecurity in aviation strategy, managing the foundation of a European Centre for Cybersecurity in Aviation (ECCSA) and analysing emerging cybersecurity risks related to the aircraft maintenance activities and ground operational technologies.

Prior to his current role, Davide served as an Engineering Manager at the Helicopter’s division of Leonardo, where he led a team of engineers responsible for the development of systems and services supporting aircraft’s operations, ranging from mission analysis, route planning, health and usage data analysis, maintenance schedule optimisation, as well as field loading of avionic software.

 

Maxim Nazukin, Project Manager,
Roland Berger

Maxim Nazukin is a Project Manager in Roland Berger’s Aerospace & Defence practice, based in London. His work spans across the entire Aerospace supply chain, with recent assignments including maintenance, repair & overhaul, component in-sourcing, market entry strategy, and strategy review for major Aerospace OEMs and Tier-1/2 suppliers.

Prior to joining Roland Berger, Maxim worked in the Manufacturing industry in various leading roles. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, and MS in Economics from Kiev National Economics University.

 

David Harra, Head of Innovation and Development for Assembly,
Airbus UK

David Harra has extensive experience of manufacturing in the aerospace industry across Europe. Initially starting his career in Manufacturing Engineering at Broughton in the UK, he has worked in Spain and most recently Germany, where he was instrumental in defining the industrial system for the Single Aisle Programme ramp up.

In David’s current position as the Head of Innovation and Development for Assembly, he has a team based across the Airbus European manufacturing foot print. He has the specific mission to develop and deliver innovative technology to 11 plants and 4 Final Assembly lines to support current and future aircraft programmes.

 

 

Paul Davies, Associate Technical Fellow,
Boeing Research & Technology

Paul Davies is an Electrical Engineer, Project Manager and Associate Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company.

He developed the company’s prototype Augmented Reality tool for manufacturing applications, and is currently leading a team overseeing its implementation on production programs around the company. In addition, he continues to lead advanced visualization Research and Development in the manufacturing domain.

Paul received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in May 2004, and a MS degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Digital Signal Processing from California State University Long Beach in May 2008.

 

Andy Thurling, Chief Technology Officer,
NUAIR Alliance

Andy Thurling recently joined NUAIR, the New York UAS Test Center, as the Chief Technology Officer where he leads technical research on current and future UAS technologies, evaluates potential paths to implementation, industry standards for approval by regulators, and test techniques to verify compliance. Prior to NUAIR, Andy was Director of Product Safety and Mission Assurance at AeroVironment in Simi Valley, California.

Andy is a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School. He has held several positions as a test pilot and as an instructor at the Test Pilot School. His career in the Air Force culminated as Commander of the Flight Test Squadron responsible for testing the nation’s newest unmanned aircraft. Andy has over 2300 hours of flight time in more than 35 aircraft types and was awarded the 2011 AUVSI “Operations Award” for leading the flight testing of the liquid Hydrogen powered Global Observer.