The Aerospace Engineering School Advisory Council (AESAC)

From the AESAC Chair

We are living in incredibly dynamic, challenging and interesting times. Aerospace engineers are at the forefront of creating growth-infused technology that will improve standards of living, better humankind and introduce new environments for humankind to live, learn and play.

The discipline of aerospace engineering goes far beyond applications just for space and aviation.  The progress in our field extends into technological advancements throughout all facets of our everyday lives.  The history of the US space program and the resulting technological leaps that have provided a positive impact on all of our day to day lives is astounding and includes cell phone cameras, home insulation, baby formula, air purifiers, water filtration, shock absorbers for building, etc. The list is long and varied and is an example of the far reaching impact aerospace engineering has on improving our world. 

The emergence of all these technologies is also making the dream of mega cities ever closer to reality. Soon, high-speed aircraft will carry us between cities and countries with increased ease and flexibility.  Air mobility taxis and drones will quickly and safely deliver people and parcels within those cities and surrounding communities.  In the meantime, space discoveries are bringing us one step closer to people visiting and living on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.  

With the support of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering leadership, faculty, and staff-our students are well poised to expand on these opportunities and more, positively impacting the human condition. I’m a proud graduate of this School and incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve as chair of its board of advisors. The future is limitless, and I’m excited to see what Georgia Tech’s AE community creates.

I invite you to join us in this era of unprecedented growth and ingenuity,

Gary M. Weissel,
BSAE ‘93 & AESAC Chair
Managing Officer, Tronos Aviation Consulting, Inc.

 

Industry, military, academic, and government leaders are recruited to serve on the AESAC. Members meet once a year to discuss the School's progress and define its goals for the coming year. The following are the 2020 members of AESAC:

Ben Bellows
AE '06
Senior Director, Mechanical Systems, Externals, and Nacelles Engineering
Pratt & Whitney
Ron Bessire
Vice President, Engineering and Technical Operations
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Robert Braun
Director of Solar System Exploration
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Robert A. Cowart
AE '90, '91
Consultant
Formerly, Director of Supersonic Technology Development, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Marcus J. Dash
AE '66, '68
Retired
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
John W. Elbon III
AE '82
Chief Operating Officer
United Launch Alliance
Philip A. Fawcett
AE '89, '90, '92
General Manager, Electronic Programs Division
The Aerospace Corporation
Eric Gebhardt
AE '90
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Wabtec Corporation
Amy Hudnall
Director, Center of Innovation for Aerospace
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Ram Janakiram
AE '76
Manager, Flight Technology
The Boeing Company
Nick Lappos
AE '73
Retired
Formerly, Senior Technical Fellow, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
John E. Laughter
AE '93
Senior Vice President, Flight Operations
Delta Air Lines
Andrew Lewis
AE '76
CEO
Decision IQ
Colin Miller
Senior Vice President, Innovation, Engineering & Flight
Gulfstream
Lara Hodgson O'Connor
AE '93
President and CEO
NOW Corporation
Anne Patterson
AE ’71, ‘75
CEO
Women’s Telehealth
Dierk M. Reuter
AE '87
Founding Director
Lucid Markets Ltd. (retired)
Alton Romig Jr.
Executive Officer
The National Academy of Engineering
Larry Schneider
AE '85
Consultant
Formerly, Vice President/Chief Program Engineer NMA Program, Boeing Company
Christopher E. Singer
Retired
Formerly, Agency Deputy Chief Engineer, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Rafael Spears
Director of Commercial Systems
The Aerospace Corporation
Robert Stoker
AE '89, '90, '96
Senior Manager for Noise, Vibration and Emissions
The Boeing Company
Clayton P. Tino
AE ’07, ’12, ‘13
Chief Technology Officer
Beep
Gary M. Weissel (Chair)
AE '93
Managing Officer
Tronos Aviation Consulting, Inc.