Dr. Michael S. Torok
Michael S. Torok, Ph.D., is Chief Engineer, Maritime Programs for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Dr. Torok has been in this position since October 2005. In this role, Dr. Torok is responsible for all technical aspects of the Maritime product line, including customer interface, requirements development and technology insertion, proposals, technical execution of development and sustaining programs, production and fleet support activities. Maritime products include the U.S. Navy MH-60R and MH-60S platforms, international S-70B platforms (Singapore, Turkey) and the Maritime H-92 platform, specifically the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program (CH-148 Cyclone). Prior to this position, Dr. Torok held positions as Director, System Engineering & Technology, Director, Engineering Sciences, Chief of Dynamics, Manager of Advanced Rotor Active Control Programs and Supervisor of Aerodynamic and Aeroacoustic Methods.
Dr. Torok holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Torok was a recipient of the U.S. Army Distinguished Rotorcraft Fellowship and was a recipient of the American Helicopter Society's (AHS) Vertical Flight Foundation Fellowship. He was awarded the Francois Xavier Bagnoud (young engineer) award by AHS and the Gruppo Agusta International Award as part of the Sikorsky / USG / ZFL Individual Blade Control Team. He has served on the AHS Aerodynamics and Education Committees, as Technical Chairman of an AHS Aeromechanics Specialist Conference, as the AHS, NE Region Vice-President and as the Director of the AHS Technical Council. He currently serves on the AHS Board of Directors. He is also a member of the National Academies, Technical Advisory Board for the ARL Vehicle Technology Directorate. He has been inducted into the University of Maryland, Aerospace Engineering, Academy of Distinguished Alumni. He is author of multiple technical papers and publications and holds seven patents.