Mr. Kenneth Baird
(M.S. '94) Vice President of Weapons Systems, Millennium Engineering and Integration Comapny
Mr. Baird is the Vice President for Corporate Operations at Millennium Engineering and Integration, a high-end aerospace engineering services and solutions company serving NASA, NOAA, the Department of Defense, and the Intelligence community.
In his role, Mr. Baird is responsible for integrating the company's strategic plan, corporate budget, quality management program, business growth, organizational conflict of interest, and vital corporate functions such as IT, facilities, and security.
In his tenure at Millennium, Mr. Baird was instrumental in leading the growth of the company from 7 employees to approximately 1,000 employees today. Mr. Baird holds a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park and a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. He has over 20 years working with NASA, Navy, Missile Defense Agency, and the Intelligence Community in the areas of systems engineering, test and evaluation, integration and testing, and modeling and simulation.
Dr. Supriya Banerjee
Founder & CEO, The Finehas Group
Dr. Banerjee is a senior scientist with executive management experience and a history of successfully building and managing science and technology (S&T) organizations. She worked for 25 years at SAIC, a $10B Fortune 250 company, and was honored with the Excellence in Science and Technology Award during her tenure. Her career achievements include innovative contributions to S&T, strategic management, science policy, and STEM education. Dr. Banerjee has pioneered new modeling techniques to solve problems of national importance, greatly improving the understanding of natural and man-made phenomena. She is a published author, invited speaker, and is internationally recognized for her S&T work. Among her many awards is the Outstanding International Award from Women in Aerospace, which has more than 2000 members and over 80 corporate, non-profit, and academic partners. In addition to innovative research, she has led company-wide strategy, cross-disciplinary technical solutions teams, as well as external industry teaming efforts to win large technology programs that address high-impact, high-visibility issues.
Dr. Banerjee actively promotes K-12 to Ph.D. STEM education to prepare the next generation of STEM professionals. She serves on non-profits and University advisory boards, and holds leadership positions in professional societies. She serves as a Director for the non-profit FAMES® and leads program development for STEM and Women in FAMES. She chaired the Dean’s External Advisory Board at George Mason University, the School of Computational Science and served as an Affiliate Faculty. She represented SAIC in Industry-University partnerships to promote collaborations and undergraduate science education. Dr. Banerjee served as a Board Member and President of Women in Aerospace, and Board Member and Vice-Chair, Eastern Region of the Space Division of National Defense Industrial Association. She chaired the AIAA National Capital Section and won six awards. Currently she serves as the Co-Chair, Section Engagement for AIAA K-12 STEM and AIAA Career and Professional Development Committee (CPDC), and Deputy Director for CPDC, Region 1.
Dr. Banerjee received her Ph.D. in Physics from Boston College (research performed at Air Force Geophysics Laboratory and Naval Research Laboratory) and attended Harvard Business School for Executive Education.
Dr. Peter Chen
(B.S. ‘90, M.S. ‘93, Ph.D. ‘96)
Senior Director of Advanced Technology Intelligent Automation, Inc.
Dr. Chen is responsible for the engineering, business, and marketing aspects of transitioning IAI’s advanced research prototypes to products serving the Defense and Commercial markets. He leads a multi-disciplinary team in the execution of product designs, establishment of manufacturing partnerships, growth of product sales, and providing product engineering services and support. Dr. Chen works closely with IAI Corporate Leadership in the strategic planning and internal investments towards new products and services offerings of the company. Dr. Chen holds ten United States utility patents for inventions in optical sensing technologies, advanced flight control systems, shock and motion control devices, and structural health monitoring applications.
Dr. Chen earned B.S. (1990), M.S. (1992), and Ph.D. (1996) degrees in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Maryland at College Park with Professor Inderjit Chopra as advisor. His Graduate research focused on the implementation of intelligent materials systems for rotorcraft vibration and noise reduction applications. Dr. Chen joined IAI in 2012 as the Senior Director of Advanced Technologies, responsible for developing new programs in fundamental aeronautics R&D and for commercializing IAI’s ARGUS, RFnest, and other product offerings. Prior to IAI, Dr. Chen founded and led a spin-off business unit focused on optical fiber sensing systems and later served as Vice President of a global satellite-based search and rescue product company serving the tracking and monitoring industry.
He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a Member of the American Helicopter Society International.
Mr. Steven Donaldson
(B.S. ‘87) Director Air Vehicle Engineering Department, Air Systems Group, Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division
Mr. Donaldson currently serves as the Director of the Air Vehicle Engineering Department within the Air System Group at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division. This department is comprised of over 450 personnel responsible for delivering air vehicle engineering products and services for acquisition and sustainment engineering activities for Naval Aviation. He is responsible for the planning, direction, and execution of the Research, and Engineering efforts related to the development and sustainment of Naval Aviation assets across the technical disciplines within the department including Aeromechanics, Structures, Materials, and Aircraft Subsystems engineering.
From August 2007- March 2020, Mr. Donaldson served as the Head of the Aeromechanics Engineering Division within the Aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Department at the Naval Air Systems Command. This national engineering division is comprised of approximately 160 personnel responsible for delivering aeromechanical engineering products and services for acquisition and sustainment engineering activities for Naval Aviation. He is the principal NAVAIR spokesman and authority for air vehicle aeromechanics engineering matters and technology. He is responsible for the planning, direction, and execution of the Research, and Engineering efforts related to the development and sustainment of Naval Aviation assets across the technical disciplines within the division including Applied Aerodynamics, Stability & Control, Aircraft Performance, Flight Controls, Store Separation, and Flight Vehicle Modeling and Simulation. He is responsible for the planning, direction, and execution of the Research, and Engineering efforts related to the development and sustainment of Naval Aviation assets across these technical areas.
Mr. Donaldson currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program Computer Research and Engineering Acquisition Tools and Environments (CREATE) Air Vehicles Project whose charter is to develop and deploy computational engineering tools that address the needs of the air vehicle acquisition programs across the DoD.
Mr. Donaldson also serves on the Project Lead the Way Program Advisory Council for the Calvert County Maryland Public Schools advising and assisting with educational curriculum, advising students, faculty, county and state-level administrators, and providing educational opportunities to program participants. With a similar function, Mr. Donaldson serves on the University of Maryland Aerospace Engineering Department’s Board of Visitors.
Mr. Donaldson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University MD and has over 33 years of service with the Department of the Navy serving as an aerospace engineer within the Product Integrity and the Aeromechanics Engineering Divisions within the Naval Air Systems Command
Mr. Marcio Duffles
(B.S. '83) Vice President, Business Development, MDS Coating Technologies Corporation
Mr. Duffles received his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland in 1983. He worked for the Naval Air Systems Command Propulsion Division from 1983 -1997 as an engine performance analyst and manager of technology demonstrator engines. Mr. Duffles has worked for MDS Coating Technologies (MCT) since 1997 providing engineering and management support for developing, testing and implementing erosion / corrosion protective coatings for various military and commercial aviation and industrial gas turbine engines. He was appointed Vice President, Business Development in 2007 and has continued to transition the protective coating technology to various platforms - saving over $1B in maintenance costs for military aircraft and millions of dollars in fuel savings for commercial aircraft. The coating technology has been recognized by the Vertical Flight Society Jensen Award (2007), Department of Energy R&D Innovation Award (2013) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Continuous Low Energy Emissions and Noise
Dr. Matthew Hutchison
Vice President, Engineering
Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company
Dr. Matthew Hutchison is the chief operating officer of Aurora Flight Sciences. He joined Aurora in November 2014 from Rockwell Collins where he led the Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Controls Technologies business. With previous history at Aurora, he was also part of the successful Athena Technologies spinoff, which was ultimately acquired by Rockwell Collins.
At Aurora, he is responsible for leading the Engineering team in support of the business in all three of the company’s business sectors. In addition to profit and loss responsibilities in several business areas, prior experience includes leading the development of several unmanned aircraft, playing a key role in the development and fielding of the Athena line of navigation and flight-control products, certification efforts in both manned and unmanned systems, and technology integration efforts for application in markets adjacent to aerospace applications.
Dr. Hutchison has over 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry, with a particular focus on unmanned-aircraft-system development, test and operation. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, both from Virginia Tech.
Mr. Dan Newman
(M.S. ‘92) Senior Technical Fellow,
Chief Engineer Advanced VTOL at Boeing
Dan Newman is a Boeing Senior Technical Fellow, supporting Commercial Airplane Product Development focusing on Advanced Concepts. In Commercial Airplanes Product Development, Newman leads a variety of advanced feature and platform concept efforts, provides counsel and expertise across programs, and coordinates advancements in technology maturation and risk mitigation processes. Boeing Commercial Product Development develops and delivers the next generation of commercial aircraft products and services to advance global air transportation.
Newman also serves as Chief Engineer for the Phantom Works Advanced Vertical Life organization in Defense, Space & Security. Within Advanced Vertical Lift, Newman is responsible for the technical integrity of all research, and coordinates technical activities with Phantom Works Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft, Vertical Lift Business Unit, Boeing Research & Technology and Commercial Airplanes. Boeing Advanced Vertical Lift identifies and matures a full range of runway independent technologies, products and services to meet the demands of the warfighter including rotorcraft, tiltrotor and powered lift aircraft.
Newman previously served as a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, responsible for a variety of developments in unmanned aircraft, high-fidelity modeling, sensors, airspace network and architecture, and aircraft survivability. Prior to DARPA he was a Technical Fellow of The Boeing Company in a variety of roles on the RAH-66 Comanche and Advanced Rotorcraft.
Newman also served as an Adjunct Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and as the Technical Director of the AHS International, the premier global vertical flight technical society. Newman began his career in Technical Marketing for General Electric Plastics Division.
He received his Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center at the University of Maryland, under Professor Gessow, and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Sibley School at Cornell University.
Mr. Thomas Ng
(B.S. ‘84) Director of Engineering, GE Aviation - Unison Industries
Thomas V. Ng is the Director of Engineering for GE Aviation/Unison Industries - Electrical Products business, based in Jacksonville FL. Tom has 34 years of experience working at GE Aviation, all in the Engineering discipline. In Tom’s current role, he is responsible for the technical vision, direction and execution of the electrical products that Unison designs.
Tom’s career with GE Aviation began in 1984 as a GE Edison Program Engineer and was previously the Electrical Systems Executive Manager for the Product Integration Center (PIC) team in Cincinnati.
Prior, Tom has had multiple section leader and program manager roles including GEnx Controls/Configs Section Leader, Military Controls Section Leader, C5 Galaxy/CF6-80C2L1F Engine Systems Engineering Manager, and CFM/GE90 Controls Program Leader. Tom served for 2 years as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt co-leading the Design for Reliability Business Y. Tom also led GE’s Asian Pacific American Forum for several years representing GEA in various roles, including a role as a Developing Health Globally GE Ambassador to Cambodia, where helped to support the donation of $20M in medical equipment and services to several hospitals in Cambodia.
Tom attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. Tom is the GE University Executive for Maryland and is on the Advisory Board for Aerospace Engineering at UMD in College Park.
Tom has a 22-year-old daughter, Amy, who is studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Dayton and a 25-year-old son, Ben, who graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Computer Engineering. Tom’s spouse, Esther, is also with GE Aviation and works as a Consulting Engineer for Leap Engine Systems. Tom enjoys cycling/working out and watching baseball/football in his spare time.
Mrs. Tanya Pemberton
Tanya Pemberton is senior vice president of the National Systems Group at The Aerospace Corporation. Pemberton is responsible for the company’s support to the national security space and intelligence community in the acquisition, launch, and orbital operation of advanced technology space systems and their supporting ground systems. She assumed this Chantilly, Virginia-based position in September 2019.
Prior to joining Aerospace, Pemberton was the chief information officer and director of Information Technology (IT) Services for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). There, she led and directed NGA’s mission and enterprise IT development and operations, transforming NGA’s technical infrastructure into a modern, cloud-based, data-centric architecture to better serve the geospatial intelligence needs of the nation. As CIO, she also oversaw strategy, policy, implementation, and governance of NGA’s IT investments.
Pemberton has more than 30 years of experience in both industry and the federal government, delivering large-scale technical systems and working problems across multiple business sectors to include space systems, mission ground systems, information technology, and analytic organizations. Over the past decade, Pemberton served in a number of senior executive assignments to include chief of staff, associate deputy director for Science and Technology, and director of the intelligence community’s Open Source Center. Earlier in her government career, she served at the National Reconnaissance Office leading and managing the acquisition and development for a variety of technical initiatives and programs in the Geospatial and Signals Intelligence Directorates. Most notably, she served as program director for a next-generation, multibillion-dollar imaging satellite system, managing acquisition, development, and delivery.
Previously, Pemberton worked as an aerospace engineer at Hughes Space and Communications where she developed and applied her engineering and management skills in the areas of mission analysis, spacecraft design, and program management on both government and commercial projects.
Pemberton has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Pemberton received the NGA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal in 2019; the Presidential Rank Award in 2013; the NRO Gold Medal of Distinguished Service in
Dr. Michael Ryschkewitsch
Head, Space Exploration Sector Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Dr. Michael G. Ryschkewitsch became the Sector Head for the Space Exploration Sector of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on January 2, 2014 and oversees APL’s portfolio of space programs for both NASA and national security sponsors spanning many aspects of solar system research, from space physics to space situational awareness and planetary probes. As the nation’s largest University Affiliated Research Center, APL performs research and development on behalf of the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other federal agencies.
Before joining the Laboratory, Dr. Ryschkewitsch served for over thirty years at NASA with the last seven years as the NASA Chief Engineer overseeing the technical readiness of all NASA programs and assuring that the agency’s development effort and missions operations are planned and conducted on a sound engineering basis with proper controls and management of technical risks. His previous responsibilities included deputy center director for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the lead for Goddard’s Applied Engineering and Technology directorate.
Dr. Ryschkewitsch began his career at NASA in 1982 as a cryogenics engineer working on the Cosmic Background Explorer and subsequently led and contributed to many other science missions, including the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission, the Terra satellite, and the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement for the first Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission.
Honors include the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership, the Robert Baumann Award for contributions to mission success, and the NASA Engineering and Safety Center Leadership Award. Dr. Ryschkewitsch earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in physics from Duke University. He is a member of the AIAA, AGU and AMS.
Mr. Daniel Scott
(B.S. '85) Chief Information Officer, Technology Services, Northrop Grumman Corporation
In this role, Scott has executive responsibility for operations and execution of Information Technology, Security, and Disgital Transformation via Enterprise Services for the Defense Systems Sector. As a member of the Defense Systems leadership team, Scott also provides strategic guidance to ensure fulfillment of the sectors's business and financial commitments.
Scott has more than 30 years of service with Northrop Grumman in the areas of Product and Systems Design & Development, Systems Engineering, and Program Management. Most recently, Scott was Chief Information Officer (CIO) and sector vice president, Enterprise Services for Northrop Grumman’s Technology Services sector. He also supported the Aerospace Systems sector as Program Director, Research Technology and Engineering, with focus on program integration and systems engineering across the Basic Research, Applied Technology, and the Advanced Design organizations.
Previously, Scott served as the deputy capture leader for a corporate priority win program, where he provided team leadership and capture execution for integrated product teams and functional disciplines resulting in Northrop Grumman winning its largest ($30B-$90B) enterprise strategic program designed to provide the next generation of long range global security.
In support of efforts to enhance corporate wide engagement, Scott also serves as an executive advisor to OneAATG, a corporate-wide Employee Resource Group focused on impacting bottom-line performance, top-line growth, and enhancing Northrop Grumman’s competitive advantage.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He serves on the University of Maryland Aerospace Engineering Department’s Board of Advisors, and is the Northrop Grumman executive sponsor to North Carolina A&T State University. He’s completed several advanced management programs to include the General Management Program – Harvard Business School, the Aerospace Systems Program Management Conference, and campaign and capture leadership development programs.
Dr. Allan Sherman
(Ph.D. ‘69) Owner, Allan Sherman, LLC
Dr. Sherman has over 50 years of experience in aerospace engineering. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mechanical from Cornell University and a PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. He started his career in industry designing and testing rocket engines. He joined NASA in 1966 and had a 31 year career working on satellites, shuttle payloads and technology. Dr. Sherman retired from NASA in 1997 as Director of Engineering for the Goddard Space Flight Center. He joined Lockheed Martin as Director of Advanced Development Programs for space. For the past eight years Dr. Sherman has been a consultant for NASA on the James Webb Space Telescope.
Dr. Sherman has been the Chair of the External Advisory Board for the University of Maryland Aerospace Engineering Department since 1994. He is the recipient of the NASA Medals for Distinguished Service, Outstanding Leadership and Exceptional Engineering Achievement.
Mrs. Mary Snitch
Senior Manager, Global S&T Organizations, Advanced Technology Center & CETO Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Mary L. Snitch currently holds the position of Senior Manager, Industry Organizations, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Her 30-year professional career includes ten years at the U.S. Department of State and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. She joined the private aerospace sector in 1983 with TRW. In 1985 Mary joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA as Manager, Legislative and International Affairs. Mary returned to Washington in 1990 to join Lockheed Martin Corporation. In her current position, Mary works closely with LM executive leadership at Corporate HQ, the Space Systems Company and the Aeronautics Company to advance their strategic goals to collaborate with external industry organizations.
Mary Snitch Is an impactful contributor to the aerospace and STEM education community. She actively serves on Committees of the Board for the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the University of Maryland Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. She is an elected Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and a Vice President on the Bureau of the International Astronautical Federation. Mary serves on the Board of Future Space Leaders and the Ron Brown Scholarship Foundation. Mary received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from George Mason University and her Masters of Business Administration in Business, Economics and Public Policy from George Washington University. She completed LMC Executive Leadership Training at Claremont College in Claremont, CA and at Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
Mr. Chris Van Buiten
(B.S. ‘89) Vice President, Sikorsky Innovations, Engineering & Technology Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company
Chris Van Buiten is the Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, where he runs the Sikorsky Innovations group responsible for maturing next-generation technologies including X2 technology™, active rotor, and autonomy, as well as defining nextgeneration products.
Mr. Van Buiten joined Sikorsky in 1989 where he has been engaged in the conceptual and preliminary design of Sikorsky products including the S-92® commercial transport, the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, and the UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter, as well as several advanced concepts. He has served as Chief of Preliminary Design and Manager of Advanced Design and has led Sikorsky’s Strategic Planning group.
He led Sikorsky’s acquisition of the PZL Mielec Aircraft Company in Mielec, Poland . He has also served as a Technical Fellow for Advanced System Design.
Mr. Van Buiten was a Glenn L. Martin Aerospace Scholar at the University of Maryland, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace degree in 1989. He received a Master of Science in System Design and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sloan School of Business in 1999.