Jillian AlfredJillian Alfred  (M.S. '13)
Head of Flight Controls, Actuation, and Utility Systems
Jillian Alfred currently is the Head of Flight Controls, Actuation, and Utility Systems department at Supernal, an affiliate of Hyundai Motor Group working to develop a new urban air mobility electric vertical take-off and lift (VTOL) vehicle.  In this role, she oversees over 30 people executing the technical design, supplier management, and aircraft build of the fly-by-wire aircraft.  Prior to this role, Jillian was the Head of the Flight Controls team developing the fly-by-wire architecture and control laws.  She joined Supernal in the initial class of 14 engineers, and has helped grow the Supernal Engineering, Test, and Development Division to over 200 people.
Prior that she was at Bell, Textron Inc. starting as a member of the 525 Relentless aircraft (first commercial fly-by-wire helicopter) Control Law team and later holding positions as the Control Law Supervisor and Flight Controls Manager for the 525 team.  In her capacity there, Jillian designed many aspects of the control laws and flight controls monitoring structure, which she has 12 patents granted including one patent as sole author.  Jillian participated in all aspects of the program life from design, lab test and verification, flight test, and certification.
Jillian received her B.S. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University with a certificate in Robotics and Intelligent Systems.  She received her M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Maryland with a concentration in rotorcraft and guidance systems. While at UMD she was a research assistant for Dr. Roberto Celi and worked with Dr. Gordon Leishman. Her thesis concentration was an optimization of a flight path into a brownout cloud using a high fidelity model.


Andy BernhardDr. Andreas (Andy) Bernhard (M.S. ’95, Ph.D. ’00)
Director of Aircraft Design
Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin Corporation Company

As Director of Aircraft Design at Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin Corporation Company, Dr. Andreas (Andy) Bernhard is responsible for all technical aspects related to the design of blades, rotors, transmissions, airframes, propulsion systems, landing gear and miscellaneous subsystems (such as rescue hoists, and weapon mounts), across all development, in-production and out-of-production platforms. This includes developing and implementing next generation strategies & technologies and creating and maintaining effective processes and standard work.

Prior to this assignment, Dr. Bernhard was the Chief Engineer for the CH-53K KING STALLION form Jun 2015 to Jul 2018, providing overall strategic leadership for all technical activities of the CH-53K program, including design development, integration and test, as well as product improvement roadmaps. Major accomplishments included first flight, first production contract award, public & international debut at the Berlin Airshow in Apr 2018 and envelope expansion to include max gross weight of 88,000 lb; and speeds in excess of 170 knots. From 2013-2015 Dr. Bernhard was the Chief Engineer for the S-97™ RAIDER, responsible for all technical aspects spanning design, development, assembly and testing through first flight. From 2008-2013 he was the Chief Engineer for Sikorsky Aerospace Services, responsible for all aspects of Aftermarket Engineering from 2008 to 2013.

Dr. Bernhard graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand (in Johannesburg South Africa) with A B.Sc. (Aeronautical Engineering)  in 1992 and from the University of Maryland with a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2000. His research was on smart rotor technology including hover testing of blades with active tips, active twist and trailing edge flaps. He holds 5 patents, has authored 12 peer reviewed Journal Articles and over 20 Conference papers. He has also won numerous awards including most recently being inducted into the Univ. of Maryland Aerospace Dept. Academy of Distinguished Alumni (2023), the Vertical Flight Society Technical Fellow (2021), Lockheed Martin Nova Award (2016) and the American Helicopter Society Grover Bell Award (2016).

Outside of work, Andy is an avid private pilot (and flew his Cessna 182 to Oshkosh Air Venture with his 4 year old son, Andy4 in 2021 & 2022), is a now recreational (and former competitive) cyclist; and has restarted playing competitive water polo in 2021 (having previously played at the University of Maryland). He also coaches boys (incl., Andy 4) U8 soccer and U8 baseball.

Steven DonaldsonMr. Steven Donaldson (B.S. '87)
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
Director, Air Vehicle Engineering Department
Senior Scientific Technical Manager (SSTM)

Mr. Donaldson (B.S. '87) currently serves as the Director of the Air Vehicle Engineering Department within the Air System Group at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division (NAWCAD).  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.

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 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.   

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 served as the principal NAVAIR spokesman and authority for air vehicle aeromechanics engineering matters and technology. His responsibilities included 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.  

Mr. Donaldson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University MD and has over 35 years of service with the Department of the Navy including serving as an aerospace engineer within the Product Integrity and the Aeromechanics Engineering Divisions within the Naval Air Systems Command.


Marcio DufflesMr. 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 

alum Chris HuieChristopher Huie (B.S. '11)
Sr. Manager of Delta Program Support
Virgin Galactic

Christopher Huie, also known as "Chuie," is an astronaut and aerospace engineer, currently serving as Sr. Manager of Delta Program Support at Virgin Galactic. His contributions to the nascent commercial human spaceflight industry include six years of leadership in the Flight Sciences External Loads Engineering discipline, supporting both the design and operation of the air-launched Spaceflight System. As a Mission Specialist on Unity 25, he played a key role in Virgin Galactic's final test flight, paving the way for the first commercial mission, Galactic 01. Christopher is among the first 650 humans to venture into space, the 19th Black astronaut, and the 1st Jamaican Astronaut.
Before joining Virgin Galactic, Christopher spent over 5 years at Bell Textron engineering on various rotorcraft programs including the Bell V-280 Tiltrotor and as a Simulation Engineer developing and certifying Flight Crew Training Simulators internationally. Christopher is originally from Orlando, FL and received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). While at UMD, Christopher was a scholar in the QUEST Honors Program, the Igor Sikorsky Scholarship Program, and conducted undergraduate research in the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center under Dr. Gordon Leishman as part of the National Science Foundation’s LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program. In 2022, he was inducted into the inaugural class of UMD’s Clark School of Engineering’s Early Career Distinguished Alumni Society, which recognizes alumni under 40 years old for their leadership, innovation, service, and entrepreneurship.
Christopher is the 2021 Together We Can: Change winner, an honor bestowed by Virgin Unite, The Virgin Group’s outreach and philanthropy organization, to those who are working to improve their communities and change the world around them for the better. His dedication to mentoring and inspiring students in Science, Engineering, and Aerospace is evident through his involvement in Virgin Galactic's outreach initiative, Galactic Unite, and his Co-Founder role in the Black Leaders in Aerospace Scholarship & Training (BLAST) Program. He is also a mentor in the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship and in UMD’s QUEST Honors Program. Christopher is a public speaker, where he speaks on topics such as diversity in aerospace, his journey to space, and the future of the new commercial space age, where he is gaining a reputation as a thought leader. Christopher is actively involved in outreach efforts to improve preparedness and increase opportunities for underrepresented groups in aerospace.


HutchinsonDr. Matthew Hutchison
Vice President, Platform Engineering
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Dr. Matthew (Matt) Hutchison is Vice President of Platform Engineering for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). In this role, Dr. Hutchison is responsible for engineering excellence across the production engineering, supply-chain engineering, mechanical/structural engineering and electrical engineering functions. He and the Platform Engineering team support both the engineers and the programs across Boeing’s BDS portfolio.

Prior to this position, Dr. Hutchison was the Vice President of Engineering and Division Chief Engineer for the Vertical Lift Division of BDS, where he led engineering activities for the Vertical Lift portfolio, including the AH-64 Apache, AH-6 Little Bird, CH-47 Chinook, MH-139A Grey Wolf, and Boeing’s portions of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor.

Dr. Hutchison has spent over 30 years in the aerospace industry with experience across a range of development and production programs. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, both from Virginia Tech.



alum Phil JoycePhil Joyce (B.S. '85)
Senior Vice President, New Shepard Business Unit
Blue Origin

Phil Joyce serves as Senior Vice President of the New Shepard Business Unit at Blue Origin, a private space company founded with a vision of millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. Phil directs all aspects of New Shepard operations and business unit management, with a focus on radically reducing space launch costs while increasing flight opportunities for thousands of future astronauts. During his time with New Shepard, he has led the team that conducted the first commercial suborbital human spaceflight to space, and in just 15 months safely launched 5% of the Earth’s population of astronauts above the Karman line.

Phil leverages a 40-year background in Aerospace and Defense with extensive experience in the development and management of large and complex programs. He has extensive experience with human spaceflight, launch vehicle development, expendable and reusable space launch systems, missile defense, and hypersonic flight research. Prior to joining Blue Origin in 2020, Phil had a 28-year career with Orbital Sciences Corporation, Orbital ATK, and ultimately Northrop Grumman. At Northrop, he held a variety of leadership positions in the Launch Vehicles Division, where he was most recently Vice President, Small Space Launch Programs.    Prior to that, he served as Vice President for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD), Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) Booster Program for the Missile Defense Agency and was a Program Manager for other strategic missile and hypersonic initiatives.  His work on the Hyper-X, X-43A program still holds the record for the fastest air-breathing hypersonic aircraft at Mach 9.8. He began his career working on Strategic Missile Defense space initiatives at the Pentagon and later at the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory.

Phil holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and performed graduate study in Applied Physics at The Johns Hopkins University and the Wharton School of Business. He is a native of Washington, D.C. and currently resides in Seattle with his wife June.


Vivek Kuppusamy Vivek Kuppusamy (B.S. '09)
Services Director for the CFM56 engine platform
GE Aerospace

Vivek Kuppusamy is the Services Director for the CFM56 engine platform at GE Aerospace, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this role, Mr. Kuppusamy leads a global team responsible for all GE maintenance agreements for the CFM56 engine, powering the 737 and A320 families of commercial aircraft with an installed base of 23,000+ engines across 600+ customers around the world.

Mr. Kuppusamy joined GE Aerospace in 2009 on the Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP) – a 3-year rotational program designed to give recent graduates a breadth of technical experience across various engineering departments within the jet-engine manufacturer. He completed assignments with increasing responsibility in (1) Combustion design supporting NASA supersonic programs, (2) Acoustics design on the Open Rotor demonstrator, and (3) Aircraft Performance in development of the GE9X engine powering Boeing’s 777X airframe. During this time, he also graduated from GE’s Advanced Course in Engineering (ACE) – a rigorous 3-year curriculum on jet engine design facilitated by functional and industry experts.

In 2015, Mr. Kuppusamy was invited to join GE Aerospace’s Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP) and Accelerated Leadership Program (XLP) to build commercial depth within GE’s Commercial Engines and Services division. Over the next several years, he executed responsibilities as the head marketing and strategy leader for the HF120 engine (joint venture with Honda to power the new HondaJet aircraft), Sales Support Director for contracts with airlines and lessors in the Americas, APAC/China Business Operations leader for the CF34 program, and Sales Operations leader, where he led a global team in charge of deal restructures and the company’s CRM platform.

Mr. Kuppusamy has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland (2009) and a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University (2012). He is a proud of member of Omicron Delta Kappa (Sigma Circle, 2008), Sigma Gamma Tau (2007), and Tau Beta Pi, where he served as President of UMD’s chapter from 2008-2009.

Mr. Daniel (Dan) Newman (M.S. ‘92)
Chief Technology Officer, Advanced Air Mobility
Honeywell Aerospace Technologies

Dan Newman is the Chief Technology Officer, for Honeywell Advanced Air Mobility, responsible for: planning and executing the technology roadmap for our Advanced Air Mobility offerings, aligning with Aerospace Technologies’ Advanced Technology development and macro trends including autonomy and AI.

He was previously at The Boeing Company as Chief Engineer for Advanced Vertical Lift in the Phantom Works Division, and a Senior Technical Fellow in Aircraft Configuration Development.

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a Technical Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) for which he served as the Society’s Technical Director and Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Committee Chair. As Technical Director of the VFS (then American Helicopter Society AHS), Dan was an architect of the Transformational Vertical Flight Workshops that catalyzed the urban air mobility and electric VTOL initiatives.

For Cornell University he serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Swanson Engineering Simulation Program and the Advisory Board for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and at the University of Maryland Department of Aerospace Engineering, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus and serves on the Board of Advisors.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center.

Dan Chaired the NATO Industry Advisory Group (NIAG) Study Groups SG-219 Next Generation Rotorcraft Capabilities, SG-239 on Integrated Sustainability for the Next Generation Rotorcraft, and SG-266 on Joint-Domain NATO Rotorcraft Interoperability and Survivability in a Peer Nation Threat Environment.  And he served on the 2020 National Academies Panel on Propulsion Sciences at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), and 2018 National Academies Panel on Sciences for Maneuver at ARL

He previously served for the U.S. Department of Defense, as a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, responsible for a variety of advanced technology developments in vertical flight technology, unmanned aircraft, high-fidelity physics-based modeling, sensors, airspace network and architecture, and aircraft survivability.  

Dan was an Adjunct Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a Lecturer at Howard University, and continues as a mentor for FIRST Robotics Team 5407 Wolfpack Robotics at AIM Academy, and 2019 World Champion Team 1218 Vulcan Robotics from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

Dan received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Sibley School at Cornell University, and his master’s in aerospace engineering from the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center at the University of Maryland.

He has a recurring column in Vertiflite Magazine ‘Coming to Terms.’

Ben ParringtonBenjamin (Ben) Parrington
Director, Product Engineering
ST Engineering – MRAS

As Director, Product Engineering at ST Engineering – MRAS, Ben Parrington is responsible for the Engineering activities associated with the product development and sustainment of engine nacelles and aerostructure products produced by the team in Baltimore, MD.

From 2006 to 2019, Ben has held various roles within GE Aerospace in the Nacelles Engineering team.  Focused primarily new programs, Ben has headed Integrated Product Teams developing nacelle structures for Boeing 747-8, Airbus A320neo and COMAC C919 programs.  In 2017, he took his current role leading the Engineering team.

Ben started his career as an engineer for Boeing Australia in 2000 and completed assignments with Commercial Airplane Services in Seattle, WA and supporting the F-111C airframe at Amberley Air Force Base, located near Brisbane, Australia.  Relocating to Los Angeles, CA with GKN Aerospace in 2003, Ben joined the team developing the center fuselage for the F-35 Lightning II program.  

He attended the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia and graduated with degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration in 1999. 

Michael RyschkewitschMrs. Tanya Pemberton
Executive Vice President
The Aerospace Corporation

Tanya Pemberton is currently executive vice president of The Aerospace Corporation. She was formerly senior vice president of the National Systems Group, 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.

Prior to joining Aerospace, Pemberton was the chief information officer (CIO) 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. She has served in a number of senior executive assignments, including 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, Pemberton 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 2009; the NRO Leadership Award in 2003; and the NRO Director’s Circle Award in 1999.


Dr. Lael RuddDr. Lael Rudd
Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office

Dr. Lael Rudd is currently a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) developing autonomy and artificial intelligence programs in the Tactical Technology Office and Defense Sciences Office supporting air, space, and soldier systems.

Prior to joining DARPA, he was chief scientist for BAE Systems’ FAST Labs, where he was responsible for programs relating to Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) including a national effort. Rudd also developed model-based systems engineering (MBSE) processes for the organization and co-authored the Electronic Systems Sector Autonomy Technical Strategy.

He previously worked at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff. While there he was the Technical Director for the Conventional Prompt Strike hypersonic program, bringing model-based engineering into the program as well as other advanced technologies. He also advanced the lab’s autonomy technical strategy and worked alternative positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) efforts.

Before Draper, Dr. Rudd worked at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories as a Research Area Lead for autonomy and human-machine interactions. His efforts included both aircraft and undersea autonomous platforms.

Dr. Rudd spent the majority of his career at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems with a multitude of assignments. These included managing the Autonomy, Flight Controls, and VMS Technology Development Area and being the Sector’s Technical Area Lead for Autonomy. He held key positions for national programs relating to aircraft (crewed and unmanned) and space programs.

Rudd began his post-graduate career as a Member of the Technical Staff at the Aerospace Corporation where he performed guidance analysis and V&V of flight software for Delta and Atlas launch vehicles.

His contributions have extended beyond his career positions. Dr. Rudd has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the Mechanical and Aerospace Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Southern California. He was a member of the National Academies Committee that developed the U.S. National Agenda for Autonomy Research related to Civil Aviation. He has served on the AIAA Technical Committees for Human-Machine Teaming, Intelligent Systems, and Guidance Navigation and Control. He has also served on multiple panels for AIAA and NASA.

Rudd received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, he received an M.S degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California and is currently finishing his M.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and an IEEE senior member. He has three patents and eight trade secrets. He has received multiple awards for program performance and innovation. Rudd is also certified as a Project Management Professional. Dr. Rudd’s name is engraved on the National Air and Space Museum's Wall of Honor at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.



Dr. Michael Ryschkewitsch (Ph.D. '78) Emeritus

Michael G. Ryschkewitsch retired in 2022 as  Sector Head for the Space Exploration Sector of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. In that role he was responsible for 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. 

He led an experienced science, engineering and program management cadre to pursue groundbreaking space opportunities, enhance innovation and affordability, and meet high standards in product quality and timeliness.  He continues to serve as a member of the technical staff in support of projects and also currently chairs the Engineering and Science Interface Panel of the National Academies Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences Research in Space 2023-2032: Engineering and Science Interface Panel. 

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.  Dr. Ryschkewitsch earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in physics from Duke University.


Dr. Allan ShermanMr. Daniel Scott (B.S. '85) Emeritus

Mr. Scott retired in 2023 from his role as CIO, Technology Services, for the Northrop Grumman Corporation. In that role, Scott had executive responsibility for operations and execution of Information Technology, Security, and Digital Transformation via Enterprise Services for the Defense Systems Sector. As a member of the Defense Systems leadership team, Scott also provided strategic guidance to ensure fulfillment of the sectors' business and financial commitments.

At the time of his retirement, Scott had more than 30 years of service with Northrop Grumman in the areas of Product and Systems Design & Development, Systems Engineering, and Program Management. Earlier, Scott served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and sector vice president, Enterprise Services for Northrop Grumman’s Technology Services. 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 served 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’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.

Mrs. Mary SnitchMrs. Mary Snitch
Business Development Principal, Global S&T Organizations, Advanced Technology Center
Lockheed Martin Space Company

Mary’s nearly 40-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. Mary works with LM executive leadership at Corporate HQ and the Space Company to advance their strategic goals through collaboration 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 Board of Visitors. Mary is an Industry Member of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and serves on their Council as the first Coordination Officer for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA). Mary is an Advisor to the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers and a Trustee of the Ron Brown Scholarship Foundation.

Mary and her husband, Dr. Thomas H. Snitch, established an endowment in UMD’s Clark School of Engineering, providing a scholarship to one undergraduate female in aerospace engineering annually. 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.



alum Kerry WisnoskyKerry Wisnosky (B.S. '86) Emeritus

Kerry Wisnosky is an aerospace engineer by trade, with over 30 years’ experience performing and providing leadership in developing space and missile technology for National Security and Civilian customers.

Kerry co-founded and served as CEO of Millennium Engineering and Integration, which specialized in providing space systems and systems engineering and integration services to clients including Department of Defense, NASA, and the Department of Homeland Security.  Millenium was merged with Quantitech and re-branded as Axient, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

Kerry’s latest adventure is with Quantum Space. As CEO, Kerry’s extensive business and engineering experience is ensuring Quantum Space makes a massive positive impact in the burgeoning space economy.

Kerry holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.