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AFA 11th Annual Aerospace Summit


GUEST SPEAKER The Honorable Jay Inslee

Governor of the State of Washington

Governor Inslee will speak about the benefit of the aerospace industry on Washington State's economy and expand on the state's desire to keep the industry competitive and strong.

Jay Inslee is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who grew up in the Seattle area. His father, Frank, was a high school teacher and coach. His mother worked as a sales clerk at Sears & Roebuck. Jay worked his way through college and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics before earning his law degree at Willamette University. He and his wife, Trudi, then moved to Selah where Jay worked as a prosecutor and they raised their three sons.  

   Jay first became involved in public service in 1985 when he and Trudi helped lead the effort to build a new public high school in Selah. Motivated to fight against proposed funding cuts for rural schools, Jay went on to represent the 14th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives. He continued serving communities in the Yakima Valley when he was elected to Congress in 1992. The Inslees later moved back to the Puget Sound area where Jay was elected to Congress in 1998, serving until 2012.

   Jay and Trudi are proud grandparents of three. Besides writing and illustrating books for his grandchildren and sketching scenes from around Washington, Jay is an avid cyclist and charter member of Hoopaholics.

   During his time in Congress, Jay became known as a forward-thinking leader, especially on issues of clean energy and the environment. He co-wrote a book, "Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean-Energy Economy," about the job-creating potential of the clean tech industry. As governor, Jay's top priority is growing Washington's innovative industries such as clean energy, IT and life sciences, and strengthening existing industries such as aerospace, agriculture, maritime and military. Since 2013, Washington has experienced a seven-year low in unemployment rates, record exports and notable growth in Washington’s key industries.

   To continue growing these industries, Jay knows we must strengthen our schools so we can better equip our children to compete for these good-paying jobs. And we must bring a new culture of efficiency and performance to state government to more efficiently serve the people and businesses throughout Washington state.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Mike Sinnett, Boeing

Vice President Product Development 

Presenting on the new technologies and advanced manufacturing Boeing will be relying on for next-gen and new aircraft. 

Mike Sinnett was appointed vice president of Commercial Airplanes Product Development in August 2013. The Product Development organization formulates the preliminary design of new and derivative airplanes and systems, improves environmental performance and develops advanced technology.

   Prior to leading the Product Development organization, Sinnett served as vice president and chief project engineer for the 787 program. He led the effort for 787-8 and 787-9 airplane delivery including flight test, technical configuration of the airplane, product integrity and safety. Sinnett had served on the 787 program since its inception, previously in the position of chief systems engineer and vice president of Systems.  He also served as the senior chief engineer of Airplane Systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

   Sinnett previously held the positions of director of Airplane Systems, supporting all Boeing Commercial Airplane programs and services; chief engineer of the Supply Management and Procurement Division; and chief engineer for 767 Airplane Systems. Sinnett joined Boeing in 1991 and held progressively more responsible engineering positions in 747 and 767 flight deck and avionics. He was lead engineer for the 777 and Next-Generation 737 flight deck display systems development. 

   Sinnett began his aerospace career at the McDonnell Aircraft Company in 1982, working in flight simulation on the AV-8B Harrier II program. 

   He earned a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Missouri – Rolla and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering as a National Science Foundation Creativity in Engineering Fellow at the University of Missouri – Rolla. Sinnett was named a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in March 2011, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in January 2012. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2016.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Tom Captain, Deloitte

Global & US Aerospace & Defense Leader

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited Vice Chair

The Impact of Aerospace in Washington -- A Statewide View 

Tom Captain serves as vice chairman for the Deloitte US and Global Aerospace & Defense sector. An industry veteran, Tom advises both Deloitte clients and Deloitte audit, tax, consulting, and advisory teams serving many of the world’s top industrial base companies in the Aerospace & Defense industry.  Tom has more than three decades of experience involved in major industry consolidations, mergers, and transformation initiatives in North America, Europe, and Asia. Tom specializes in operational restructuring, due diligence, cost reduction, product development, engineering operations, manufacturing productivity improvement, information systems, and program management.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Vik Kachoria, Spike Aerospace


What does the future hold for supersonic jets? Will they be able to travel great distances at high altitude at the speed of sound without creating a loud sonic boom? How does Washington State fit into the supply chain? 

Vik Kachoria is CEO and President of Spike Aerospace which is designing the world's first supersonic business jet, the Spike S-512. The low-sonic boom, 18 passenger, Mach 1.6 business jet will offer 50% savings in flight time making flights from UAE to London possible in just 3 hours. Under Mr. Kachoria's leadership, a team of 40 senior aerospace engineers and a global network of aerospace partners have filed for multiple patents and completed the conceptual design of the S-512. 

   Mr Kachoria is a seasoned executive with over 35 years international business experience in corporate development, partnerships, strategic planning, new ventures and mergers & acquisitions with Fortune 50 to early stage ventures. He has been a successful serial entrepreneur, advisor and investor in high growth technology ventures including air taxis, charter flights, sub-orbital rockets, solar power satellites, software and internet applications. 

   He is also co-founder of Mass Aerospace Council, a state-level industry organization that promotes aerospace activities in Massachusetts. Prior to Spike Aerospace, Mr. Kachoria was founder and President of AeroSigma, a consulting firm to early stage aerospace ventures. 

   Early in his career, he worked at General Electric Aircraft Engines and conducted research at NASA and MIT on the Solar-Terrestrial Magnetosphere. He also designed an early pattern recognition software, built a prototype of a MagLev train in the 80s, contributed to a proposal on asteroid mining and investigated anti-particles/anti-gravity.

   Mr. Kachoria has a pilot’s license and is working towards his commercial rating. He studied at MIT Sloan School of Management, has an MBA along with a BA in Physics and Mathematics.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Shigefumi Tatsumi, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America

COO & Head of Seattle Engineering Center 

MRJ in the USA

Mr. Tatsumi is COO & head of Seattle Engineering Center for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America, Inc. He specializes in Aerodynamics, especially Computational Fluid Dynamics. Mr. Tatsumi’s career has included time at Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works as senior vice president of Advanced Technology. He received a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master’s in Engineering from Tokyo University. 

WELCOME from Dave Somers

Snohomish County Executive

Snohomish County is home to the largest contingent of aerospace companies in the State of Washington. Under Executive Somers' direction, the county works to grow, retain and attract aerospace business countywide. 

Dave Somers took office as the Fifth Snohomish County Executive on January 4, 2016. Having previously served for 14 years on the Snohomish County Council, Dave has a passion for the collaboration that is necessary for our county and region to succeed.

   Dave manages the 14 diverse departments that comprise the Snohomish County government, including Public Works, Paine Field Airport, Emergency Management, Human Services, Medical Examiner, Parks, and Planning and Development Services. County government touches every family in Snohomish County, whether getting a permit, engaging with the criminal justice system, or enjoying the Evergreen State Fair.

   Dave is focused on creating regional partnerships to benefit the residents of Snohomish County, improving customer service, and ensuring that the finances of the county are sustainable. He is committed to improving the delivery of services to the homeless and ensuring everything possible is being done to protect the most vulnerable members of our community.

   Dave is Vice President of the Puget Sound Regional Council and serves on the Sound Transit Board. Dave is a strong proponent for mass transit in general and light rail in particular, looking forward to the day when it reaches Everett and Paine Field. Dave has deep family roots at Boeing and counts the aerospace industry as one of the most important areas for economic development in the county.

   Dave is a proud graduate of the University of Washington where he earned a master’s degree in forest ecology and a bachelors in fisheries science. More important, though, Dave met his wife of 35 years, Elaine, while in the Husky marching band. Dave played the tuba and Elaine played the piccolo. They both performed in the 1978 Rose Bowl. Dave also served as Drum Major of the band for three years. Dave and Elaine live outside Monroe with their three dogs and two horses.

Star Fischer, CPA, Moss Adams


Aerospace Tax Incentives: What they mean to

your business -- Federal and State

Star has been practicing public accounting since 2001 and provides research and development (R&D) tax services to middle-market companies. She has provided consulting in the areas of federal and state R&D tax credits, R&D expense deductions, and IRS and state exams of R&D tax credits. She has significant experience working with S corporations and partnerships claiming the credit and understands the unique opportunities and challenges facing these types of entities.

   Star has performed studies in many different industries including manufacturing, aerospace, software development, electronic data storage, electronic services, systems integration, medical device technology, pharmaceutical, electronic device manufacturing, environmental monitoring, boat building, automated machinery, construction, professional services, and others. She frequently gives presentations and writes articles about R&D tax services and the tax-savings opportunities related to eligible expenditures.

   Star is a member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Board Council, which provides an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives to discuss key tax administration issues.

Kathy Moodie, Boeing

Vice President, Everett Site

Panelist — Washington's Future Workforce: Cool Girls, Advanced Manufacturing, and Training for the Next Millennium

Kathy Moodie is Vice President of Everett Site Operations.  In this role she is responsible for aligning the Everett site with changes in infrastructure, material and logistics management, tooling, equipment services and new technology. She is also tasked with balancing skills across the site and leading site engagement and policy governance.

   She previously led BCA manufacturing functional excellence, operations standards and compliance, and workforce strategy. Prior to this she was director of 747/767/777/LCF/Paint Operations and Delivery at the Everett Delivery Center where she was responsible for preflight and delivery operations for the 747, 767 and 777 Programs as well as leadership for both Everett and Portland Paint and the Large Cargo Freighter.

   Earlier she served as director of Manufacturing for the Everett Modification Center, 787 Dreamliner Program. During her time with the 787, Kathy Moodie made major contributions to Boeing’s efforts to drive stability into the production system, most notably in her role as director of Final Assembly Operations. Before that she was in Grottaglie, Italy, leading the on-site team in the start-up of the fuselage manufacturing plant located there. She worked with key Alenia Aeronautica suppliers to provide sub-assemblies and parts.

   Moodie also led the worldwide integration and implementation of the 787 Tooling and Factory Equipment team. She was responsible for Boeing and its partners creating a more efficient production system through the use of modern tooling concepts.

   From 2004 to 2005, Moodie was the regional manager of Supplier Quality and Development for Boeing Defense, Space and Systems (BDS). This entailed leading the West-coast regional team to improve the quality of the supply chain and provide conforming hardware and processes to BDS programs.

   Earlier in her Commercial Airplanes career, Moodie served in several roles as part of the Boeing 777 team. Her positions included Structures manager, manager of the Interiors team and manager of the Final Body Join team in the factory. While in those positions, she led initiatives and process improvement activities that enabled reductions in cost and flow days while improving quality.

   Moodie joined Boeing 1986 as an industrial engineer at the Fabrication Division facility in Auburn, Wash. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western State College in Colorado in 1986 and a Master’s in Business Administration from Seattle University in 1990. She also graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in the spring of 2011.

   Moodie is a private pilot and is active in water ski tournaments.

Larry Cluphf, WATR Center

Panelist — Washington's Future Workforce: Cool Girls, Advanced Manufacturing, and Training for the Next Millennium

Larry Cluphf serves as the Executive Director of the Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center and The Business Training Center for Edmonds Community College. He has over 25 years of experience building successful partnerships. Larry has developed relationships with businesses, contractors, community based organizations, educational facilities, government agencies, clients and unions to enhance and increase employment opportunities throughout Washington State.  He is known for his ability to partner with organizations to anticipate changing work environments and implement strategies for timely and effective resolution.

Dan Johnson, SHRM-SCP, HR Director, Fatigue Technology

Panelist — Washington's Future Workforce: Cool Girls, Advanced

Manufacturing, and Training for the Next Millennium

Dan Johnson SHRM-SCP has spent his Human Resources career helping manufacturing organizations execute faster, engage employees at all levels, and achieve their organizational objectives. Dan is a Board Member of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and serves as Chairperson of the Industry and Employment Committee on that board. Dan has a Bachelor’s Degree from Norwich University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Chapman University. Before entering the private sector. 

Dan spent six years as an officer in the United States Army Infantry and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain.

Dr. Kristina Hayek, Reg Instructional Design & Development Manager, Hexcel Corporation

Panelist — Washington's Future Workforce: Cool Girls, Advanced

Manufacturing, and Training for the Next Millennium

Kristina Hayek has been in the Human Resources and Training arena for over 20 years. She is the US Instructional Design and Development manager for Hexcel Corporation, where she oversees the training and workforce development efforts for nine plants. She serves as the Learning Technology and Innovation Interest Group leader for the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Kristina has her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Master’s in Managing HR and Training from Seattle University. She is a SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).  

Sheila Dunn, Associate Dean of Aerospace, Everett Community College

Panelist — Washington's Future Workforce: Cool Girls, Advanced Manufacturing, and Training for the Next Millennium

Sheila Dunn has held leadership positions at Everett Community College (EvCC) for the past 16 years and currently is associate dean of Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing. As the founding dean of the Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center, AMTEC, Sheila has developed a new mechatronics program and overseen the expansion of the center to respond to industry demand. As the founding director of the East County Campus, Sheila launched EvCC programs in Monroe, Snohomish and Sultan, developed apprenticeships, and created dual credit articulations in technical programs with regional high schools. Prior to coming to EvCC, Sheila was executive director of North Puget Sound Operation Improvement, the largest provider of federally-funded employment and training programs in Snohomish County. She is experienced in creating and managing professional/technical programs for grantors including Department of Education, Department of Labor, Microsoft, Verizon, National Science Foundation, Snohomish County, City of Everett, the Seattle Foundation. She obtained her BA in English, magna cum laude, from Ohio Wesleyan University and attended the graduate program in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan.

Mike O'Brien, Senior Project Leader, The Aerospace Corporation

Panelist — Additive Manufacturing

Michael O’Brien is a Senior Project Leader in the Corporate Chief Engineer’s Office for The Aerospace Corporation, which he joined in 2000.  He is responsible for conducting anomaly investigations spanning multiple programs, supporting the new corporate initiative in additive manufacturing, and developing corporate standards and specifications.  His technical interests are in mechanical testing, mechanics of materials, fractography of brittle materials and finite element analysis.     Mike has also researched the mechanical behavior of the silicon nitride balls used in bearings, which led to archived journal articles and two patents for a fracture toughness test and proof test that have been licensed commercially.  He was previously at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and Torrington Company.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a Master of Science and Doctorate in Science in Materials Science from Brown University, where he developed a new class of ceramic matrix composites.

   The Aerospace Corporation operates a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force. In this role, we provide engineering and acquisition management support as well as objective technical analyses and assessments to the Air Force, other Department of Defense organizations, and select civilian agencies supporting the nation’s national security space (NSS) enterprise.

   Their primary FFRDC customers are the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and the National Reconnaissance Office. Aerospace supports a number of other organizations, including but not limited to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, other Intelligence Community agencies, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the U.S. Army and Navy.

   Since the establishment of the Aerospace FFRDC in 1960, their end-to-end involvement in space and space-based systems has been focused on reducing development risks and costs, and enabling a high probability of mission success. Further, our roles as the data repository and national memory for NSS launch and satellite systems allow us to support both long-term planning and the immediate needs of the nation’s military and reconnaissance space program, from inception and definition; through design, architecture, and engineering; to launch, deployment, and data collection.

Dr. Robert Yancey, Altair--VP Manufacturing

Panelist — Additive Manufacturing

Dr. Robert Yancey has over 30 years of experience with a deep technical and business background in additive manufacturing, composite materials, design optimization, finite element modeling, and nondestructive evaluation.  He currently oversees strategy, business development, technical focus, and business development for Altair’s comprehensive offerings in additive manufacturing. He is also an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington Aeronautics and Astronautics Department where he teaches courses on Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace Applications.  He holds a B.S. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, an M.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of Dayton.  

Washington State University -- University Rover Challenge Team 

International 2nd Place Award Winners!

Left to right: Mitch Elder - Arm Lead, Jr. Manufacturing, Lead, Driver, President Elect; Austin Sundseth - Vice President; Phil Engel - Science Lead, Jr. Secretary; Eric Kopicky - Treasurer; Amna Khan - P.R. and Social; Stewart Kerns - Suspension Co-Lead; Chad Nelson - Suspension Co-Lead; Chris Stroemel - Tires, Electrical

The rust-colored badlands of the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah, became a proving ground for aspiring engineers from around the world in June. And at the end of three days of competition, students from Washington State University’s newest campus in Everett stood on the second-place podium at the University Rover Challenge.

   The WSU team of nearly 20 mechanical engineering students spent more than a year designing, building and testing their Mars rover. Each team received points based on its rover’s performance in several categories, including the ability to travel across rough terrain, pick up and move a variety of tools, and conduct planetary field science, such as testing the soil for elements that might help sustain life.

   The WSU team was one of 30 semifinalists representing seven countries, including the United States, Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, India, Poland and South Korea. Cornell University was the next-highest-ranking American team, earning eighth place. A WSU junior was the only competitor to earn an individual science award.

   Teamwork and collaboration were critical to the team’s success as the students fulfilled individual responsibilities ranging from soil analysis to the operation of the chassis or the rover’s robotic arm. Please join me in welcoming and congratulating our internationally renowned, Washington State University Everett, Mars rover team!

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