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6 Panelist Jeff Koehler Former (NGC) UCAS-D MMCS Lead Mark Page Swift Engineering, Chief Scientist John Whittenbury NGC UCLASS Chief Engineer Dan Dougherty NGC UCLASS Design Lead (Moderator)
Mark Page Mr. Page graduated from the University of Illinois in 1979 with a B.S. degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. He has 18 years of experience at McDonnell Douglas / Boeing. There, he worked many years in the Stability & Control Department on projects ranging from the Propfan to the HSCT supersonic transport. Later, he headed the Aerodynamics Department for the Boeing MD-90 during the design phase. His most rewarding project was the NASA-sponsored Blended-Wing-Body. Here Mr. Page served as the Technical Program Manager with Chief Designer Blaine Rawdon, and renowned “Wing-Man” Dr. Robert Liebeck as Program Manager. 7
Mark Page Mr. Page graduated from the University of Illinois in 1979 with a B.S. degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. He has 18 years of experience at McDonnell Douglas / Boeing. There, he worked many years in the Stability & Control Department on projects ranging from the Propfan to the HSCT supersonic transport. Later, he headed the Aerodynamics Department for the Boeing MD-90 during the design phase. His most rewarding project was the NASA-sponsored Blended-Wing- Body. Here Mr. Page served as the Technical Program Manager with Chief Designer Blaine Rawdon, and renowned “Wing-Man” Dr. Robert Liebeck as Program Manager. In 1997 Mr. Page went a little crazy and got the racing bug. For 3 years he worked for Dan Gurney’s All-American Racers, developing 250mph ChampCars. In 2000, Mr. Page moved to Swift Engineering in San Clemente California. Swift designs and builds a variety of racecars and protoypes. In 2003 Mr. Page began development of the KillerBee UAV as part of Swift’s plan to expand into Aerospace. He’s designed 5 BWB UAV’s that Swift has flown to date. Presently, Mr. Page is the Chief Scientist at Swift Engineering. In 2007 Mr. Page designed the Eclipse Concept for Eclipse Aviation with colleague Neil Roberts, now at Northrop. The plane went from contract to first flight in 200 days and debuted at the 2007 Oshkosh Airshow in July. For the past 15 years Mr. Page has taught the Capstone Aerospace Design Course at the University of Southern California with longtime colleague Blaine Rawdon, and Zach Hoisington, both at Boeing. It has also been his pleasure to coach the USC AIAA design/build/fly team with Prof. Ron Blackwelder of USC and Wyatt Sadler of AeroVironment. Mr. Page holds patents for a trapped-vortex-cavity high-lift device, Blended-Wing-Body growth concepts, and UAV launch and recovery systems. While at McDonnell Douglas Mr. Page was recognized as a Technical Research Fellow for his work on the BWB and Pilot-in-the-loop failure analysis. 8
Jeff Koehler 9 Jeff Koehler was formerly the Director of Air/Ship Integration, for the Navy-Unmanned Combat Air System program at Northrop Grumman. In this capacity he oversees technology development and maturation activities encompassing all aspects of autonomous mission management. Prior to joining the Navy UCAS program, Jeff worked closely with the F-35 and B-2 programs at Northrop Grumman. He has been working in the area of mission management for over 20 years. As a former Air Force aviator, pilot trainer and commander, his military knowledge and expertise provides a bedrock of experience to base much of his opinions and insights in the broad area of autonomous aircraft. In addition to his professional expertise, his academic credentials include a Bachelor’s (’63) from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master’s (’77) from Golden Gate University. Over the years he has kept in touch with academic thinking, through courses from both UCLA and USC, across various disciplines including artificial intelligence.
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