Flight Test Engineering

Flight Test Engineering

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Seth Shaw graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) with a Bachelor's of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 2007 and started a career in flight test working for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in 2009 at the F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF).  He was a member of the Cohort Zero "Fighting Guinea Pigs" test class, and first to graduate from NAVAIR University's College of Test and Evaluation Flight Test Core Curriculum in 2011.  Seth has provided aircraft systems control room monitoring for over 600 successful flight tests to date, and has extensive experience with planning and executing aerial refueling testing with all current tanker platforms.  He assisted with the start-up of the Master's of Science in Flight Test Engineering degree at the Patuxent Extended Campus site, and was the first to graduate from the program in 2019 with an Outstanding Student of the Year award.  Seth enjoys flying Cessna aircraft at the local airport, going camping and backpacking with his family, and is an officer of the local Society of Flight Test Engineers chapter.
Matthew Rhoney earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Flight Test Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology. Currently, Matthew is supporting E-2 Hawkeye modifications for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force as a flight test engineer at Northrop Grumman.  In addition to traditional FTE responsibilities, he works closely with instrumentation and data processing to ensure validity of the data for the customer as well as developing software to increase both test efficiency and safety of test.

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Leonardo Silveira earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s degree in Flight Test Engineering from Florida Tech. He currently works at Embraer Executive Aircraft as a Supplier Quality Analyst, where he is responsible for supporting the assembly and delivery of the Phenom program. He works across different areas of Embraer and with suppliers to ensure the quality and conformity of the product. He also analyzes and improves procedures and processes. He plans to work with Flight Test in the future and to finish his private pilot license.

Mike Plotkin graduated from Florida Tech in 2010 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and in 2018 with a MS in Flight Test Engineering.  He currently works engine test at Pratt and Whitney.

 

Kevin Stuth earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and completed a Master’s Degree in Flight Test Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology in the Fall of 2016. Kevin is a Flight Test Engineer at Garmin AT in Salem, Oregon where he works on the development and certification of avionics and autopilots. He is responsible for developing test plans, defining and maintaining aircraft configurations, and executing flight tests as part of the flight test crew. Kevin also holds a commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating.

  

Jennifer Geehan earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, and Master’s Degree in Flight Test Engineering at Florida Tech. She works as an Experimental Flight Test Engineer at Piper Aircraft where she controls aircraft configuration, creates and executes test plans and reports, coordinates and directs testing onboard the aircraft, takes place in recurrent safety training (including hypoxia and underwater egress), and maintains safety equipment for the crew. She is also a private pilot with an instrument rating and is becoming involved in the Society of Flight Test Engineers.

 

Ted Meyer has an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and completed the FIT Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering program in fall 2018. He worked with Gulfstream Aerospace as a Flight Test Engineer for 3 years, and currently works as a corporate pilot flying a Beechjet 400A. He holds a Commercial Multiengine Pilot License and is a Multiengine Instrument Instructor. He plans to return to aerospace development work after gaining some more experience in the operational sector.

Chris Kennedy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Flight Test Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology. Chris works as a propulsion flight test engineer and project specialist at Lockheed Martin for the CH-53K program. He conducts onboard and telemetry monitoring of flight critical systems during test, writes test plans, discusses test and evaluation results with critical stakeholders, and processes and interprets flight test data. He is a private pilot and a member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers.

 

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