Flight Test Engineering

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Gary Greenman

Gary has an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and completed the FIT Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering in Spring 2020. He worked at Gulfstream Aerospace as a Flight Test Engineer for 4 years supporting development and certification flight testing of large cabin business jets. He currently works at Amazon Prime Air as a Flight Test Engineer supporting design, requirement definition, and flight testing of autonomous unmanned vehicles including perception systems, flight controls, and electric propulsion. He is an active member in the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE), and holds a private pilot certificate.

 

Jon Holzman

He is the instructor of Florida Tech’s Helicopter Flight Test Course. Graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2007, he served in the United States Army as an AH-64 Apache Instructor Pilot conducting multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, logging over 2,300 flight hours of experience. He currently works with the United States Air Force as the Flight Test Engineering representative to Global Strike Command during the acquisition and test of the MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter. His projects of interest include helicopter live fire test & evaluation, helicopter combat maneuvering flight, and weapons employment testing. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as the Society of Flight Test Engineers.

 

Ken Connick

He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1998, and a Master's Degree in Flight Test Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology in 2020.  He currently works as a Software Integration and Test Engineer at L3Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida.  He plans on working as a Flight Test Engineer in the future and to obtain his private pilot's license.

LT Jonathan Williams

He was designated a Naval Aviator in 2013 and was assigned to the “Vikings” of Electronic Attack Squadron One Two Nine in NAS Whidbey Island, WA, for training in the EA-18G Growler. He was then assigned to the oldest electronic warfare squadron, the “Zappers”. From June 2016 to December 2016, he deployed to the 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as part of Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW 3) and Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG 10). He flew 30 combat missions over Iraq and Syria in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE, encompassing over 200 combat flight hours. LT Williams was selected for the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, NAS Patuxent River, MD, completing the course in June 2018 as a graduate of class 153. LT Williams was assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23) where he serves as a Test Pilot and Project Officer for F/A-18A-F and EA-18G Aircraft. LT Williams has flown over 30 different aircraft and accumulated over 1,200 flight hours and over 190 arrested landings. He completed his Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology in December 2019

 

Jack Kenney

 

Jack earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Spring of 2015. He began working for NAVAIR the same year as a flight test engineer for numerous stores-to-aircraft compatibility programs. He transferred to the CH-53K program where he continued serving as a flight test engineer but refocused on propulsion and mechanical systems. He earned a Master’s Degree in Flight Test Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology in the Fall of 2019. Jack is also a project specialist for NAVAIR who flys on multiple aircraft to collect and monitor onboard data and telemetry of critical aircraft systems. Jack manages test plans, analyzes test results, writes test reports, and confers with system stakeholders regularly to achieve overall program success. Jack is an avid golfer, drag racer, and car enthusiast. If he isn't in a preflight brief or writing a daily, he's likely playing a round of golf, drag racing with his father and brothers, or completing more home-projects with his wife, Basia.

Tjimon Louisy

He earned his Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering and Master's degree in Flight Test Engineering from Florida Tech. He recently completed a year-long internship at Piper Aircraft where he supported the Experimental Flight Test and Product Safety and Reliability groups. He currently holds a Private Pilot License and is actively pursuing an Aviation Maintenance Engineer certification. He plans to continue his career path within the industry specializing in the area product reliability and safety, with the eventual goal of supporting aircraft accident investigations.

 

Yohan Auguste

He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master's Degree in Flight Test Engineering from Florida Tech.  Prior to starting his Master's program, he interned at Piper Aircraft as a Flight Test Engineer and he maintained the internship throughout his graduate studies. After graduating he worked as a contract flight test engineer at Piper before joining as a direct hire.  He has gained professional experience in various types of testing including handling qualities, performance, powerplant, systems, and autopilot testing.  Additionally, he holds a commercial pilot certificate for single and multi-engine aircraft.

Seth Shaw

He 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

He 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

He 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

He 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

He 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

She 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

He 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

He 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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