Board of Directors



Mark Mondt
Coastal Empire Chapter

  • B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and M.S. in Engineering Management, both from Wichita State University
  • FAA Consultant DER Flight Analyst
  • Chair of 2018 Savannah Symposium
  • Technical chair of 2016 Wichita Symposium
  • Secretary, SFTE Board of Directors, 2010-2012 and 2014-2016
  • Vice President, SFTE Board of Directors, 2012-2014
  • Wichita Chapter President, 2008-2010
  • Logistics chair, 2004 Wichita Symposium
  • Member since 2003
  • Remotely-piloted Cessna 208B (Reliable Robotics)
  • G500/600 Initial Type Certification, EFVS to Land (all models in production), G650&G500 Category II ILS (Gulfstream )
  • Learjet 85 and Global G5000/6000 Avionics Update (RC ProLine Fusion) (Bombardier)
  • E-6B MDS/ADWS, International Head-of-State conversions, 767 Tanker (GTTA, predecessor to KC-46) and Dutch Air Force (K)DC-10 Upgrade (Boeing)
  • Licensed private pilot (SEL) since 1998 and a registered professional engineer (KS) since 2001

Vice President

Jennifer Uchida
Seattle Chapter

  • B.S. and M.S. from University of Colorado in Aerospace Engineering
  • NAVAIR as a civilian flight test engineer for the Marine Corps in Patuxent River, MD.
  • Supported experimental flight testing of the V-22 Osprey
  • Attended USN TPS 2011. Logged 100 flight hours of special crew time over 16 different types of military aircraft
  • One of the top 50 selected for NASA's Astronaut Program in 2012
  • Chief Systems Engineer for the RQ-21A Blackjack program at Insitu, Inc. aligning the engineering efforts for the RQ-21A
  • Manager of Test and Evaluation at AeroTEC Inc. 


Ben Luther
Coastal Empire Chapter

  • Flight test training at the National Test Pilot School
  • Australian Defense Force‘s flight test squadron,  F/A-18, P-3 Orion, C-130J, PC-9,  E-7, USAF RC-135, USN BAMS and Australian Army Blackhawks
  • G500, G600, G700 certification efforts
  • Teaches aircrew skills to graduate engineers upon assignment to Flight Test and provided CRM and fatigue teaching materials for publication through the FTSC
  • Hosted 2018 SFTE Symposium in Savannah


Jeff Canclini
North Texas Chapter
Lockheed Martin

  • 35 years in Aviation, 10 technical publications
  • Flight Operations Manager and Tech Fellow, Lockheed Martin
  • SFTE Fellow; SFTE Board of Directors 2016-18, Treasurer 2018-20
  • F-35, F-16, and NASA flight test programs as an FTE and test WSO
  • Former Navy CO and distinguished USAF TPS Graduate, Class 86A
  • 3,300 hours in 26 fixed and rotary wing aircraft with commercial multi-engine pilot rating

Past President

James Sergeant
North Texas Chapter
Virgin Galactic

  • SFTE Board of Directors 1996-98, President 1998-2000, 2018-20 
  • SFTE Fellow, member since 1984
  • AIAA Associate Fellow
  • SFTE International Symposium Chair 1996, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2020
  • SFTE/SETP/AIAA Southwest Symposium Chair 2014-19
  • General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin FTE, flight test manager 36.5 years
  • F-16, Cessna 208, YF-22, F-16 MATV, VISTA F-16, X-35, F-35, X-59
  • 1994 Kelly Johnson Award for F-16 MATV Team


Kevin Welch
Seattle Chapter

  • SFTE Board 2020-present
  • SFTE Vice President 2018-2020
  • SFTE Board 2016-2018
  • Website Committee Chair
  • Test Director, Test Engineer
  • 737 MAX, 747-8, 767-2C, 787-9, 777-9.
  • Flight Test Safety Committee
  • Event Chairman, Seattle SFTE 50th Anniversary Celebration


Dr. Vanessa Bond
Emerald Coast Chapter
Bond Enterprises

  • Chief Technologist, Entrepreneur, CEO for Bay Engineering and Technologies Inc
  • SFTE Kelly Johnson Award winner 2017
  • 700 Hours as a Flight Test Engineer/ Private Pilot 60 different aircraft
  • Air Force Operational Test Director at Edwards AFB CA
  • Commander of the 716th Test Squadron at Arnold AFB, TN 


Dr. Brian Kish
Central Florida Chapter
Florida Tech University

  • Chair of Florida Tech‘s Flight Test Engineering Program
  • Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Over 1300 flight hours as a Flight Test Engineer in 49 different aircraft during his 20-year Air Force career
  • Teaches dynamics, control systems, experimental aerodynamics, performance, aircraft stability & control, avionics, and weapon system courses at Florida Tech
  • AIAA Associate Fellow


Jesus Javier Fernandez Orio
European Chapter

  • Head of Military Transport Aircraft Section, Certification Department INTA (National Institute for Aerospace Technology) from Spanish MoD.
  • SFTE member since 2005
  • European Chapter President 2015 - 19
  • Aeronautic Engineer by Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • FTE at INTA 1991 - 2009
  • Since 2004, a member of FT3 (Flight Test Technical Team) from STO in NATO