Board of Directors - Nominees 2022-24

The nominees for each position on the 2022-24 Board are listed below. Details of each nominees follow on this page:

  • President (1) - Jennifer Uchida
  • Vice-President (1) - Robert Brock
  • Secretary (1) - Ben Povall
  • Treasurer (1) - Jeff Canclini
  • At-Large Directors (4) - Tiziano Bernard, David Hoey, Mick Mansfield, Dave Mitchell, Libin Daniel, Mike Shepherd, Jesus Javier Fernando Orio, Kevin Welch, João Otávio Falcão, Rachel McFalls-Brown, Eric d'Anna

President

Jennifer Uchida

Jennifer Uchida

Seattle Chapter

AeroTec

  • 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. 

Vice President

Robert Brock

North Texas Chapter

FAA

  • B.S. from University of Texas at Arlington in Aerospace Engineering
  • Chair of 2016 Symposium in Wichita
  • SFTE member since 2003
  • North Texas Chapter Treasurer, 2020 – present
  • US Army OTSA Helicopter Flight Test Exploitation
  • Flight Test Performance supporting all Cessna Caravan and business jet models from Citation I through Citation Sovereign and Lead Flight Test Engineer on Cessna Mustang.
  • Lead Flight Test Coordinator for Eclipse 500.
  • Lead Flight Test Coordinator for Hondajet.
  • Flight Test Engineering Group Lead at Bombardier Flight Test Center covering all Bombardier & Learjet models.
  • Flight Test Coordinator for Gulfstream 500/600.
  • Flight Test Engineer for FAA covering Part 23/25/27/29 and UAS.

Treasurer

Jeff Canclini

North Texas Chapter

  • BSAE And MSAE
  • 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

Secretary

Ben Povall

Ben Povall

Wichita Chapter

Bombardier

  • MEng from University of Liverpool
  • Secretary / Treasurer for Wichita Chapter 2018-22
  • Member of Website Committee responsible for website overhaul 2020-22
  • Presently Chief Flight Test Engineer at Bombardier Flight Test Center
  • Lead FTE during C-Series, Global 7500 programs, and lead for Global 8000
  • Test Conductor & Test Director for F-35 ITF Flight Sciences testing at Pax River
  • FTE for Nimrod MRA4, Harrier GR9 and Typhoon test programs based at Warton, UK

At-Large Directors


Tiziano Bernard

Coastal Empire Chapter

Gulfstream

  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering (2015), M.S. Flight Test Engineering (2016), Ph.D. Human-Centered Design (2018), Florida Tech
  • Flight Test Engineer at Human-Centered Design Institute (HCDi)
  • Researcher for cognitive modeling flight test methods at HCDi
  • Aviation Systems & Human Factors Engineer at Garmin International
  • Experimental Flight Test Engineer at Gulfstream Aerospace (GVII-GVIII)
  • FAA instrument - rated pilot (Florida Tech / Garmin trained)
  • FAA instrument ground instructor
  • Garmin Innovation Award (2019)
  • Order of Merit of the Royal House of Savoy (2019)
  • FORBES Italy 100 under 30 (2019)
  • SFTE Best Paper Award (2020)
  • Top 5% ESA Astronaut Candidate (2021)
  • AIAA Senior Member

Preferred Responsibilities:

  • Scholarships & Awards
  • Chapters Liaisons
  • Publicity



David Hoey

New Mexico Chapter

USAF

  • USAF TPS FTE Grad 96A
  • B.S. in Aerospace Science and Mechanical Engineering  and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Univ. Calif, Davis
  • SFTE member since 1997
  • Member of eVTOL Technical Committee
  • Currently Chief Engineer of 586 Flight Test Squadron
  • Graduated Test Squadron Commander
  • 30+ years of test experience
  • Private Pilot, SEL, Complex rating
  • 3,100 hours in over 50 fixed and rotary wing aircraft

Preferred Responsibilities:

  • Technical Council liaison 
  • eVTOL Council liaison
  • BVLOS/Autonomy Council liaison
  • Scholarship & Awards committee  
  • Safety committee 

Mick Mansfield

Coastal Empire Chapter

Hermeus

  • BSc(Hons) from the Open University, United Kingdom
  • 40 years in aviation including 22 years in the Royal Air Force
  • Flight Test training at NTPS, University of Kansas, and UTSI
  • Management training at W. Frank Barton School of Business, WSU
  • 35 different aircraft types, with over 500 hours of aircrew time
  • Director of Flight Test Engineering at Hermeus Corporation
  • Principal Systems Engineer at Aerion Supersonic
  • Flight Test Lead at NGC for the JASDF E-2D Program
  • Avionics Group Head at GAC during initial certification of G500
  • Chief Flight Test Engineer at Bombardier: CSeries, Global Vision, Challenger 605/300 certifications and follow-on certifications including London City Steep Approach, SVS, EFVS.
  • Member of the SAE Supersonic Aircraft Steering Group

Preferred Responsibilities:

  • BVLOS/Autonomy Council liaison
  • Safety committee 

Libin Daniel

Libin Daniel

Seattle Chapter

Joby Aviation

  • B.S Aerospace Engineering - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2012)
  • M.S. Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering - Oklahoma State University (2014)
  • Flight Test Graduate Certificate - Florida Institute of Technology (2017)
  • AIAA Flight Test Technical Committee - Member from 2016 to 2022.
  • SFTE eVTOL Flight Test Council - Member
  • AIAA Senior Member
  • Embry-Riddle Industry Advisory Board - 2016 to 2018
  • Awards Council - SFTE 2018 Symposium at Savannah, GA
  • G500 and G600 Type Certification - Flying Qualities, Flight Controls
  • Testing, Field Performance Testing
  • G700 Flight Testing - Air Data Systems
  • Amazon Prime Air Drone Program - Part 135 approvals under 44807 operational exemptions, aerodynamic database development and validation, air data system calibration, various developmental test campaigns involving technology maturation and CONOPS development.
  • 8 journal articles and technical publications
  • Working on my PPL (ASEL) - 20 hours of logged time.

Preferred Responsibilities:

  • Scholarship and Awards
  • Symposium Planning
  • Safety committee

Dave Mitchell

Dave Mitchell

Antelope Valley Chapter (Lifetime Member)

Mitchell Aerospace Research

  • President, Mitchell Aerospace Research
  • Adjunct Professor in Flight Sciences, US Air Force Test Pilot School
  • Flight Test Engineering Instructor, International Test Pilots School
  • BS Engineering and MS Aerospace Engineering
  • Technical Director, Hoh Aeronautics, Inc. (1993-2011)
  • Principal Specialist, Systems Technology, Inc. (1977-1993)
  • Focused on handling qualities and PIO flight research and testing for more than 40 years
  • Co-developer of the military specifications MIL-STD-1797 and ADS-33
  • 45 years in aerospace research, author or co-author of over 75 technical papers, 50 reports, chapters of two textbooks
  • Contractor on flight test programs for F-18A/B, C-17, V-22, CH-53K, and more
  • Invited speaker at the 1st International Civil Aircraft Flight Test Symposium in Zhuhai, China
  • AIAA Associate Fellow, 50-Year Member, Sustained Service Award recipient
  • AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee member (two terms) and Chair (2007-2009)

Preferred Responsibilities: 

  • Tech Council

Mike Shepherd

Antelope Valley Chapter

Northrop Grumman

  • Senior Director of Test and Evaluation for Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems headquartered in Palmdale, California who leads a national organization of 1600+ flight and ground test personnel assigned to all manned and unmanned aeronautical programs including the B-21 Raider, B-2 Spirit, E-2 Hawkeye, RQ-4 Global Hawk and MQ-4 Triton
  • Personal goals are to ensure safe and effective execution of flight test; promote professional and education opportunities for all society members; and advance the test of artificial intelligence, autonomy, and machine learning on manned and un-manned platforms
  • Member, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) including participation on the Industrial Committee on Operational Test and Evaluation (ICOTE)
  • Former B-2 Chief Engineer and B-2 Systems Test Integrated Product Team Lead
  • USAF Test Pilot School graduate from Class 99A and former USAF Test Pilot School platform and flight instructor
  • B.S. in Engineering Sciences, USAF Academy; M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington; Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology
  • USAF Master Navigator with 3500 flight hours in C-135, C-141, T-38 and 50 other aircraft types and licensed private pilot

Preferred responsibilities:

  • Scholarship and Awards
  • Flight Safety
  • Corporate Membership

Jesus Javier Fernandez Orio

Jesus Javier Fernandez Orio

European Chapter

INTA

  • INTA National Institute for Aerospace Technology. Spanish MoD.
  • Project Engineer at Energy and Environment Department since September 2020.
  • Head of Military Transport Aircraft Section, Certification Department, From 2009 till September 2020.
  • FTE at INTA 1991 - 2009. working in EF2000 and military Transport Aircraft.
  • SFTE member since 2005
  • European Chapter President 2015 - 19
  • Aeronautic Engineer by Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • FTE at INTA 1991 – 2009. Involved in EF2000 and Military Transport Aircraft.
  • Since 2004, a member of FT3 (Flight Test Technical Team) from STO in NATO

Preferred Responsibilities:

  • Chapter Liaison - International.
  • Publicity and Publications  

Kevin Welch

Seattle Chapter

Boeing

  • Member, 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

Preferred Responsibilities:

  • Website / Information Technology



João Otávio Falcão

Canadian Chapter

ITPS

  • ITPS Chief Technical Knowledge Instructor. Academic and flight test instructor of fixed-, rotary-wing and unmanned aerial systems courses.
  • Bachelor (with honors) and Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering 
  • Distinguished Brazilian Test Pilot School Graduate, Class 2010
  • Brazilian Air Force Lead Flight Test Engineer for the Brazilian EC725 (H225M) Caracal basic common vehicle, CSAR and presidential VIP versions. Other performance, handling qualities, mission systems and weapons‘ testing of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft
  • Chief of the Flight Test Section at Aerospace Product Certification Division of Brazilian Industrial Fostering and Coordination Institute and military certification processes technical advisor
  • SFTE Canadian Chapter Secretary since 2020 
  • 800 flight test hours in more than 35 different aircraft types, fixed- and rotary-wing.

Preferred Responsibilities:

  • Technical Council liaison 
  • eVTOL Council liaison
  • BVLOS/Autonomy Council liaison

Rachel McFalls-Brown

Rachel McFalls-Brown

Antelope Valley Chapter

USAF

  • B.S. and M.S. from Mississippi State University in Aerospace Engineering
  • 40FLTS as a civilian flight test engineer for the US Air Force in Eglin AFB, FL.
  • Supported developmental flight testing of the A-10, F-16, & F-15E
  • Secretary of Emerald Coast Chapter, SFTE.
  • Lead Aerospace Engineer for Air Force Subscale Aerial Targets Program Office, lead major modification technical evaluation. 
  • F-22 Flight Test Engineer at 411FLTS at Edwards AFB
  • Hosted 2017 SFTE Symposium in Destin, FL
  • Board of Directors, Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity

Preferred Responsibilities:

  • Chapters liaison (1st choice)
  • Membership committee, Individual, Corporate  
  • Safety committee  
  • Publicity & Publications committee 

Eric D'Anna

Promethean Strategies

  • USAF TPS FTE Grad 95B
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Military Institute
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida
  • SFTE, AIAA member
  • 500 hours in 26+ aircraft
  • EW / Avionics flight test experience
  • Space acquisition / test
  • 25+ years of test experience

Preferred Responsibilities:

  • Technical Council
  • Safety Committee
  • Chapters Liaison
  • Website / IT