External Advisory Board

Aerospace Engineering Sciences
External Advisory Board

Current Chair of External Advisory Board
Greg R. Enders, Director (retired)
Systems Engineering and Mission Operations
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
2012 - present, Chair, External Advisory Board, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, CU Boulder
Greg graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1970 (yes, he had a class in vacuum tubes and knows how to use a slide rule). Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and spent the following 8 years in Naval Intelligence. His first real engineering job was with Lockheed Martin, joining the Titan Program in 1978. On Titan, he held numerous positions within Systems Engineering, including Electromagnetic Compatibility group lead, Electrical Systems Design Lead, and Systems Design Lead. Subsequent to the Titan Program, Greg joined the Technical Operations Systems Engineering organization as manager for Systems Design and Test Requirements. In 2000 he became the Director of Systems Engineering and Mission Operations.

Neal Anderson, Vice President of Technology Development
Neal Anderson brings 44 years of aerospace industry experience to DigitalGlobe. In March 1995 he joined DigitalGlobe as one of the first DigitalGlobe employees. His team has been responsible for defining, procuring, and launching all of the DG satellites. Mr. Anderson is currently the Vice President for Technology Development responsible for a wide variety of tasks including overseeing the WV3 satellite program, participating in business and product development, and defining next generation concepts and capabilities. Prior to joining DigitalGlobe in 1995, Mr. Anderson held numerous engineering, program development, and management positions in the United States Air Force, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, and Spectrum Astro Inc. He has been directly involved in more than 30 satellite hardware and launch programs. Mr. Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton.

Frank W. Backes, Chief Executive Officer
Braxton Technologies, LLC
Mr. Frank Backes serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Braxton Technologies, LLC. As CEO, Mr. Backes has been instrumental in expanding Braxton’s presence in the command and control (C2) market, leveraging new products and services that support the entire lifecycle of a C2 system. In 2009, Mr. Backes received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Rocky Mountain Region Services category in acknowledgement of his accomplishments as Braxton CEO. Under Mr. Backes’s leadership, Braxton designed, delivered, and now sustains the current C2 system for GPS constellation Launch, Anomaly Resolution and Disposal Operations (GPS LADO), and is providing the same critical support for the new generation of GPS ground system, GPS OCX. In addition, Mr. Backes has built relationships with space industry leaders, providing him with key mission insights and customer understanding that ultimately led Braxton to NASA Space Communications Network Services (SCNS) and Air Force Space Command SMC Self Awareness Space Situation Awareness (SASSA) ground system contract awards. Mr. Backes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Semiconductor Physics with minors in Computer Hardware Engineering and Communications/Marketing from the University of California at San Diego.

Daniel N. Baker, Director
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space
Physics (LASP), UCB
Dr. Baker's research is in spacecraft instrumental design and calibration, space physics data analysis, and magnetospheric modeling. He has studied plasma physical and energetic particle phenomena in the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Mercury, and the plasma sheet and magnetopause boundary regions of Earth's magnetosphere. Dan Baker is experienced in the analysis of large data sets from spacecraft at geostationary orbit, and involvement in missions to the Earth's deep magnetotail and comets, in the study of solar wind-magnetospheric energy coupling, and theoretical modeling of the possible role of heavy ions in the development of magnetotail instabilities. Present interests include the use of computer systems and networks to enhance the acquisition, dissemination, and display of spacecraft data.

Ron F. Blackwelder, Professor
Dept of Aerospace and Mechanical  Engineering
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Research interests: experimental fluid mechanics, flight aerodynamics, turbulence
2001, Visiting Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
1994, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University & NASA Ames
1991-93, Consultant, TetraTek, Inc., Camarillo, CA
1990-92, Consultant, Swerling, Manasse & Smith, Inc., Woodland Hills, CA
1983-84, Professeur Associe, Institut National Polytechnique and Visiting Scientist, Institut de Mecanique, Grenoble, France

Gregg Burgess, Vice President of Technology

Space Systems
Sierra Nevada Corporation
As Vice President of Technology at SNC’s Space Systems, Mr. Burgess has a technology portfolio spanning the Dream Chaser reusable space taxi, satellites, space electromechanical and power components, and the hybrid rocket motors, such as the ones that power Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship 2 space tourism vehicle. Prior to coming to SNC, Mr. Burgess served as CTO for the Laserlight Communications startup, establishing architecture and implementation strategy for a commercial 8-satellite high bandwidth laser communications system.   Formerly, as Senior Vice President at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Virginia, Mr. Burgess had developed and implemented the strategy that established Orbital in the National Security Space market as the pre-eminent supplier of small Geosynchronous spacecraft, growing a small study operation to a $250M+ annual revenue enterprise in 10 years. Mr. Burgess began his 31 year career in aerospace systems at Hughes Aircraft Company’s Space and Communications Group, and has been associated with the US National Security Space community since 1989. Mr. Burgess holds MS and BS degrees from MIT in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, and he completed the General Manager’s Program at Harvard Business School. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and in addition to the AES External Advisory Board, he serves on the boards of the Leeds Business School Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, and the National Vaccine Information Center.

Carol Anne Clayson, Associate Scientist with Tenure 
Physical Oceanography Department
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 
Professor Clayson's current primary interest is focused on atmosphere-ocean interaction, with an emphasis on boundary layer processes. Current projects include research involving air-sea fluxes, both in understanding the physics of the interfacial layers at the atmosphere-ocean interface, and in techniques for determining these fluxes from satellite observations. Another project involves understanding the nature of cloud-sea surface temperature interactions, using a combination of data sources and a single-column coupled ocean-atmosphere model. Investigations are continuing into the use of a formal feedback analysis method to quantify the feedbacks in the tropical ocean-atmosphere system. Other research projects include the use of 1-dimensional and 3-dimensional models of the Indian and Pacific oceans and the Sea of Japan. Work in the tropics with these models is aimed at understanding the effects of precipitation on the oceanic mixed layer, and the work in the Sea of Japan is on understanding the role of air-sea coupling in producing oceanic deep convection in this region.

Chris Finnoff, President and Founder

Finnoff Aviation
With over 30 years of aviation industry experience, Chris Finnoff's entrepreneurial approach has generated notable success in bringing new and innovative aircraft to market.  Prior to starting Finnoff International LLC, a company specializing in previously owned PC12 aircraft, as President of the Commercial Group of Adam Aircraft, Finnoff directed the launch of the A-700 jet and the marketing of the A-500 twin engine piston.  Before Adam Aircraft, as Vice President of Sales at Eclipse Aviation, Finnoff developed a sales program resulting in the non-refundable pre-sales of 1500 aircraft within a 12-month period. Prior to Eclipse, Finnoff was President and CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft. Before Pilatus, he was founder and president of Turbo West, the Piper Cheyenne and Beech Aircraft distributor for the Rocky Mountain area.  Earlier in his career, Finnoff was the top-producing sales person at Beech Aircraft and Learjet. Later, he founded Leartek, a technology venture founded to promote Learjet as a tool for high-altitude mapping and reconnaissance.

Michael S. Francis, Chief
Advanced Programs, United Technologies Research Center
Col. Francis retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1997. He helped to develop the first air-space integrated defense information architecture, and directed numerous projects including the US-German X-31 Experimental Fighter Aircraft Program, the Reusable Space Launch Technology Program, and a DoD-sponsored assessment of Aircraft Affordability. At DARPA, he also initiated the Unmanned Tactical Aircraft initiative (now the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Program), and the Micro Air Vehicle Program. At the May 7, 2010 UCB Commencement, Mike Francis received an honorary degree "Doctor of Science" from the Regents of the University of Colorado "in recognition of his outstanding technology contributions and his public service to American society".

Michael E. From, Executive Manager

Aerodynamics Engineernig
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Mr. From has over 29 years of engineering experience covering the entire Boeing commercial airplane product line in all aspects of Aerodynamics Engineering, including aircraft research, configuration/product development, certification, accident/incident investigation, and airline fleet support. He has been an engineering manager for 15 years, serving as executive manager for the past four years. From 1990-1991, he worked with John McMasters to develop, organize, implement, and teach 35 summer interns (including CU students) on how Boeing designs airplanes. Continuing from 1991 to the present Mr. From has participated in interview/recruiting trips to many universities including CU. Last summer 2007 he organized tours, speakers and supported CU outreach activities for the Boeing-Welliver visiting professor program (Dr. Donna Gerren was CU's visiting professor).

Lisa Hardaway, Ph.D., Chief Engineer, Orion Program
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Co., Boulder, CO
Dr. Hardaway is responsible for overseeing the design, development, and test of a suite of sensors used for relative navigation. Prior to this, she was the technical manager for the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3, a hybrid UV to IR camera that which is enabling a deeper understanding of our universe, and the Ralph camera on the New Horizons mission to Pluto, which will provide color, composition and thermal mapping of Pluto and Charon in 2015. Through her Ph.D. thesis work at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Dr. Hardaway observed, for the first time, several different phenomena that lead to the instability of structures under nanometer deformation. She also holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. Dr. Hardaway is an active member of AIAA and is the secretary for the Structures Technical Committee. In past lives, Dr. Hardaway was a structural/mechanical engineer for the International Space Station, FA 18-E/F, Chandra, and Deep Impact programs. In her free time, she enjoys attending her kids’ soccer matches, chasing her wayward dogs, and hiking in the foothills.

(EAB Chair Emeritus - still active with the Board)
Richard Herring, CEO
Spectral Solutions, Inc.
2002-Present, Executive Director, Engineers Without Borders
2002-2006; 2010-2012, Chair, External Advisory Board, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, CU-Boulder
1998-2001, CEO/COO, Spectral Solutions, Inc.
1997-1998, Executive Consultant, Videant International, Inc.
1995-1997, CEO, EarthWatch, Inc. (retired)
1991-1995, Vice President, Ball Aerospace (retired)
1987-1991, Chief Operating Officer, Ball Aerospace

(EAB Chair Emeritus - still active with the Board)
Noel W. Hinners, Vice President of Flight Systems (retired)
Lockheed Martin Astronautics
Dr. Hinners was the founding Editor of Geophysical Research Letters, a rapid-publication journal of the American Geophysical Union. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, founding President of the Maryland and Colorado Space Business Round Tables, a member of the Space Telescope Science Institute Visiting Committee and the External Review Committee for the Non-Proliferation and International Security Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. 
University of Colorado, Aerospace Engineering Sciences External Advisory Board, 2006-2008
Univ. Space Research Assoc., Center for Program Mgmt Research S&E Council, 2003-present

Steven D. Jolly,
Systems Engineering Director - GOES-R, Sensors & Exploration Systems/GOES-R
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Dr. Jolly has served Project Orion off and on as an independent advisor and tiger team lead for entry, descent and landing. He was Program Manager for the Mars Science Lab Aeroshell and a member of the Independent Assessment Panel for the MSL Landing Site Selection (June, 2011), and has served as a member of EDL systems engineering team and critical events risk process for Phoenix, Stardust and Genesis. He has nearly thirty years of experience in spacecraft and launch vehicles from concept through flight operations.  Dr. Jolly earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from CU-Boulder, an M.S. from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering sciences from CU-Boulder. A 2007 recipient of the NASA Public Service Medal for distinguished service, he is the American Astronautical Society (AAS) Chair for the Rocky Mountain Guidance and Control Section.

Simona E. Kelley, Program Manager

Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems - Navigation Systems Division
Mrs. Kelley has over 15 years of experience in program management, systems engineering, integration and test, and advanced technology development and product transition. She is a proven leader who has demonstrated success in leading cross-functional teams from various organizations and influencing all levels of leadership. She managed the development and demonstration of the Relative Navigation technology and the Autonomous Aerial Refueling program for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). She led the spacecraft integration and test of the National Polar Orbital Environmental Sensor Suite (NPOESS) program sensors onto the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft. She has led system design and requirement development, modeling, and performance verification for directed energy programs, and various Electrical-Optical (EO) sensors. She received her Bachelor and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder specializing in GPS and controls systems. She also received a Master of Science in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona Optical Science Center where her thesis was on segmented deformable thin membrane mirrors. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three kids and husband and hiking, biking, and kayaking as much as she can.

Raymond L. Kolibaba, EAB Chair Emeritus - still active with the Board
Systems Development Operations
Mission Systems Sector, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Northrop Grumman Corp
2008 – 2010, Chair, External Advisory Board, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, UCB
Mr. Kolibaba has over 30 years of experience in general management, business development, program management and systems engineering for information technology systems.  He is a proven leader who can achieve staff support to change culture and establish different approaches, including technology insertion reuse and COTS integration.

Elaine S. Oran, Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor
Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland
Emeritus, US Naval Research Laboratory
Dr. Oran received her A.B. in Chemistry and Physics from Bryn Mawr College and both her M.Ph. in Physics and Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University. She recently retired as Emerita from the US Naval Research Laboratory after forty years, and is now at the University of Maryland. Her research includes work on chemically reactive flows, turbulence, numerical analysis, high-performance computing and parallel architectures, shocks and shock interactions, rarefied gases, and microfluidics, with applications to combustion, propulsion, astrophysical explosions, and micro-sensor design. She is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Lanis (Lanny) Pinchuk, Assistant Dean of Engineering, and
Director, External Relations (CU) (retired)
Enlisted in 1952. Received commission and pilot¹s wings through the Aviation Cadet Program. Flew single and multi-engine jets and recips. Flight duties included 5 years flying VIPs in a Special Air Mission (SAM) squadron; flying KC and EC-135¹s in SAC; 135 combat missions in support of the 5th Special Forces in the Central Highlands of Vietnam as a forward air controller flying the O-lE Birddog, and various staff assignments, including working for Commander, 15th Air Forces.

Lanny Pinchuk, a founding member of the AES External Advisory Board, will receive an Honorary Doctorate at the May 9, 2014 CU-Boulder commencement. Lanny is an active and enthusiastic friend of the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences; indeed, to the University of Colorado as a whole. He truly enjoys sharing each person’s strengths and interests as he makes connections among new and familiar people. We are delighted to see him receive this recognition.


Richard L. Rumpf, Rumpf Associates International
Mr. Rumpf is a recognized expert in military research, advanced technologies, and defense acquisition policy and procedures. In 1990, Mr. Rumpf established Rumpf Associates International, Inc., and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rumpf has provided technical, programmatic, management services, and due diligence analysis to a litany of commercial and government (DOD and DOE) clients. He is an unmanned systems expert in all the UxV domains (air, ground, surface, underwater, and lighter-than-air) and routinely assists the government with strategic and technical issues. He received the President's Meritorious Executive Award in 1986, and in 1987, he received the Distinguished Executive Award in the Senior Executive Service from President Reagan, as well as the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award. In 1989, he was honored as the Member of the Year by the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Society. In 1990, he was presented the Navy's Distinguished Civilian Service Award. In October of 1991, Mr. Rumpf was named to the rank of Commandeur in the Ordre National du Mérite by the French Ambassador to the U.S.

Richard F. Schaden, Richard F. Schaden PLLC
An aeronautical engineer by education, Richard F. Schaden has had a distinguished career as an international aviation and public interest trial attorney. He has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in courtroom verdicts and settlements, along with the respect of both the legal and technical communities, with over forty years of successful litigation and trial work experience. In recent years, Richard has combined his legal, engineering and aviation background as the founder of three companies: Beyond the Edge, Beyond Aviation, and Escape Dynamics. In 2011, Richard was honored with the "Man for All Seasons" lifetime service achievement award by Community Food Share (CFS), a food bank serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties. As a restaurateur Richard was a co-founder of the new Italian restaurant concept Tossa, is the co-owner of Laudisio, and co-founded Smashburger with his son, Rick Schaden. Richard is also on the Board of Directors of the Boulder-based non-profit Oceanic Preservation Society.

Scott Tibbitts, Managing Director
SpaceDev Inc.
SpaceDev Inc is an aerospace company that provides innovative microsatellites, hybrid propulsion and spacecraft mechanisms to the global aerospace industry. Mr. Tibbitts was the founder and CEO of Starsys Research Corporation in Boulder Colorado, a company created to bring a promising thermal actuator technology to the spacecraft industry, and now a world-class supplier of mechanical systems and actuators for spacecraft, with a track record of 2500 mechanisms flown on more than 250 spacecraft with 100% success. In 2006, Starsys Research was acquired by SpaceDev Inc., a Poway, California aerospace company that is a world-leader in the development of hybrid propulsion and micro-satellites. Mr. Tibbitts assumed the role of Managing Director of SpaceDev on completion of the merger. Mr. Tibbitts is also the Executive Director of eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship; a not-for-profit partnership of the University of Colorado and SpaceDev, chartered with accelerating the creation of entrepreneurial space companies and the workforce that supports them.

Cornelia (Corky) Townsend, Director, Aviation Safety
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
As director of Aviation Safety, Corky Townsend leads all product safety activities for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, including accident investigations, continued airworthiness efforts and safety assessments for new and derivative airplanes. She also leads Boeing’s aviation safety strategy and participation in global industry safety programs. Townsend was named to the position in July 2008. Previously, Townsend was the chief project engineer for the 747 program. Named to that position in August 2003, she was responsible for ensuring the safety of the 747 and enhancing its value from the customer perspective. From May 2000 to July 2003, Townsend was the deputy chief project engineer and airplane-level integration team leader for the 747 program. Her responsibilities included airplane safety, customer introductions, production support, and product improvement. Over the years, Townsend has progressed through a series of management positions, including 777 program management; senior manager of 747/767/777 airplane performance, safety, certification and test and validation; and program manager for the 747-400X. She began her Boeing career in 1985 in aerodynamics engineering and customer engineering. Townsend holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in business administration from Seattle University.

Laurence R. Young, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Laurence R. Young was the founding Director of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the NAS and is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Dr. Young joined the MIT faculty in 1962, and co-founded the Man-Vehicle Laboratory which does research on the visual and vestibular systems, visual-vestibular interaction, flight simulation, space motion sickness and manual control and displays. Following two years of training at Johnson Space Center he served as Alternate Payload Specialist during the October 1993 mission. Dr. Young has served on numerous Academy committees including the Committee on the Space Station, Committee on Human Factors, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, and Air Force Studies Board.

Past Members:

Susan Avery, Professor, Director of CIRES, University of Colorado at Boulder
Vance Brand, Astronaut (retired)
Linda Cuplin, Senior Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin Aerospace Systems
Richard Cook, Program Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
George J. Gleghorn, Vice President and Chief Engineer (retired), TRW Space and Technology Group
Craig Johnson, Senior Projects Manager, Lockheed Martin SkunkWorks
Clovis Landry, Spacecraft Technologies, Lockheed Martin (deceased)
James McAnally, CEO, Lockheed Martin Astronautics (retired) and EAB Chair 1998-2002
John L. Junkins, George J. Eppright Prof , Texas A&M University
G. Thomas (Tom) Marsh, Executive Vice President (retired), Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
John McMasters, Ed Wells Initiative, The Boeing Company (deceased)
R.C. (Merc) Mercure, Co-founder Ball Aerospace (retired), CEO, CDM Optics, Inc.
Earll Murman, Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Eli Reshotko, Kent H. Smith Professor Emeritus, Case Western Reserve University
Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems Group
H. Joe Smead, CEO, Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics (deceased)
Donald Vanlandingham, CEO and Chair, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp
Bill Weston, Space and Communications Group, The Boeing Company
David Wheaton, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Corp (retired)
David Wisler, Manager University Programs, General Electric Aviation (retired)
Peter Teets, Undersecretary of the Air Force for Space