Instructors - Orlando Aerospace Short Course



Mario Asselin

Mario Asselin is chairman of Asselin, Inc. (, a company that provides engineering services in performance, stability and control. He is also an Engineering Fellow for Bombardier Aerospace, a Transport Canada DAD, and a FAA flight analyst DER for Part 23 & 25. Asselin previously held positions as Director of Flight Test Center Engineering, Operations, and Quality for Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita, Kansas, manager flight test team CSeries at the Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita, senior manager of engineering flight test with Honda Aircraft Corporation, vice president of engineering with Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation, Learjet's chief of stability and control at the Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita, chief technical for Bombardier's CRJ-900. He has taught courses for the Royal Military College of Canada, McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal. He is the author of An Introduction to Aircraft Performance. Asselin holds a B.E. in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and an M.Sc.A. in aerothermodynamics from École Polytechnique of Montreal.

2021 Aerospace Short Course: Operational Aircraft Performance and Flight Test Practices

George Cusimano

George Cusimano is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Vector LLC aviation consulting services. He is a flight test engineer and educator with more than 40 years of experience in research, development, and test of important leading edge technologies. He has flight-tested complex systems, such as the F-117, B-2, X-33 (single stage to orbit prototype), DarkStar UAV and X-35 (Joint Strike Fighter prototype). In addition to multiple postings as a flight test engineer, George was: the Director of Test and Evaluation for the F-117 System Program Office; the Chief of Flight Test Engineering for the B-2 Combined Test Force; the Deputy Director of the Joint STARS Combined Test Force; and the Director of Flight Test at the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. George has also taught at the National Test Pilot School and has served as a Technical Advisor to the United States Air Force. He retired from the United States Air Force as a colonel after 24 years of service. George holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. He is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School and a Fellow of the Society of Flight Test Engineers.

2021 Aerospace Short Course: Flight Testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Unique Challenges

Luc Deniger

Luc Deniger started his aviation career in the Canadian Air Force, where he served as an aerospace engineering officer, working in flight test and as a CF18 operational maintenance engineer. After twelve years in the military, he joined Transport Canada civil aviation as a propulsion certification engineer. He worked on various certification programs including several engines, a variety of helicopters and aircraft, and powered gliders. Some of the certification programs he supported include: Airbus A330/340, BAE 125, Bell 230, Kamov Ka-32A and Klimov engine. While at Transport Canada he also worked as certification program manager and senior continuing airworthiness engineer. Following sixteen rewarding years working for Transport Canada, Luc returned to the Department of National Defence, where he worked on all recent major certification programs to support the Canadian military. Luc Deniger is currently president of DEN Certification Consulting Inc, a company that provides engineering consulting services for civil and military certification of propulsion systems.

2021 Aerospace Short Course: Civil and Military Certification of Propulsion Systems to Support Aircraft and Helicopter Operations

Derek Ferguson

Derek Ferguson has worked in the aircraft certification field for 35 years. He has extensive experience managing aircraft and engine certification projects; developing, interpreting and applying airworthiness regulations, standards and guidance; assessing and developing strategies to mitigate safety risk; conducting regulatory audits, and approving the design assurance and self-audit programs of air carriers and aerospace manufacturers and managing professional staff. He has detailed knowledge of Canadian and international airworthiness regulations, standards and guidance, continuing airworthiness regulatory programs, the Canadian and international design approval delegation system, along with the certification process for aeronautical products. Mr. Ferguson currently works for Amtek Engineering Services, Ltd. in Ottawa, Ontario, serving as a Consultant to the Directorate of Technical Airworthiness and Engineering Support for the Canadian Department of Defence. He worked for Transport Canada for 30 years, beginning as an Airworthiness Engineer in 1985, and assuming increasingly more responsible positions including Senior Project Manager, Superintendent of the Delegations Section, Chief of the Delegations and Quality Division and Chief of Continuing Airworthiness (COS). Mr. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba.

2021 Aerospace Short Course: Civil and Military Certification of Propulsion Systems to Support Aircraft and Helicopter Operations

Jeff Knickerbocker

Jeff Knickerbocker is a consulting DER with 30+ years of experience as a systems/software engineer. He has led technical teams in designing, developing and verifying real-time embedded software and AEH devices. In addition to industry affiliations, he also provides consulting and training services to the FAA and other non-U.S. regulatory agencies. In 2002, he and his wife started Sunrise Certification & Consulting. Knickerbocker has a B.S. in physics and an M.S. in software engineering.

2021 Aerospace Short Course: Software Safety, Certification and DO-178C

Jose Mora-Vargas

Jose Mora-Vargas currently works as an independent consultant for companies holding delegated organization status. He retired in November, 2017 as the Lead ODA Administrator at Associated Air Center, a Standard Aero Completion Center located in Dallas, TX. For several years, he has been an FAA designee, initially as a DER. Since 1976, he has worked for several OEMs, including Embraer, Bombardier, General Dynamics, Honda Aircraft, and Associated Air Center. During his professional career, he held positions as Program Manager, FAA Designee, Certification Engineer, DAS/ODA Administrator, and Certification Director. He has a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica (ITA) from Brazil, and a MSc degree in Business/Management Aeronautical Sciences from Embry-Riddle University (Florida).

2021 Aerospace Short Course: Cabin Safety and Crashworthiness of Aircraft Cabin Interiors

Harold Rosenstein

Mr. Rosenstein was the Chief Engineer, Phantom Works-The Boeing Companys' Advanced Development organization-with responsibility for new concepts, research programs and preliminary design. He retired in 2013 with 50 years of experience in developmental and production programs ranging from rotorcraft to large fixed-wing transport aircraft, both manned and unmanned. He has held various assignments with increasing levels of responsibility supporting Boeing's advanced fixed wing transports and V/STOL developments, including the development of the V-22 tiltrotor and the RAH-66 helicopter. He has taught university-level seminars on V/STOL engineering at Penn State, Nanjing University and the American Helicopter Society. He also belongs to numerous technical societies including the American Helicopter Society (AHS), and is a Senior Member-Emeritus of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Mr. Rosenstein received the prestigious Paul E. Haueter Award from the American Helicopter Society for "Significant contributions to VTOL aircraft development" and holds numerous patents. In addition he is a Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society for "Notable and outstanding contributions to the vertical flight community".

2021 Aerospace Short Course: Fundamentals of V/STOL Rotorcraft

C. Bruce Stephens

C. Bruce Stephens is an HIRF/Lightning/EWIS ODA UM/AR at the Boeing Company and a consultant DER at his company, Stephens Aviation, with a wealth of experience in High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) and Lightning protection of Aircraft. Stephens retired from Hawker Beechcraft after 28 years of service. He has HIRF/Lightning experience on both Part 23 and Part 25 including composite aircraft. Stephens is working with the Boeing Team to develop EWIS requirements and means of compliance on several aircraft projects. Stephens is a Six-Sigma/Lean Master Black Belt consultant, developing implementation and training materials, and teaches at a number of universities, including Webster University and Southwestern College. He has an executive M.B.A. and M.S. in Management from Friends University and a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Wichita State University.

2021 Aerospace Short Course: Electromagnetic Effects Aircraft Level Testing and FAA Requirements

Donald T. Ward

Donald T. Ward is a professor emeritus of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University and a former director of its Flight Mechanics Laboratory. Previously, he served 23 years as an officer in the United States Air Force, retiring as a colonel. His last military assignment was as Wing Commander of the 4950th Test Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Earlier tours included Commandant of the USAF Test Pilot School and Director of the F-15 Joint Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base. A Fellow of the AIAA, Ward is the senior co-author of two textbooks, Introduction to Flight Test Engineering, Volumes I and II. He is a member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Ward holds a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas, an M.S. in astronautics from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Mississippi State University. Dr. Ward is currently the manager of the Systems Architecture Virtual Integration (SAVI) program, a Model Based Systems Engineering project of the Aerospace Vehicle Systems Institute (AVSI), an industry, government, and academia research collaborative. SAVI is intended to radically improve the integration process for complex, software-intensive systems through the use of virtual integration. He has taught short courses for the University of Kansas Professional & Education Division for over 30 years.

2021 Aerospace Short Course: Aerospace Applications of Systems Engineering

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