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Chris Allport's picture

Chris Allport is a co-founder of Skayl, a small business headquartered in Westminster, Maryland supporting aerospace and defense as well as other markets. Allport serves as the chair of the Shared Data Model subcommittee. 

Allport is a specialist in realizing concepts into advanced prototypes. He has a proven track record for creating and developing innovative & disruptive software products and is familiar with numerous aspects of unmanned vehicle industry: from standards to hands-on development. Throughout his 20-year professional career in the defense industry, Allport has been called upon to lend his expertise to myriad integration activities. In earlier years, these efforts were met with simple, point solutions, intended to solve the problem at hand. However, as the years have progressed and challenges more sophisticated, he has had to develop more sophisticated solutions to a variety of integration challenges. Recent projects are a culmination of systems-of-systems integration. 

Stephanie Burns's picture

Stephanie Burns is the co-lead of the FACE Transport Services Segment (TSS) subcommittee within the Technical Working Group (TWG). She is a fellow with Collins Aerospace and has been part of the TSS Steering Committee since 2013.

Joe W. Carter's picture

Joe W. Carter is currently the Deputy G6 of the Program Executive Office (PEO) Chief Information Officer (CIO) / G6 office. He is the chair for the Army’s Real Time, Safety Critical, Embedded (RTSCE) Computing Environment (CE) Working Group (WG), whichconsists of over 40 programs across 8 PEOs, which is part of the U.S. Army’s Common Operating Environment (COE). PEO Aviation’s aircraft including rotary, fixed wing and unmanned systems are adopting the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) to meet the COE standards and architecture. FACE is one of the Real Time InteroperabilityFramework (RTIF) enablers that the RTSCE CEWG has adopted for its member systems to meet COE compliance. He has the responsibility for assisting the tactical systems to achieve Army Interoperability Certification (AIC) via COE and other interoperability testing. His PEO Aviation team has the responsibility for Information Assurance (IA) of tactical systems. This team assists PEO AVN systems in meeting IA standards to receive an Authority to Operate (ATO) and a Certificate of Networthiness (CoN).

During his off times, Joe is a football official; officiating from the middle school to the semi- professional level. He also enjoys woodworking and fishing.

Prior to coming to the Government, Joe worked at a number of organizations with responsibilities ranging from programmer, team lead, software manager and project manager.

Mr. Carter holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Tennessee Technological University.

Patrick Collier's picture

C. Patrick Collier is Senior Open Systems Architect and systems engineer at Aspen Consulting Group. Patrick Collier focuses on the development and use of open architectures for both space and non-space applications. Previously he was a lead hardware engineer at PMA-209 NAVAIR, where he focused on the development of the Hardware Open Systems Technology (HOST) set of standards. His first assignment was as a senior electrical research engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate. While at AFRL, he founded the Next Generation Space Interconnect Standard (NGSIS) with Raphael Some (NASA JPL). Patrick also founded and is currently chair for the VITA 78 (SpaceVPX) and VITA 78.1 (SpaceVPXLite) efforts. He is also a cofounder of the Sensor Open System Architecture (SOSA) and chair of its Hardware Working Group. Additionally, he was a lead for the Space Universal Modular Architecture (SUMO), where he worked to incorporate existing space-related standards and architectures into SUMO.

Christopher Crook's picture

Christopher Crook is a Senior Software Analyst supporting Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation (AVN). He develops technical solutions and provides guidance in the areas of open system architectures, as well as new airborne technologies. Christopher began his career in the United States Army, serving in the Air Defense Artillery branch for seven years. Since then, he has provided software analysis and development support to various programs and platforms within the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground and Flight Test program. Prior to moving to aviation, his last position was as a member of a software review board for the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Product Office. 
Christopher has been an active participant of the FACE Consortium for five years as a member of both the Technical Working Group (TWG) and the Integration Workshop Standing (IWS) Committee. He currently serves as the TWG Chair, and served as the TWG Vice-Chair for the 2019-2020 period.
Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Computer Science from Troy University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Computer Science at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. James Davis's picture

James “Bubba” Davis is a Senior Software Engineer with CRL Technologies, Inc. He has over 20 years of experience with model-based systems engineering and mission critical software architecture, design, implementation and integration. Dr. Davis has worked in both academia and industry and has focused on software integrated systems throughout his career. Of particular interest to Dr. Davis are domain specific modeling tools and techniques and the application of automated model/system integration technologies. 

Dr. Davis has participated in the FACE Consortium since February 2012. From March 2011, he has focused on FACE related efforts with NAVAIR, Army PEO Aviation and U.S. Army CCDC AvMC. He led the team responsible for developing and maintaining the FACE Conformance Test Suite supporting the FACE Technical Standard Editions 1.1, 2.0 and 2.1. He also co-led the FACE TWG Verification Matrix subcommittee until fall of 2016. Dr. Davis has been involved with the FACE TWG Data Model Subcommittee from February 2012. He became co-lead of the subcommittee in April 2014 and continues to co-lead the FACE Data Architecture activities. Dr. Davis is currently serving as chair of the Domain Interoperability Working Group. He is a principal author of the FACE Technical Standard, Editions 2.1 and 3.0 and the Open Universal Domain Description Language Standard, Edition 1.0. 

Dr. Davis has a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. His Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is also from Vanderbilt University.

Herb Van Deusen's picture

Herb Van Deusen is an Engineering Consultant for Aerospace & Defense at W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., since 2012. Prior to that, he was an engineer with the company for 35 years. He specializes in the design and practical application of various high-speed copper cables for aircraft systems, including Ethernet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand, and HIPPI6400. Mr. Van Deusen earned a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

Christopher J. Edwards's picture

Christopher J. Edwards has been working in the avionics industry for 25 years, primarily on cockpit systems for military aircraft. In those years, he has served in leadership roles in Software, Requirements, System Design, PVI development, Qualification Testing, and Project Management. Mr. Edwards has been the primary author of the FACE Conformance Certification Guide and the Problem Report/Change Request (PR/CR) Process and a contributor to several other documents in both the Technical Working Group (TWG) and Business Working Group (BWG). Mr. Edwards currently serves as a co-lead of the FACE TWG Conformance Verification Matrix Subcommittee, is the facilitator of the FACE Verification Authority Community of Practice and is the Systems Engineering Lead for the CMS Project.

Ken J. Erickson's picture

Ken J. Erickson is a Principal Engineer with Tucson Embedded Systems and has been with TES for over 22 years. Ken has a B.S. in Computer Science and Bachelor of Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Ken has 29 years of experience in real-time and embedded software and systems requirements, design, development, integration and test, including both mission and safety critical systems. He is an active participant in the FACE TWG Transport Services Subcommittee, FACE Security CRADA Working Group, FACE TWG Security Subcommittee, FACE Integration Workshop Standing Committee, and Integration Workshop – Getting Started Guide Subcommittee, a member of SOSA, as well as a member of the TES-SAVi FACE Verification Authority team. Verification work includes conformance testing of FACE 2.0, 2.1 and 3.0 TSS, PSSS, Data Models and OSS.

Nathan Flinn's picture

Nathan Flinn has been an employee at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division  (NSWCDD) since 2014.  Nathan has a B.S. in Computer Engineering, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and M.E. in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
In his sixteen-year career, Nathan has worked off board asset integration, unmanned system (UxS) integration, model-based system engineering (MBSE), and architecture initiatives for multiple programs of record in the Army and Navy.  Recently, Nathan led the integration of the MQ-8 Firescout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) ground control station with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface Warfare Mission Package (SUW MP) software.  Since then, Nathan has championed the idea of flexible integration between UxS and Surface Navy warfare systems as well as Modular Open System Approaches (MOSA) to warfare system acquisition.

William G. Tanner's picture

William G. Tanner is a contributing author to the FACETM technical reference architecture and has been active in the FACE Domain Interoperability Working Group (DIOG). 
Bill is currently the lead data modeler for several TES, TES-SAVi (systems architecture virtual integration), and Army projects across varying subject matters. Bill has a B.S. in Computer Science Engineering from Northern Arizona University and over 28 years of embedded software, embedded software application development, and modeling experience, half of which are in software engineering project and product management, the other half directly related to systems and software engineering and modeling using UML, xtUML, and FACETM. Prior to joining TES in 2006, Bill worked for IBM as a software engineer in the disk storage system division, and Project Technology and Mentor Graphics as a data modeler and project manager for the division's UML modeling, verification, and code generation tools.

Dr. Franco Gasperoni's picture

Franco Gasperoni is CEO and co-founder of AdaCore, the provider of non-proprietary tools for safe and secure software development in aerospace, defense, and railway systems.  Since 1994, AdaCore has transformed the business of tools for critical software development into a service combining high-quality freely licensed tools with innovative front-line engineering assistance

Franco has an engineering degree from Mines ParisTech, France and a PhD in Computer Science from New York University, USA. While in France, Franco worked on credit mechanisms and their potential instability with Maurice Allais, the French economics Nobel laureate. Franco has lectured and conducted research in computer science at New York University and Télécom ParisTech. The thread that weaves itself throughout Franco's work is the longstanding interest in social, economic, cybernetic, and engineering systems

Leanne May's picture

Leanne has a BS of Science and MS Degree in Software Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. Leanne has 27 years of experience in software systems design and development, more recently focusing on open systems and product line architectures. Leanne is a contributing author to the FACE™ technical reference and the Domain Interoperability Working Group's Guidance RIG. Leanne has been serving as a Domain Interoperability Working Group (DIOG) Guidance co-lead since 2016.

Dr. Fred Maymir-Ducharme's picture

Dr. Fred Maymir-Ducharme (aka Fred M-D) is an Executive Consultant Architect at IBM Federal CTO Office, and CTO for the Aerospace & Defense Industry. 

Fred held many Executive, Technical and Management positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Unisys, Loral, and Lockheed Martin on major programs across the Department of Defense and the Aerospace Industry. He has been involved with Industry and Government standards since the early 1980’s (e.g., IEEE, ISO, MIL STD 1815B) and professional societies (e.g., IEEE, ACM, ACT-IAC, IJIS). 

Fred led the 2nd iteration of the DoD Joint Technical Architecture (JTA) in the 1990’s, which was an extension of the DoD Architecture Framework coordinated by OSD. Fred served on the Federal Advisory Board on Ada in the early 90’s and was a subject matter expert for the OSD Software Reuse Initiative (SRI) Program Management Office (PMO).  

Fred completed his BS in Computer Science (CS) at the University of Southern California (USC) and his PhD in CS at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  Fred has over 80 publications in the engineering field, has been awarded 4 US Patents, and has chaired numerous conference / workshop program committees and technical.  Fred was an adjunct professor at IIT, teaching graduate CS courses in the 80’s and is currently an adjunct professor at UMUC, where he periodically teaches graduate computer science classes.

Fred is Vice-Chair of the FACE Steering Committee, chairs the Enterprise Architecture Working Group and co-chairs the Airworthiness Subcommittee (EA25).

Greg Maynard's picture

Greg Maynard is responsible for product strategy and vision at WOLF Advanced Technology in addition to the oversight of key technology design decisions. Greg also works with key partners and customers to help them win military and aerospace programs by ensuring WOLF products continue to achieve a performance advantage.

Sean P. Mulholland's picture

Sean P. Mulholland is a co-founder of Tucson Embedded Systems, Inc. Sean has a B.S in Computer Science and Systems Design from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Sean currently serves as TES CEO and President. Sean has 31 years of experience in software intensive system development, design, integration and testing, especially as it relates to mission critical and safety critical systems. Sean has designedand built several product lines that produced significant advancements in the areas of Geographic Information Systems, Military Ground Systems, Unmanned Ground Vehicles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and Manned aircraft systems. Sean is a contributing author to the FACETM technical reference architecture and has been active serving as a key resource in FACE Data Architecture development. Sean’s current work is focusing on the development of a process and supporting tool suite for optimizing the system development of safe and secure systems for military and commercial systems.

Robert Normoyle's picture

Robert Normoyle is employed at Herrick Technology Laboratories, where he is leading the development of the SOSA™ aligned chassis and related 3U VPX products. He has 35+ years of experience developing high performance systems for electronic warfare (EW), radar, signal intelligence and communication. He is a member of the SOSA standards organization as well as the VITA standards organization where he was a key contributor to the VITA 49, VITA 65 and VITA 67 standards.

Andre Odermatt's picture

Andre Odermatt is a Technical Marketing Manager at Real-Time Innovations (RTI). Before joining the Products & Markets group at RTI, Andre was a Field Application Engineer at RTI for five years, working closely with customers on distributed systems.  He has been participating in the FACE Consortium Integration Workshop Standing Committee (IWS) meetings for years.  As a Field Application Engineer, he supported multiple projects such as the Ship Self Defense System (SSDS), General Atomics Ground Control Station, and Boeing AWACS, among others. Andre has over 30 years of experience with embedded systems, distributed applications, and communications protocols. He is an active participant in the FACE Consortium TWG Transport Services Segment (TSS) technical 

Nicholas E. Ortyl's picture

Nicholas Ortyl is a Parsons Technical Fellow with over 25 years of experience in at engineered products companies, with technology deliveries spanning defense, industrial, automotive, and agricultural sectors.  He holds a BS of Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Mr. Ortyl and his team deliver RF-based integrated solutions for government, military and law enforcement agencies.  These products and solutions address a wide range of SIGINT missions.

Steven P. Price's picture

Steven P. Price has been working in avionics and embedded software for 30 years. He has worked on several different graphic user interfaces including cockpit systems. He has been a leader in the design and implementation of some of these systems, along with being involved with the testing of some of these systems. Currently Mr. Price is one of the Software Engineers for CMS, and the principal developer of the CMS Menu System. He is a FACE Verification Authority Subject Matter Expert (SME).

Mike Roberts's picture

Mike Roberts is a Solutions Architect at ADLINK Software and Technology. Mike has been with ADLINK (PrismTech) for over 10 years.  Before joining ADLINK as a Solutions Architect, Mike was a Project Engineer at DRS Test and Energy Management, where he used OpenSplice DDS for a joint Army program for Vehicle Health Management System (VHMS) for three years. He has participated in The Open Group FACE Consortium Integration Workshop Standing Committee (IWS) meetings since 2015.  As a Solutions Architect, he has supported such DoD Programs as Objective Simulation Framework for MDA, Network Joint Fires, Collaborative Operations in Denied Environments (CODE) for DARPA, and SmartNAS for NASA, among many others. Mike has over 40 years of experience with embedded systems, distributed systems, wire-level protocols, and Linux network drivers both wireless and wired. He is an active member of the FACE Consortium TWG Transport Services Segment (TSS) technical working group.

Garrett Sargent's picture

Garrett Sargent completed two bachelor’s degrees in electrical and Computer Engineering and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton in 2016 and 2017, respectively. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Dayton and the owner of Psoas LLC, where he is working full-time as a Systems Engineer. His primary focus is in the area of open system architectures for sensors, where he is working to design the next generation of sensor architectures for commercial and government applications. His research interests are in image processing, deep learning, and open architecture design. His dissertation topic is on demosaicing techniques using generative adversarial networks for polarimetric imaging applications.

Stephen Simi's picture

Stephen Simi has worked within the advanced aviation industry for the U.S. Military and Space industry for the past 16 years at Tucson Embedded Systems, Inc. He currently serves as TES Vice President and Division Lead for Military and Aerospace Solutions (MAS) division, has led and currently is leading many U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and NASA JPL program efforts for TES. He is partnered with many aviation industry organizations, helping the community to populate a growing list of FACE Conformant products [ ]. Currently TES has helped developed 30% of these products. 

Stephen has 33 years experience in Engineering, with 20 plus years at executive level. Stephen has a B.S. in Physical Sciences (Math, Computer Sciences, and Engineering) and a M.S. in Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is recognized as an industry innovator of agile technologies that can be applied to Joint forces across the common operating picture/battlespace of C4ISR assets, and an industry expert in lifecycle development of reusable software systems. He has authored over thirty technical publications and presented to the AHS, AOC, and AIAA/IEEE societies, to the FACE Consortium, and MITRE on areas of software development, reusable systems, and advanced modeling and simulations of those systems. Stephen currently manages US military programs for the US Army Aviation, US Air Force, and the Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC) Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program efforts; and aerospace programs for NASA JPL [ ].

Tyler Smith's picture

Tyler Smith is a senior research scientist at Adventium Labs and is leading Adventium’s work supporting the Army Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Mission Systems Architecture Demonstration (MSAD) effort in model-based procurement and continuous virtual integration. Mr. Smith is responsible for the design and implementation of the Continuous Virtual Integration Server (CVIS) that enables users to stand up a server to automatically execute scripts for model retrieval, integration, analysis, and report generation. Likewise Mr. Smith is coordinating an Architecture Centric Virtual Integration Process (ACVIP)-aligned exercise to evaluate AADL model based procurement and integration with Single Source of Truth (SSoT) practices and tools. In addition, Mr. Smith was the Principal Investigator (PI) on a Phase I SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) building tools for integration of virtual and physical components in a lab setting for early testing. Finally, Mr. Smith is a co-author of the AADL Annex for the FACE Technical Standard, version 3.0. The Annex was released in February 2018 and has been distributed to both the AADL and FACE Technical Standard communities. Prior to joining Adventium in 2014 Mr. Smith was a software engineer with General Dynamics and worked on components aligned to the FACE Technical Standard Edition 2.0. Mr. Smith is a member of the AADL Standards Committee and is Adventium’s primary representative in the FACE Consortium.

Capt. Margaret Wilson's picture

Capt. Margaret Wilson assumed command of the Air Combat Electronics program office (PMA-209) in May 2020.

Wilson graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996 with a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering. She was selected for the Voluntary Graduate Education Program and earned a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Maryland in December 1996. 

Following flight training and designation as a naval aviator in 1998, her first fleet assignment was to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Fifteen (HS-15),where she completed two deployments aboard the USS George Washington (CVN-73) in support of Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom.

Wilson graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 2003 and was assigned to Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Squadron (HX-21) as the MH-60R deputy flight test director for Undersea Warfare.

She reported to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander, Sixth Fleet in October 2005.  She served as the West and Central Africa strategy and policy officer, focused on improving maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea region.

In 2007, Wilson became a department head with HS-6 where she served as the as the safety and standardization officer, administrative officer, and maintenance officer, completing two deployments aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68).

Following her department head tour, she transferred to U.S. Africa Command and served as a joint planning team lead for the Standing Joint Force 

Headquarters. In 2011, she led the humanitarian assistance effort for Operation Odyssey Dawn.

In 2012, Wilson became the executive officer and ultimately the commanding officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Seven (HSC-7). During her tenure, the squadron deployed aboard the USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Following her command tour, she reported to the H-60 Multi-Mission Helicopters program office (PMA-299) as the Air Vehicle and Production Integrated Product Team (IPT) lead and then as the H-60 In-Service IPT co-lead.

In 2018, Wilson led the NAVAIR Cyber Warfare Detachment as the military director, focusing on improving the cyber resiliency and readiness of naval aircraft. Wilson then served as the Ship Air Traffic Management deputy program manager for Naval Air Traffic Management Systems (PMA-213).

Wilson accumulated over 3,100 flight hours in over 35 different aircraft. Her decorations include one Department of Defense Meritorious Service medal, three Meritorious Service awards, and numerous campaign, unit, and personal awards.

Leqi (Ken) Zhang's picture

Leqi (Ken) Zhang, Engineering/Solution Architect, L3Harris Technologies has 15 years of systems engineering experience in the defense industry. His experience includes development of ground and ship-based radar systems, sonar systems, biometric devices, and Type-1 High Assurance End Cryptographic Unit (ECU) equipment for tactical and satellite communications, key management infrastructure, and RF communication systems.  His current primary role is to support technical program capture which includes strategize on positioning, supporting BAAs and TMRR efforts, and proposal development for cybersecurity solutions.  He has been actively supporting DoD open system consortium such as SOSA primarily contributing to the development of security related standards.  He also has extensive expertise and experience in Model Based System Engineering (MBSE).  Being a thought leader in the company, he has led numerous initiatives in maturing the corporate MBSE capabilities.  He is also actively involved in consortiums such as INCOSE/IEEE/NDIA in enhancing MBSE capabilities for the industry.