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Aerospace/Wind Case Study Speaker Bios

Speaker Bios: 


Charles Steven Griffin
Mr. Griffin is the executive responsible for the performance of the NASA Kennedy Space Center Engineering Services Contract (ESC) with a ceiling value of $1.9B. ESC provides hardware and software engineering services for ground systems and equipment in all development phases, space flight systems engineering and analysis of launch vehicle and spacecraft/payload systems and subsystems, science and technology development, as well as maintenance and operations of labs and development shops.

ESC is developing the technology that addresses NASA mission requirements and operational needs to support of future civil and commercial space missions.
Prior to joining Vencore, Steve served as President of Space Coast Launch Services responsible for the USAF 45th Space Wing’s Launch Operations Support Contract, and then as General Manager of Computer Sciences Raytheon (CSR) responsible for the performance of the USAF 45th Space Wing’s Eastern Range Technical Services Contract. Under Steve’s leadership, both companies achieved 100% mission success in 83 consecutive national security, civil, and commercial launches with a combined value of over $50 billion. Most recently, Steve served as Senior Director of Business Development for Chicago Bridge and Iron Federal Services responsible to build market position, create long- term value, and contribute to the development and refinement of the company’s business vision and strategy.
Steve began his professional career as a commissioned officer in the United States Army after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as a logistician before joining McDonnell Douglas as an engineer for cruise missile production, and later satellite payload integration in both the manned and unmanned space programs.

Steve went on to serve as Deputy General Manager and Director of Operations of Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida and Chief Engineer for the Department of Homeland Security at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida before returning to the space program with Space Coast Launch Services at the Cape.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from West Point, Steve also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida, an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He serves as an Executive Board Member for the National Space Club Florida Committee, United Way of Brevard County, and the American Space Museum and Walk of Fame. In 2004 Steve was named as an Aerospace Laureate by Aviation Week and Space Technology Magazine.


Jonathan W. Naughton, PhD
Dr. Naughton has been a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wyoming since 1997 and is currently a Professor and Director of the Wind Energy Research Center. Dr. Naughton obtained his B.S. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in the area of compressible fluid dynamics. Prior to joining the UW faculty, Dr. Naughton worked at NASA-Ames Research Center for four years. During the 2004-2005 academic year, Dr. Naughton was a visiting faculty at Chalmers Technical University in Gothenberg, Sweden where he worked with the turbulence research laboratory. Dr. Naughton's current research includes the development of skin-friction measurement techniques and turbulent flow measurement, modeling and control with applications to jet flows, wake flows, base drag reduction, unsteady blade aerodynamics, and atmospheric boundary layer modeling. As the Wind Energy Research Center has grown, Dr. Naughton spends an increasing amount of time interacting with industry, government labs, state organizations, and academic institutions involved in developing the understanding and technology necessary for expanding the penetration of wind energy into the electricity market with a particular focus on the development of Wyoming wind resources. In 2014, faculty from the Center were awarded a 4.25 million dollar grant considering the interaction between wind farm efficiency, transmission stability, and economics of transmission.

In 2004, Dr. Naughton formed Wyoming Instrumentation Development (WInD) in Laramie Wyoming. Since its founding, WInD has performed activities ranging from measurements in UW wind tunnels and other facilities, consulting on a range of instrumentation and measurement topics, expert witness services, and feasibility studies. This work has been undertaken with private industry, government labs (NASA, DOE), and academic institutions. More recently, Dr. Naughton co-founded Resono Pressure Systems with former graduate students to market unsteady pressure measurement systems.

Dr. Naughton is an active member of the American Physical Society, the American Helicopter Society, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In the latter society, Dr. Naughton is an Associate Fellow and served as the Chair of the Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Technical Committee from 2008-2010.


Mark Weitz
Kennon Products of Sheridan designs and manufactures protective equipment and systems for "high value assets", our principal customers being in aviation and aerospace. Kennon works closely with end users, and aerospace Primes, to develop solutions that are high performance, lighter, easier to use, and longer lasting. Kennon also utilizes the SBIR program, primarily via DoD and NASA, to develop solutions for those agencies' specific needs. SBIR work greatly improves Kennon's design and engineering expertise, while also opening up new business opportunities. Kennon employs 45 people over a spectrum of skill sets.

Mark Weitz is the Vice President of Kennon's research and development division. Mark is a licensed chemical engineer, and holds a masters degree from the University of Wyoming in Atmospheric Science.


Marc Chaves
Mr. Chaves currently holds the position of Business Development Manager for Space Access and Integrated Systems in the Space and Defense Group. Present responsibilities include development and growth of product lines and technologies in defense, civil and commercial space markets.
Previous sales and project experience includes over 30 years involvement in spacecraft, satellite, missile and launch vehicle technology development including products for DACS, electric propulsion, TVC, cryogenic engines, and on-orbit servicing systems.

Mr. Chaves has been at Moog since 1976 and held positions in Logistics, Contract Administration, Program Management and Business Development


Mike Wandler
Mr. Wandler is president and shareholder of L&H Industrial Inc., a premier aftermarket supplier of mechanical parts and services headquartered in Gillette and with locations in Sheridan and Rock Springs, Wyoming; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Johannesburg, South Africa; Mackay, Australia; Antofagasta, Chile; and distributors selling directly to major surface mines around the world.

Wandler began his career at L&H Industrial Inc., as a laborer and worked his way through supervisory and managerial roles to become the company’s president in 2000.



Pablo Balan
Mr.Balan is the Industrial and Commercial Project Manager for Vacutech, joining in 2015.
His career with industrial ventilation systems started while he was attending college, first as a technical draftsman drawing detailed schematics with proficiency in ventilation survey, hand-drafting, CAD drafting and engineering concepts. He was then promoted to Ventilation Systems Designer providing design of customized capture devices and ductwork dimensioning using engineering specifications and software.

His next promotion was On-Site Project Supervisor, responsible for the supervision, installation, start-up, adjustment and commissioning of customer ventilation systems, managing and coordinating subcontractors and training employees. This led him to a promotion as Project Manager, adding responsibilities of purchasing products, timelines, cost estimation, crew estimation, on time completion within budget and to specifications, then reporting those results to top management.

His career took him to Michigan, US in 2004, employed for Nederman Inc. as a Project Manager for eight years, where he managed projects with customers in South America, networked to obtain new customers and provided custom solutions to improve working environments. As a native Spanish speaking person, he acted as a liaison between Nederman Inc. and Spanish speaking countries.

His career, again, took him to Denver, CO in 2012 where he worked for a dust collection company with emphasis in High Vacuum Systems design. At present, Pablo has completed a large industrial high vacuum system for Vestas Blades America. Pablo has enjoyed the move to Colorado to its fullest because of his love for outdoor activities like fly fishing, camping, backpacking, hiking, and cross country skiing. He also enjoys ham radio, and cooking.
He currently resides in Littleton, CO. You can reach him at pbalan@vacutechllc.com.
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