NIAR gains defense industrial base modernization expertise

Increasing activity in the additive manufacturing sector has prompted Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) to add additional personnel to its already robust advanced manufacturing research team.

Mark Shaw joins as chief engineer of defense industrial base strategy, and Lauren Tubesing joins as business development leader for advanced manufacturing strategy. Both Shaw and Tubesing previously worked for GE Additive, a world leader in metal powder bed additive manufacturing including laser, electron beam, and binder jet technologies.

About Mark Shaw

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As chief engineer for defense industrial base strategy, Mark Shaw will collaborate with government agencies to create a U.S. industrial base modernization strategy; support government modernization efforts; and develop an advanced manufacturing strategy involving government agencies, commercial and defense OEMs, and industry leaders in manufacturing technology.

Shaw brings 34 years of experience, most recently retiring as director of government programs and technology, where he was one of the primary additive leaders for additive manufacturing qualification and certification.

He has worked closely with aviation regulatory authorities, such as the FAA, EASA and Department of Defense, to develop an additive product qualification process roadmap for flight hardware. He also led the team to bring metal additive manufacturing to the aviation industry and the LEAP fuel nozzle team, which helped spark the industrialization of additive manufacturing. He was an additive technical leader on the GE Catalyst program, GE’s first engine with significant additive content, including major engine structures.

Prior to working with additive technologies, Shaw held various positions of technical, management and business leadership within GE Aviation. He also worked for Johnson & Johnson as a medical device project director.

He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Geneva College in Beaver Fall, PA. Over his career, Shaw has received many prestigious awards including Young Engineer, Engineering Excellence, Customer Value and Corporate Leader Awards. He holds eight U.S. patents.

He has been married to his wife Connie for 37 years, and they have five children: Hannah (30), Eli (27), JJ (24), Leah (21) and Eliana (19). 

“I plan to leave a legacy with NIAR to modernize the U.S. defense industrial base,” said Shaw.


About Lauren Tubesing

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As business development leader for advanced manufacturing strategy, Lauren Tubesing will assist with planning and operations for government advanced manufacturing programs; align and influence government agencies for implementation of a modernized industrial base; and investigate and recommend holistic manufacturing solutions.  

Tubesing brings 14 years of government acquisition experience to the team, focusing specifically on the insertion of Additive Manufacturing within the DoD over the last three years. She was previously director of operations for military programs at GE Additive, leading a cross-functional team to bring additive manufacturing into the military space.

She started her career as a finance and acquisitions officer in the U.S. Air Force, transitioning from active duty to civilian life in 2014 when she was hired by GE as a senior internal auditor.  Over her nine years at GE, Tubesing focused on various aspects of U.S. government business – from finance and proposals to insider threats.

She has a B.S. in business administration and management from the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds various accolades including Financial Management Officer of the Year, 341st Missile Wing Company Grade Officer of the Year, GE Aviation Legal Organization Employee of the Quarter and the Cincinnati Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Advocate of the year.

Tubesing is married to husband, Chris. When she is not focusing on warfighter up time, she can usually be found at a sporting event for one of her four children: Brody (10), AJ (9), Carson Rose (6) and Nico (3). She has a passion for improving warfighter readiness and is excited to bring that passion and experience to NIAR.