Executive Staff

John Tomblin

John S. Tomblin, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University

Specializing in: Material Qualification, Advanced Material Insertion, Composites and Advanced Materials Research.

(316) 978-5234
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Tom Aldag

Tom Aldag
Director of Research & Development

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University
Mini-M.B.A. – Wichita State University Center for Management Development 

Specializing in: New materials and fabrication methods, Linking research and development to government and industry needs

(316) 978-5326
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Paul Werner

Paul Werner
Director, Finance and Operations

B.A. Business Administration and Accounting, St. Mary of the Plains College
M.B.A. Wichita State University

Specializing in: Finance, Accounting, Operating Budgets and Program Management

(316) 978-7988
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Tracee Friess

Tracee Friess
Director of Communication and Special Programs

B.A., Communication, Wichita State University

Specializing in: Newsletters, Public Relations, Social Media, Event Planning, Advertising, Media Relations, Press Releases

(316) 978-5597
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Paul Jonas

Paul Jonas
Director of Special Programs

B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Wichita State University

Specializing in: Component and system level environmental and performance testing for commercial and military applications; aircraft component and systems integration; special projects requiring unique or new test or environmental configurations. 

(316) 978-5727 office
(316) 665-0503 
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Christopher Houlshouser

Christopher Holshouser
Technical Director, Advanced Manufacturing Development

B.S. Chemical Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Specializing in: Maturation and transition of advanced manufacturing materials, systems, and processes including metallic and non-metallic additive manufacturing, automation/machine learning, and automated fiber placement.

(612) 759-7287 cell
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Advanced Coatings Lab

Brandon Hunt

Brandon Hunt
Director, Advanced Coatings Lab

B.S., Chemistry, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Specializing in:Research and development of high performance coatings for aerospace, automotive, and general industrial applications

(316) 677-1334
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Aging Aircraft Lab

Melinda Laubach-Hock, Ph.D.

Melinda Laubach-Hock, Ph.D. 
Director, Aging Aircraft Laboratory

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University 
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University

Specializing in: Solid Mechanics, Damage Tolerance and Aircraft Structures, Aging Aircraft Investigations 

(316) 978-8205
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CAD/CAM Lab & Virtual Reality Center

Shawn Ehrstein

Shawn Ehrstein 
Director, CAD/CAM Lab

M.S., Electrical Engineering, Wichita State University
M.B.A., Wichita State University
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Wichita State University

Specializing in: PLM Curriculum Design and Research.

(316) 978-5839
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Calibration & Quality Lab

Keith Fitzgeralds

Keith Fitzgeralds
Manager, Calibration & Quality Laboratory

M.A. Communication, Wichita State University 
B.S. Organizational Management & Leadership, Friends University

Specializing in: Quality Assurance, Accreditation, Calibration and Testing Equipment Maintenance

(316) 978-7272
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Composites & Advanced Materials Lab & Mechanical Test Lab 

Waruna Seneviratne, Ph.D.

Waruna Seneviratne, Ph.D. 
Research Scientist & Technical Director, Composites & Advanced Materials Laboratory

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University 
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University

Specializing in: Structural and solid mechanics with emphasis on experimental work on durability and damage tolerance testing and analysis protocols for full-scale composite airframe structures.

(316) 978-5221
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Royal Lovingfoss

Royal Lovingfoss 
Associate Director, Composites Laboratory

B.S., Chemistry, University of Washington 

Specializing in: Project Management, Composite Material Systems

(316) 978-5317
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Rachael Andrulonis

Rachael Andrulonis
Senior Research Engineer, Composites and Advanced Materials


M.S., Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science Engineering, Cornell University 

Specializing in: Composite materials, statistical analysis of material properties, databases

(316) 218-2773
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Crash Dynamics Lab & Computational Mechanics Lab

Gerardo Olivares

Gerardo Olivares, Ph.D.
Sr. Research Scientist & Director, Crash Dynamics & Computational Mechanics Laboratory

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Wichita State University
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University

Specializing in: Experimental and Computational Structural Crashworthiness, Occupant Injury Biomechanics, Automotive and Aerospace Safety Systems Development, Mechanical Systems Design and Analysis.

(316) 978-7273
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Luis Gomez

Luis Gomez
Manager, Computational Mechanics Laboratory

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Wichita State University
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Politecnica Madrid

Specializing in: Computational Structural Analysis, Occupant Injury Biomechanics, and Aerospace Safety Systems Development.

(316) 978-7280
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Robert Huculak, Ph.D.

Robert Huculak, Ph.D.
Manager, Crash Dynamics Laboratory

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Wichita State University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University

Specializing in: Research, testing and certification for transportation seats and restraint systems under dynamic impact conditions.

(316) 978-5239
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Environmental Test Lab
Billy Martin

Billy Martin
Director, Environmental Test Laboratory

M.S., Organizational Leadership, Newman University
B.S., Electronic Engineering, Oklahoma State University

Specializing in: Compliance to high intensity radiated fields (HIRF) and lightning standards, Aircraft protection against electromagnetic fields. 

(316) 978-8280
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Kyle McMullen

Kyle McMullen
Associate Director, Environmental Test Laboratory

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Wichita State University

Specializing in:Component and system level aircraft environmental testing using DO-160 and MIL-STD procedures. Custom environmental testing requiring unique test setups related to or not necessarily related to aircraft.

(316) 978-8281
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Full-Scale Structural Test Lab
Tim Hickey


Tim Hickey 

Director, Full-Scale Structural Test Laboratory

B.S., Technology, Southwestern College

Specializing in: Full-scale and Component DDT and Static Testing, Experimental Structural Modifications.

(316) 978-8204
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National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP)
Beth Clarkson, Ph.D.

Beth Clarkson, Ph.D. 

Statistician, National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP)

Ph.D., Mathematics, Wichita State University
M.S., Mathematics, Wichita State University

Specializing in: Basis value and Equivalency computations for composite materials, Quality Assurance, Statistical Process Control, and Design of Experiments

(316) 978-3952
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 NDT Training

John Saunders

John Saunders 

Research Engineer & Nondestructive Testing Instructor

B.S., Business Management, Excelsior College of New York 
A.A.S., Metal Working Technology (NDT emphasis), Community College of the Air Force

Specializing in: General Nondestructive Testing theory, training, and testing; Certification programs and processes; NDT specifications and procedures; Probability of detection studies; NDT programs quality control and assessments. 

(316) 677-1410 
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 Research Manufacturing
 

Andy Jonas

Andy Jonas
Manager, Composites Machining & Research Machine Shop

B.B.A., Business Administration, Wichita State University

Specializing in: Precision machining and finishing of test coupons, test articles and prototypes utilizing advanced composites and metallic materials for research and certification projects. 

(316) 978-7339
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Robotics & Automation

Brian M. Brown

Brian M. Brown
Director, Robotics & Automation

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University, 2001

Specializing in: PLM Curriculum Research and Development and Manufacturing

(316) 978-3246
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Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel
John Laffen

John W. Laffen

Director, Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel

B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Wichita State University

Specializing in: Laboratory optimization; Oversight and management of budget, schedules and personnel; Knowledge in aerodynamics, crash dynamics and composites and advanced materials.

(316) 978-5481
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