National Aerospace & Electronics Conference(NAECON)

Dayton, OH | USA * June 27 - 30, 2017


Thank you to our Sponsors!







Air Force Institute of Technology

Wright State University

University of Cincinnati

The Ohio State University

Oakland University

IEEE Circuit and Systems Society (CAS)

Ohio Aerospace Institute

Chairman: Dr. Robert Ewing
Phone: 937-713-8122



Luncheon Keynote Speaker (Wednesday, June, 28):  Dr. Elliott Brown, Wright State University

Topic: Good Vibrations: Resonant RF Interactions with Bioparticles and Biomolecules from GHz to THz

Bio: Dr. Elliott Brown joined the WSU physics department Spring 2010. Brown received his bachelor's degree in physics from UCLA and graduate degrees in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology. For four years he was with the Hughes Aircraft Co., where he worked on key components in millimeter-wave radiometers and high-speed laser communications systems for the company¢s space and communications group. Brown also was a program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, an arm of the Defense Department responsible for developing new technology for the military. He oversaw work on microwave integrated circuits for radar and electronic warfare. In addition, he worked as an assistant program manager at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. At Lincoln Laboratory he worked on terahertz and infrared technologies, high-speed electronics and novel electromagnetic concepts such as photonic crystal antennas. More recently, he was an EE professor at UCLA and a tenured full professor in the ECE department at University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Brown is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the American Physical Society. In 1998, he received an Award for Outstanding Achievement from the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is the Ohio Research Scholar in Layered Sensing at Wright State and holds a joint appointment with Electrical Engineering.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker (Thursday, June 29):  Dr. John L. Volakis, The Ohio State University

Topic: Ultra-Wideband Arrays with Low Cost Beamforming Back-Ends

Bio: Prof. John L. Volakis is the Roy and Lois Chope Chair in Engineering at the Ohio State Univ. and a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. (2003-pres). He also served as the Director of the Ohio State Univ. ElectroScience Laboratory for 14 years (with approx. 170 people and 30 faculty/researchers). Effective Aug 1, 2017 he will be the Dean at the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International Univ (FIU).  He is an IEEE and ACES Fellow. His career spans 2 years at Boeing, 19 years on the faculty at the Univ of Michigan and 15 years at Ohio State. At Michigan he served as the Director of the Radiation Laboratory at U of Michigan (1998-2000). He has 35 years of experience and his research covers wireless communications, wearable textile antennas and electronics, antenna and arrays, ultra-wideband RF beamforming techniques, RF materials and metamaterials, EMI/EMC, multi-physics engineering, bioelectromagnetics, mm-wave front ends for GB communications, THz, radar scattering, RF systems integration, propagation, design optimization, and computational methods. He is internationally known for introducing hybrid finite element methods in electromagnetics, antenna miniaturizations techniques and textile electronics.  In 2004, he was listed by ISI among the top 250 highly cited scientists/engineers. His publications include 8 widely used books, 400 journal papers and nearly 800 conference papers. As of May 2017, his google h-index=59 with nearly 16000 citations. He mentored nearly 90 Ph.Ds with 37 of them having won awards at international conferences. His service to Professional Societies include: 2004 President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and 2015-2017 USNC-URSI B Chair.

Banquet Speaker (Thursday, June 29):  Daniel Both, Former Technical Director of Trusted Foundry Program

Bio: Daniel Both began his career at NSA as an Engineering CO-OP Student. He earned a BSEE from University of Akron and did his graduate studies at University of Maryland in Communications, Digital Design, Microelectronic Modeling & Processing. He has spent 50 years at NSA, working mostly in microelectronics as a System Communications Engineer and ASIC Designer. He is the Founding Technical Director for NSA TAPO (Trusted Access Programs Office) from 2002 – 2012. He is currently retired but has served part time as a SAR/Technical Advisor for TAPO (2012 – 2016) and is serving as a volunteer technical advisor, writing microelectronic technology history and lessons learned.

Plenary 1 (Wednesday, June 28): : Dr. Patrick Roblin, The Ohio State University

Topic: New Paradigm for the Accelerated Design of Power Efficient RF Amplifiers

Bio: Patrick Roblin received the Maîtrise de Physics degree from the Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France, in 1980, and the D.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, in 1984.  In 1984, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH where he is currently a Professor. His present research interests include the measurement, modeling, design and linearization of non-linear RF devices and circuits such as power-amplifiers and MIMO systems.  He is current serving as a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer for IEEE-MTT.

Plenary 2 (Wednesday, June 28): Dr. Gary Scalzi, Air Force Research Laboratory

Topic: Air Force ManTech – Bridging the Valley of Death: From Science & Technology to Manufacturing & Production

Bio: Gary J. Scalzi received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1985 and 1990, respectively, from Northeastern University, Boston, MA.  Mr. Scalzi has over 30 years’ experience in various engineering positions in both military and commercial markets.  He has authored or co-authored papers in various journal, conference and industry publications.  He has also been an adjunct professor at Tufts University, Medford, MA teaching graduate courses in microwave system engineering.  He is currently with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RXME) at Wright Patterson AFB.  Mr. Scalzi is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of Sigma Xi.
Gary has held multiple positions in government and industry as GaAs MMIC designer, RF and microwave systems engineer. Gary began his career in government in 1981 working for Rome Air Development Center at Hanscom AFB, MA.  He held multiple positions in government & industry and moved to Ohio in 2007.  Gary has worked as an independent consultant as well as for startup companies, mid-size, and large corporations.  Gary’s current role is as the chief of the Electronics & Sensors Branch, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology Division, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL.

Plenary 3 (Wednesday, June 28): Mike Parker, Intel Corp

Topic: Stratix 10: Intel’s latest FPGA technology and capabilities

Bio: Michael Parker is responsible for Altera’s digital signal processing (DSP) product architecture. This includes Altera’s new Floating Point DSP architecture as well as DSP tool development, floating point tools. He has over 30 years experience in the DSP industry, with 10 years at Altera, now Intel.
He also authored two books: “Digital Signal Processing 101” and “Embedded Video Processing for Engineers” and has published over 30 technical articles and papers on DSP, radar, algorithm implementation and various other technology subjects. 

Plenary 4 (Friday, June 30):Captain Jeffrey "JT" Elder, Commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center

Topic: Globalization of MicroElectronics

Bio: Captain Jeffrey ‘JT’ Elder assumed command of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) in June 2014. NSWC Crane is focused on providing acquisition engineering, in-service engineering and technical support for sensors, electronics, electronic warfare and special warfare weapons.

Captain Elder served as Deputy Director in the Special Communications Directorate and as a Program Manager in the Advanced Systems and Technology Directorate, both the National Reconnaissance Office, where he led DoD and Intelligence Community classified acquisition programs. He also served as head of the Enterprise Systems Engineering Division in the National Security Space Office, and as IPT lead for amphibious assault ship air/ship integration in PMA-251/AIR-1.2 in NAVAIR. A staff tour as the Executive Assistant to the Principal Military Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition provided insight to the decision processes of the Navy Service Acquisition Executive.

Elder earned a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University in 1988, was commissioned in 1989 and earned his Wings of Gold in August of 1990. He earned master’s degrees in Astronautical Engineering and Applied Physics in 1997, both from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).

His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (individual action), Joint Service Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Navy Commendation Medal (with two gold stars) and various campaign and service ribbons. He has logged more than 2800 flight hours in military and civilian, rotary and fixed wing, aircraft.

Plenary 5 (Friday, June 30): Representative Rick Perales, Ohio House of Representatives, 73rd District

Topic: TBD

Bio: State Representative Rick Perales is serving his third term in the Ohio House. He serves the 73rd House District, which includes the western portion of Greene County, including Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Representative Perales retired from the United States Air Force in 1997, and is the sole member of the General Assembly inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. From 1998-2013 he was the Executive Director of Facilities at the University of Dayton. During that time, he served a year on Beavercreek City Council, was Mayor of the City of Beavercreek, and served as Greene County Commissioner.

Representative Perales’ work in the General Assembly includes being the founder and inaugural Chair of the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee. He is also the current Chairman of the Veteran’s Caucus and the Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education.

Perales and his wife, Becka, reside in Beavercreek. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Women In Engineering Panelists (Friday, June, 30):  "STEM-M, Fostering the Next Generation of Women Engineers, Mathematicians and Scientists"

Dr. Cassie Barlow, Executive Director, WSU Aerospace Professional Development Center

Bio: Dr. Cassie B. Barlow joined the Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) in 2014 as Executive Director of the Wright State University Aerospace Professional Development Center (APDC). Shortly after, she assumed additional roles when she was named Executive Director of the Center for Workforce Development at Wright State University that includes the Aerospace Professional Development Center and the Regional STEM Collaborative. 

These operations, led by Dr. Barlow, are laser focused on workforce development needs across Ohio, primarily in the aerospace and defense industry and STEM disciplines. Dr. Barlow is familiar with leading multiple activities. Prior to joining WSRI, She was the 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), OH. In that role, she commanded one of the largest air base wings in the Air Force with more than 5,000 Air Force military, civilian, and contractor employees. Dr. Barlow retired from active duty with the US Air Force as colonel in 2014.

Dr. Barlow was commissioned in 1988 as a distinguished graduate of Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Following graduation, she attended Information Management Technical School at Keesler AFB, MS.

Dr. Barlow earned a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Master of Clinical Psychology degree from Chapman University, Orange County, CA; and Ph.D. from Rice University, Houston, TX. She also earned master degrees in Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, AL, and in National Security, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, DC.


Dr. Emily Cory, Director, AFRL Maker Hub

Bio: Dr. Emily Fehrman Cory is a General Engineer in the AFRL Small Business Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  Dr. Emily Fehrman Cory is the director of the AFRL Maker Hub, the innovation makerspace for WPAFB.  Emily was formerly the Deputy Program Manager of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.  She has also managed programs in carbon nanotube wiring technologies and electronics reliability.  Her prior areas of research include nanofabrication techniques for optical devices, including thin film deposition and characterization, photolithography, nanoimprint lithography and inkjet printing.  She is also a founding member of Make It Dayton, a grassroots group of Makers supporting and growing the Maker Community in Dayton.


Dr. Sandra Specht, Chair, Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WiSTEM)

Bio: Sandra Specht is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Sinclair Community College teaching Genetics, Mammalian Cell Culture and Molecular Biology in the Biotechnology Program as well as serving as lead developer on several online lab based science courses.
She received a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan) and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Molecular Biology from Wright State University (Dayton, OH). Prior to teaching at Sinclair, she was an Associate Laboratory Director at the genetic testing company, Orchid Cellmark Inc., in their paternity testing division.
She currently is the Chair of Sinclair’s Women in Science Technology Engineering and Math Institute and serves on numerous committees including the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE ED) Conference Planning committee.  She has presented at national conferences most recently the 2016 Lily Conference (Traverse City, MI) and 2015 StemTech Conference (Phoenix, AZ) and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Ms. Jackie Janning-Lask, Engineering Director, Agile Combat Support, AFLCMC

Bio: Ms. Janning-Lask currently serves as the Director of Engineering, Agile Combat Support (ACS) Directorate, AFLCMC.  She has held numerous positions across the Air Force from early systems engineering and working in AFRL, to systems engineering and acquisition of major weapon systems.  She has also served at the MAJCOM level supporting AF policy and guidance. 


Dr. Patricia Ryan - Special Assistant to the Office of the Director NASA-Glenn Research Center

Bio: Ms. Ryan is currently serving as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Commander’s Representative to NASA Glenn Research Center. Ms. Ryan has twenty five years of experience improving radar systems and performance across DoD, NASA and FAA applications. Her expertise includes flight test planning and execution and data analysis/simulation for radar design trades. Ms. Ryan’s skills include high-fidelity multi-sensor signature modeling and validation and physics-based exploitation methods for Tri-service and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) applications. Her experience includes target and clutter modeling, radar data analysis, radar system and image modeling, measurement test support, and Computational Electromagnetic (CEM) Code Development and validation.  Ms. Ryan served on the NASA Ascent Debris Radar Working group that developed Radar Cross Section (RCS) based feature aided tracking for Ascent Debris.  From 2009 – 2016, she has served as the Nation Representative for radar focused NATO SET Panels.

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