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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

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    David Cahill, Aerospace Testing Alliance

    David Cahill is currently employed by Aerospace Testing Alliance as an Engineer in the Flight Systems Department at Arnold AFB, TN. From 1975 to 1990 David was a project manager of over 20 customer and in-house transonic aerodynamic wind tunnel test programs involving various test articles. Since 1990, David’s primary responsibility has been the improvement of wind tunnel test techniques and data quality as well as providing support to customer wind tunnel testing. His efforts have included, tunnel calibration, internal balances, model attitude, data reduction, static tares, and the development and implementation of a comprehensive experimental uncertainty methodology. David received his B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida in 1975 and his M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Tennessee Space Institute in 1982. David is an AIAA Associate Fellow and the current chair of the AIAA Ground Test Technical Committee.

    Mark Melanson, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics 
    Mark Melanson is the Manager of Model Design and Test for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas. In this capacity, he leads a group of approximately 40 engineers responsible for the development of wind tunnel and radar cross section models and the planning and execution of wind tunnel tests for LM Aeronautics programs including F-16, F-22, and the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35). Mr. Melanson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (1979). Mark is an AIAA Associate Fellow, Deputy Director of Region IV, and former Chair of the Ground Test Technical Committee (GTTC). Mark also serves as the chair of the Wind Tunnel Users Working Group - US Industry and chairs the Lockheed Martin Wind Tunnel Test Focus group.

    Allen Arrington, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Allen Arrington manages the Mechanical Test Engineering Group for Sierra Lobo at the NASA Glenn Research Center. He leads a group of about 40 engineers who are tasked with planning and executing test and facility related projects in the ground testing facilities at NASA Glenn. In addition to his management duties, Mr. Arrington is also responsible for the aero-thermal calibration of the large wind tunnels, which cover and subsonic through supersonic operation. He is also very active in the AIAA having served as the chair of the Ground Testing Technical Committee and currently is the deputy director for fluid sciences in the Aerospace Sciences Group. Mr. Arrington earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University (1986 and 1988).