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Bio for Don Forest


Don Forest joined the Aerospace Industries Association as Chief Operating Officer in March of 2008. He is responsible for coordinating day-to-day program and policy functions; directing membership recruitment and retention; overseeing implementation of the associationís Strategic Plan; and supporting the Executive Committee and Board of Governors. Forest also serves as President of the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT), a non-profit research and education foundation affiliated with AIA.

Most recently, Forest assisted a number of multinational corporations, associations and other organizations to achieve their business objectives in East Asia. Forest was vice president and chief representative of Citigroup CitiInsurance in China from 2001 through 2005, where he developed and executed a market entry strategy for the company. From 1999 to 2001, he worked in a similar capacity for Aetna International.

From 1984 to 1999, Forest served with the Commerce Departmentís International Trade Administration. As commerce director for China and Hong Kong and as counselor and executive assistant to the under secretary for International Trade, he was instrumental in advancing U.S. trade interests for manufacturers and service providers alike and coordinating the overall operations of ITA. ITA is Americaís key trade promotion agency with a staff of 2,200 and a $400 million budget.

Forest has been a strong supporter of U.S. industry associations globally and has held leadership positions with the American Chamber of Commerce in China, including co-chairman of its Public Policy Development Committee.

A former presidential management intern, Forest earned a masterís degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelorís degree from Clark University in Massachusetts.

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Bio for Mark Gordon, Director of Education & IPPD Programs

Mark Gordon joined NCAT in 1996 as manager of IPPD Programs, and is currently Director, Education and Research Programs. Mr. Gordon serves as the senior program manager for affordability, manufacturing, and multimedia training areas. He sits on the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel as the Industry representative and is leader of the joint DoD-Industry Evolutionary Acquisition Training Team. Mr. Gordon acts as primary industry liaison for strategic planning initiatives involving technology transition mechanisms within DoD. He also heads the Evolutionary Acquisition Training Team at NCAT, which provides industry liaison with DoD technical and policy groups.

Mr. Gordon is currently working new projects in sustainment, simulation-based design, and technology transition maturity as well as evolutionary acquisition principles and practices. He has previous experience as project manager for training with the US Navy Acquisition Reform Office; a three-day course developed for DoD program managers in both Acquisition and Science and Technology communities. This course, and a one-day executive awareness workshop, have been adopted for Navy IPPD training and are under review for several other government agencies. Mr. Gordon also directed the development of a twelve-hour interactive video series on IPPD.

Prior to joining NCAT, Mr. Gordon worked at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Research Engineer and instructor for several subjects, including Concurrent Engineering, Rotorcraft Design, and Quality Engineering Tools. He had been involved in systems integration of autonomous aerial vehicles for eight years, leading a team to a first place finish at the AUVS Aerial Robotics Challenge in 1992. He then became the leader for applying the IPPD methodology to the design and development of an Autonomous Helicopter for the US Army from 1993 through 1996. Mr. Gordon's activities at Georgia Tech included the development of a new curriculum for involving multi-disciplinary students in practical engineering projects, through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Mr. Gordon received his bachelor's degree from University of Rochester in Mechanical Engineering, a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and is currently working on his doctoral thesis in Aerospace Systems Design. He has worked within the Sikorsky Aircraft Advanced Design Department, the sonar noise testing area at Booz Allen & Hamilton, and began his engineering career at a U.S. Navy R&D Center.

Mr. Gordon is an author of many papers dealing with Rotorcraft Design, Complex Systems Integration using Concurrent Engineering, and Application of Integrated Product and Process Development using both management and technical tools.
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