Aerospace Engineering School Advisory Council Welcomes 4 New Members

Aerospace Engineering School Advisory Council Welcomes 4 New Members
Longtime AESAC member Dr. Raj Shenoy retires

The advisory group that convenes each year to guide the AE School, has recruited four new members to make up for the loss of longtime friend (and alumnus) Dr. Raj Shenoy

The Daniel Guggenheim School at Georgia Tech is proud to announce the election of four aerospace engineering professionals to its School Advisory Council (AESAC): Nick Lappos, Thomas W. Prete, Alton Romig, and Rafael Spears.

All four will be officially installed when AESAC next convenes at the School, September 8.

Nick Lappos
Nick Lappos

“This is, indeed, a proud moment for the School,” said William R. T. Oakes Professor and School Chair, Vigor Yang. “With the infusion of such experienced and visionary professionals, AESAC will be ready for the work ahead. Progress in this field never slows down to accommodate our busy schedules."

A 1973 AE graduate, Nick Lappos comes to the council from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, where he currently serves as a senior technical fellow, responsible for introducing advanced technologies into new and existing products. He has also served as a senior vice president of Bell Helicopter XworX and as a vice president at Gulflstream Aerospace Corp.

Raj Shenoy

Lappos’s colleague at Sikorsky, Dr. Raj Shenoy, retired from AESAC this past year, after serving for eight years.

Thomas prete
Thomas Prete

Thomas Prete is currently the vice president for engineering at Pratt & Whitney. He has held many roles since joining that company in 1988, including chief engineer for operational military engines, director for global services engineering and chief engineer of hot section engineering.


Alton Romig

The former vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, Alton Romig currently serves as the executive officer for the National Academy of Engineering, a Congressionally chartered advisory group to the federal government.

Rafael Spears brings more than 26 years of aerospace and defense experience to AESAC. He

Rafael Spears

currently serves as the chief operating officer at Alpha Research and Technology an industry-leading provider of hardware and software for DoD C4ISR platforms and other defense agency situational awareness programs. Prior to joining Alpha Research and Technology Spears held senior executive roles for various divisions of L-3 Communications Inc.

The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering AESAC is a standing committee of professionals, academics, and retired government leaders who donate their time and expertise to the guidance of the School's mission. Among its members is former AE School Chair, Dr. Robert Loewy, who led AE 1993 until 2008.

Meet the entire AESAC.



Name: 08-30boardmembers4.jpg
153.55 KB