2023-2024 SAWE International Election Results!

 

2023-2024 New Officers for International Offices


President

Robert J. Hundl

Robert J. Hundl

Candidate Experience:

After graduating in 1989 from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, I took a job at Rockwell Space Systems Division in Houston, Texas working in the Space Shuttle Program’s Mass Properties Integration group. During this time, I worked with payload customers on our mass properties requirements and with our internal hardware design/integration group – integrating the required payload services into the vehicle.

Leaving the Aerospace Industry from 1995 to 2002, I worked in manufacturing, product management, and information technology while at PI Components Corp (subsidiary of Emerson) specializing in ancillary pressure instrumentation components.

In 2002, I went back to the Aerospace Industry working for Boeing on the Space Shuttle Program as the Space Shuttle Orbiter Mass Properties Sub-System Manager (SSM).  Being an SSM required certification by NASA, United Space Alliance, and Boeing as the designated “Expert” in one of 63 unique fields for the Space Shuttle.  After the shuttle was retired from service, I was able to continue working on the shuttle program with a small team of people charged with putting the vehicles into museums.  In the last couple of years of the shuttle program, I also began to work on the Boeing Space Capsule program (CST-100) and set many of the mass properties requirements for the program and weighing system.  Additionally, while at Boeing I co-chaired the Enterprise-wide Mass Properties Functional Skill team – looking at mass properties tools, processes, and training across all the Boeing sites (both Commercial and Defense/Space related). 

In 2013, I left the Aerospace industry for the Energy/Chemicals Engineering Construction industry by joining Fluor working as a Weights Manager for On-Shore Modular and Offshore Projects.  Fluor - Sugarland is my home office, but I spent a couple of years working in our UK Farnborough office leading the weight group on a very large joint venture project with one of our competitors.  I have also travelled and worked temporarily from our Canadian (Calgary), Indian (New Delhi), and Philippian (Manila) offices.  I developed many utility tools that are used for weight data collecting, compiling, and reporting.  I became a Fluor designated Fellow (World Subject Matter Expert) in 2019.  As a Fluor Fellow, I am called on to review and setup other projects’ weight programs from local and international offices.  I also support other Fluor business lines if a weight related question arises on their projects. 

I represent Fluor as a member of the Process Industries Practices (PIP) Civil, Structures, Architectural (CSA) Task Team #3.  PIP is a consortium of multiple companies in the process industries who work to develop and improve industry standards.  As part of this team, I am the author of a chapter in the guidance document that we are developing (the chapter was presented to SAWE last year as a technical paper).  I am also writing three specifications related to weight management for On-Shore modular construction. 

Candidate Society Activities:

I first joined SAWE in 1992 as a member at large.  I wrote my first SAWE paper related to the Space Shuttle in 1994 while working for Rockwell SSD.  In 2003, I was a founding member of the Houston chapter and have served as Director, President, and Vice President (multiple times since).  In the early 2000s at the international level, I became active on the Missiles and Space Technical / SnP committees and served several years as a co-chair (the committee has gone through several name changes over the years). I served two years as Vice President Technical Director (2010, 2011) and two years as the Executive Vice President (2016, 2017).  I was elected a SAWE Fellow (2011) and a SAWE Honorary Fellow (2018).  I was the Chairman for our Regional SAWE Conference held at the TAMU Galveston Campus in 2014.  While working for Fluor, I have written four papers on various aspects of weight management for modular construction projects (my last paper SAWE 3745 received the Mike Hackney Best Paper Award at the 2022 Conference).  Currently, I am a co-chairman for the Standards and Practices Offshore committee, the Chapter Projects coordinator for the SAWE Executive Vice President, and chairman for the Awards committee.

Platform:

I would like to continue the efforts of the prior administrations to try and reinvigorate the membership at the chapter levels to help strengthen this key foundation of our society.  I will work with the leadership team to build and support our purpose statement – summarized as follows:  Promote, Identify/Recognize, Share, Exposure, Collaborate, Train, Mentor, Create, and Network.

 


Executive Vice President

Jason Booth

Jason Booth

Candidate Experience:

For the past 17 years, I’ve been a Mass Properties Engineer at the Everett, Washington offices of The Boeing Company. After earning my Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, with a minor in General Mathematics, from Western Michigan University in 2004, I joined Boeing focused on the 747-8F/-8 program.  At Boeing, I have spent the bulk of my career primarily as a structures weight control for fuselage production programs across all Boeing wide body commercial aircraft. 

Recently I began working on our Mass Properties Statement of Work as I continue to evolve as a weight engineering leader at The Boeing Company.  Right now, I am the subject matter expert for our incoming newly hired employees, serving as a mentor and providing guidance regarding mass properties topics. 

Finally, I have begun training to become the Weight Engineering, Engineering Unit-Member (E-UM), focused specifically on our Weight Engineering Certification Statement of Work.

Candidate Society Activities:

  • 2015 - Present: SAWE Member
  • 2021: SAWE President's Award      
    • For significant effort towards reinvigorating the SAWE Seattle Chapter and its membership
  • 2019-2021: SAWE Seattle Chapter President
  • 2021-Current: SAWE Seattle Chapter Director
  • Member of Standards and Practice Committee
    • Member of Civil Aircraft Industry Committee
    • Member of Military Aircraft Industry Committee
    • Contributed to the development of A-4 Recommended Practice (Standard Passenger & Baggage Standard Weights)
  • Member of Academic Committee
    • Judge student papers prior to international conferences

 

Platform:

Ensuring we have skill developments and properly trained engineers is important to me. As an Executive Vice-President for SAWE, I will work with leadership and members to ensure we have the appropriate training and tools in place to develop newly hired engineers and help them understand the criticality of the Mass Properties discipline. I’ll, as Executive Vice-President, will fulfill the duties as defined by SAWE constitution and support SAWE leadership to carry out SAWE mission.

     


    Senior Vice President

    Christopher Wandell

    Christopher Wandell

    Candidate Experience:

    As most engineers I started my career in another discipline, Electrical and Structural Engineering for Florida’s power grid.  I was responsible for structural integrity, proper NESC compliance, and third-party attachment permits on both distribution and transmission lines.  I did this for two years while finishing my Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2015.

    Upon graduating, I moved to Texas and began working for Lockheed Martin.  I was hired on for the F-35 Program as a Mass Properties Engineer, where I had the opportunity to work propulsion, weapons integration, Operational Weight & Balance, and eventually tool development.  Within a few years I transitioned to the Skunk Works division where I was involved in multiple closed programs.  The scope of this work was preliminary design oriented, supporting activities such as parametric methods refinement and mass properties estimation.

    In 2019 I decided to move closer to family and accepted a position at Northrop Grumman supporting the B-21 program.  Alongside of B-21, I designed and implemented an enterprise mass properties database with 3 colleagues.  Since then, MAPNG (Mass Accounting Program Northrop Grumman) has grown to support 4 programs across the Northrop Grumman Enterprise, where I serve as the Product Owner and Lead Developer.

    Candidate Society Activities:

    • SAWE Member since 2015 where I currently serve as the Treasurer of the Space Coast Chapter
    • Transportation Chair for the 77th International Conference
    • Co-Chair of the soon to be 82nd International Conference

    Platform:

    With an interest in technology, I would like the opportunity to support the international organization through tools and automation, so we as engineers can spend more time doing what we love.  Pondering the possible.  Much of upper management’s perception across the industry is that Mass Properties Engineers are complicated accountants.  I stipulate that when freed up from the data, we offer a much broader value to an engineering organization.

    May 1, 2023

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