Theodore G. Fecke, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Technical Adviser, Propulsion, Engineering Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The directorate provides leadership and support at senior government and industry levels in structural and aerodynamic design, propulsion safety, durability and engine certification.
Mr. Fecke has more than 27 years of experience developing, promoting and applying advance materials, life prediction and structural integrity design methods to aircraft engines. He has also led teams of engineers and scientists in solving critical problems that have ensured the safety of turbine engines, and is recognized as a leader for his structural integrity expertise in the areas of advanced materials, high cycle fatigue, probabilistic design and life protection. In his career, Mr. Fecke has provided technical support to many Department of Defense weapon systems programs, and he has helped pioneer the insertion of multiple engine company's designs into a common engine accelerating technology evaluation of component and engine structural assessment research.
Mr. Fecke has chaired numerous conferences that highlight advances in turbine engine structural integrity technology. He has also written papers and technical chapters that address the development and application of advance materials, life prediction and structural integrity concepts.
1977 Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, University of Dayton, Ohio
1984 Master of Material Science degree, University of Dayton, Ohio
1. 1978 - 1981, project engineer, Structures Branch, Air Force Propulsion Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. 1981 - 1991, group leader, Advanced Materials and Life Prediction, Structures Branch, Air Force Propulsion Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. 1991 - 1993, Chief Engineer, Components Branch, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. 1993 - 2002, Chief, Components Branch, Propulsion Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. 2002 - 2003, Chief Engineer, Turbine Engine Division, Propulsion Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. 2003 - 2004, Associate Director, Aircraft Systems, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
7. 2004 - present, Technical Adviser, Propulsion, Engineering Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
1984, 1988 and 1990 System Support for the Year, Turbine Engine Division
1997 Wright Laboratory Commander's Award, "Air Force High Cycle Fatigue Science and Technology Program Team"
2000 International Distinguished Probabilistic Methods Support Award, Society of Automotive Engineering
Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2003 Exemplary Civilian Service Award
2008 Meritorious Achievement with Zero Engine-Related Loss of Aircraft
2009 Meritorious Professional Presidential Rank Award
1986 Aero Propulsion Laboratory Career Enhancement Program
1989 Guest lecturer at the B.H. Goethert Short Course on Aeropropulsion, Tennessee Space Institute
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Society of Automotive Engineers - Aerospace
International Gas Turbine Institute
American Helicopter Society
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
(Current as of January 2010)