Dr. Edward M. “Ed” Kraft, a Senior Level executive, is Technical Adviser, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. He serves as the principal Technical Adviser to the Commander and is the top technical expert for the center in the testing of hardware in aerodynamic, propulsion and space ground test facilities that simulate flight conditions, as well as in developing advanced test techniques, instrumentation and facilities by exploiting current research and applying new technologies. He provides technical leadership in identifying future technical needs and innovative strategies to support advanced test facilities, systems and equipment.
Dr. Kraft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati and received a master’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy in aerospace engineering from the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining federal civil service, Dr. Kraft held numerous technical and management positions in industry over the last 32 years. His industry positions include Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Micro Craft, Inc., and Chief Technical Officer of Allied Aerospace Industries, Inc. He is the author and co-author of 44 published papers.
1968 Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
1972 Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1975 Doctor of Philosophy in aerospace engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1. June 1964 – September 1967, cooperative education student, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
2. June 1968 – October 1969, graduate research assistant, University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, Tenn.
3. September 1969 – June 1971, test project engineer, Arnold Research Organization Inc., Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.
4. June 1971 – June 1978, senior research engineer, Propulsion Wind Tunnel Facility, ARO Inc., Arnold AFB, Tenn.
5. June 1978 – January 1981, supervisor, Engine Test Facility Fluid Mechanics Section, ARO, Inc., Arnold AFB, Tenn.
6. January 1981 – January 1987, assistant manager, 4-Foot Transonic Wind Tunnel Branch, Calspan Corporation, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
7. January 1987 – September 1991, Manager, Technology and Analysis Branch, Calspan Corporation, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
8. September 1991 – October 1992, Deputy Director, Aerospace Systems Facility, Calspan Corporation, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
9. October 1992 – November 1994, Director, Technology and Development Facility, Calspan Corporation, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
10. November 1994 – October 1995, General Manager, Micro Craft Technology, Arnold Engineering Development Center Operations, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
11. October 1995 – November 1996, Vice President for Enterprise Development, Micro Craft, Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn.
12. November 1996 – January 2000, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Micro Craft, Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn.
13. January 2000 – August 2001, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Allied Aerospace Industries, Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn.
14. September 2001 – present, Technical Adviser, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Distinguished Alumnus, University of Cincinnati – Engineering College
Distinguished Alumnus, University of Tennessee Space Institute
Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
General H.H. Arnold Award, AIAA - Tennessee Section
Special Achievement Award, AIAA - Tennessee Section
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
International Test and Evaluation Association
National Management Association
NATO Advisory Group for Aeronautics Research and Development
U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Quick Study Team
University of Tennessee Space Institute Support Council, Space Institute Alumni Council and National Alumni Association
University of Cincinnati Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Advisory Council
Vanderbilt University Mechanical Engineering Department External Advisory Board
(Current as of March 2005)