Robert J. May Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director, Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As the center's senior civilian, he assists the ASC Commander and Program Executive Officer for Aircraft Procurement and Modernization in leading the Air Force's center of excellence for development and acquisition of aeronautical systems. The center manages more than 450 Air Force, joint and international aircraft and acquisition programs and related projects, executes an annual budget of $27 billion, and employs a work force of nearly 11,000 people located at Wright-Patterson AFB and 38 other locations worldwide.
Mr. May began his career in 1969 as a second lieutenant assigned to Aeronautical Systems Division where he worked in the Turbine Engine Division of the Aero Propulsion Laboratory. After completing his service commitment and graduate school, he returned to the laboratory in 1975 as a research engineer in the Turbine Engine Division and as a member of federal civil service. He has held positions in acquisition management as Manager of Engine Development for the Advanced Tactical Fighter (F-22); as Director of Planning Strategy in the Office of the Deputy for Development Planning at Aeronautical Systems Division; and as Director of the Life Support Program Office with the Human Systems Center. Mr. May has also held staff positions at Headquarters Air Force Systems Command and at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. From 1994 to 2000, he served as the Product Group Manager for Propulsion Systems. In this position he was responsible for developing, acquiring and sustaining most of the propulsion systems in the Air Force inventory.
Prior to his current assignment, Mr. May was Executive Director of Air Force Research Laboratory, responsible for executing the Air Force's entire $1.7 billion science and technology program. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in June 1994.
1968 Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, University of Notre Dame
1974 Master of Science degree in engineering, Purdue University
1978 Master of Arts degree in business management, Central Michigan University
1986 Master of Science degree in business management, Stanford University
1990 Program Manager's Course, Defense Systems Management College
1992 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1998 Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard University
1. February 1969 - August 1973, research engineer, Turbine Engine Division, Aero Propulsion Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. August 1973 - January 1975, research assistant, Thermal Science and Propulsion Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
3. January 1975 - June 1981, research engineer, Turbine Engine Division, Aero Propulsion Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. June 1981 - June 1985, Manager of Engine Development for the Advanced Tactical Fighter (F-22), Office of the Deputy for Propulsion, Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. June 1985 - July 1986, student, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.
6. July 1986 - September 1986, technical expert, Propulsion Directorate, Office of the Deputy for Engineering, Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. September 1986 - August 1988, Director of Planning Strategy, Office of the Deputy for Development Planning, Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. August 1988 - March 1991, Director, Life Support Program Office, Human Protection Systems Division, Human Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
9. March 1991 - August 1992, special assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Systems Center, Andrews AFB, Md.
10. August 1992 - June 1994, special assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
11. June 1994 - May 2000, Product Group Manager for Propulsion Systems, San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly AFB, Texas
12. May 2000 - August 2003, Executive Director, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
13. September 2003 - present, Executive Director, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Certificates of merit (2), Air Force Systems Command
Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award
Outstanding Mechanical Engineer, Purdue University
Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service (2)
Engineering Career Achievement Award, University of Notre Dame
Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award
Published 17 technical papers
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Board of Trustees, CityWide Development Corporation Board
Board of Trustees, Wright Brothers Institute
Board of Trustees, Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute
Board of Trustees, National Composite Center
Board of Trustees, Miami Valley Research Foundation
Board of Trustees, Dayton Development Coalition
Board of Trustees, Aviation Heritage Foundation
Board of Trustees, Dayton Chapter, National Defense Industry Association
Board of Trustees, Wright Memorial Chapter, Air Force Association
Program Management, Level III
Systems Planning Development and Engineering, Level III
(Current as of July 2007)