Keith E. Numbers, a Senior Level Executive, is Technical Advisor for Propulsion, Engineering Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright–Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The directorate provides leadership and support at senior government and industry levels in aerodynamic and structural design, propulsion safety, durability and engine certification.
Dr. Numbers has over 35 years of U.S. government experience in leading and executing propulsion system technology and propulsion system development planning across a broad range of speed regimes and applications. Formally trained in propulsion and aerodynamics, he has applied advanced computational methods and participated in experimental investigations for performance and operability of integrated air–breathing propulsion concepts, including turbine engines, scramjets and combined cycles. Dr. Numbers has served as lead engineer for high–speed combined cycle technology programs and lead weapon system integrator for adaptive engine technology programs. Dr. Numbers has led multi–directorate teams in planning and executing technology maturation for strike and air superiority applications and has supported corresponding propulsion development planning efforts including performance, cost and schedule projections.
1987 Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
1990 Master of Science, Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
1992 Doctor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
2009 Air War College, Distance Learning Program, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1987—1996, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Propulsion Integration Branch, GS–0861–12 to 14, Wright–Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
1997—1998, Team Lead, Airframe Propulsion & Weapons Integration Branch, GS–0861–DR III, Wright–Patterson AFB, Ohio
1998—1999, Technical Advisor, Integration and Demonstration Branch, GS–0861–DR III, Wright–Patterson AFB, Ohio
1999—2008, Lead, Long Range Strike Technology, Air Vehicles Directorate, GS–0861–DR IV, Wright–Patterson AFB, Ohio
2008—2009, Chief Engineer, Blackswift Program Office, Air Vehicles Directorate, GS–0861–DR IV, Wright–Patterson AFB, Ohio
2009—present, Weapon System Integration Lead, Turbine Engine Division, GS–0861–DR IV, Wright–Patterson AFB, Ohio
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
U.S. Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service
Director’s Award, Non–Supervisory S&E of the Year, Flight Dynamics Directorate
Ohio Edison Emerging Technology Award
Systems Planning Research, Development, and Engineering – Level III
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Senior Leader Aug. 4, 2019
(Current as of May 2020)