Session Keynote Speakers

Brought to you by United Technologies Corporation
March 29, 2017, 6 - 8 p.m.

Henry Brooks is the President of Interiors, Actuation & Propeller Systems at UTC Aerospace Systems, a part of United Technologies Corporation. He has held this position since September 2016. He previously served as President and Senior Vice President of the Interiors business for UTC Aerospace Systems from January 2015 to September 2016.

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Interiors, Actuation & Propeller Systems is a portfolio business focused on crew and passenger safety, enhanced cabin experience and efficient payload transport. Products include actuation systems, aircraft ejection systems, cabin attendant seats, executive passenger seats, pilot seats, interior and exterior lighting solutions, propellers, veneers, evacuation systems and cargo systems. Interiors, Actuation & Propeller Systems has facilities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy and Morocco.

Prior to joining the Interiors, Actuation & Propeller Systems and Interiors businesses, Brooks served as Vice President, Operations & Supply Chain, for the Aircraft Systems segment of UTC Aerospace Systems and as Vice President, Manufacturing, for the Power, Controls & Sensing Systems segment.

Brooks joined Sundstrand Corporation, which was later merged with Hamilton Standard creating Hamilton Sundstrand, a part of United Technologies Corporation, in 1985 as an engineer in aerospace operations and held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Engineering, Operations, program management and general management. Brooks served as President of Sullair Corporation at Hamilton Sundstrand from 2006 through 2012, where he ultimately led its divestiture and placed it with private equity.

Brooks holds an MBA from Northeastern University, and a bachelor of science in engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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Brought to you by Chevron Corporation
March 30, 2017, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Bruce Chinn is general manager of the Pascagoula Refinery, a position he has held since 2014. He is responsible for the safe and reliable operations of Chevron’s largest wholly-owned and operated refinery.

Previously Chinn served as deputy upgrader manager for the Petropriar facility in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela and operations manager of Chevron’s Richmond, Calif., refinery. He joined Chevron in 2006 as the general manager of reliability for Chevron’s Manufacturing organization, based in San Ramon, Calif.

Chinn began his career at DuPont and held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, technical, and business analysis and planning. His assignments while at DuPont took him to Texas, Delaware and Switzerland. He also worked as a safety and management consultant.

Chinn is active in the communities in which he has lived and worked, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Energy Institute, the Gulf Coast Business Council, and the Jackson County (Miss.) Economic Development Foundation.

Chinn is a native of Edna, Texas. In 1979, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.

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​Brought to you by Northrop Grumman Corporation
March 31, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Imes is responsible for strategic activities as related to diversity across multiple business locations nationwide. He’s also responsible for cross-functional collaboration with senior leaders to meet emerging business needs.

Previously, Mr. Imes was responsible for implementing a multi-million dollar corporate citizenship strategy and plan across 14 locations. He has also supported programs across the ES technology centres EO/IR, Cyber Warfare, Science & Technology and Advanced Technology.

In early 2000 he was selected amongst high potential candidates as the Special Assistant to the Corporate Vice President and President of Electronic Systems.

Mr. Imes has held several engineering positions of functional engineering and program management responsibility. Mr. Imes’ technical expertise in avionics systems contributed to the establishment and training of European and Pacific Rim subsidiaries. Ted joined the Warner Robins Georgia Regional Service Center as a Marketing Engineer, establishing $1M in new business in the region.

He then completed a two-year international assignment in Asia with the Royal Malaysian Air Force HAWK Fighter Program.

Mr. Imes has managed international subcontract programs in five countries, across two continents. He was also an associate program manager for avionics programs with Egypt, Turkey, Korea, and Singapore.

He is a member of the Electronic Systems Executive Council. He was the former Program Leader and Group Leader for the High-School Involvement Partnership (HIP) Program. He participates in the annual Discover ‘E’ (Engineering) Program, visiting inner city schools to speak about engineering careers.

Mr. Imes is a graduate of Catonsville Community College (A.A.), Loyola College (B.S.) and the Johns Hopkins University Master of Science (MS) Technical Management Program. He has attended the Anderson School of Executive Education at UCLA, and The General Manager Program at Harvard University. He currently serves on the board of directors for Center Stage, Maryland’s State Theatre.

He is a certified Executive Coach, and a Leadership Maryland 2010 Fellow. He is an FBI Citizens Academy 2011 Fellow, and the recipient of the 2006 Black Engineer of the Year Alumni of the Year Award.

Mr. Imes is a former appointee to the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland. A native of Baltimore, Mr. Imes is married and resides with his wife, Joanne.

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​Brought to you by Air Force STEM
April 1, 2017, ​10​-​11​:30 a.m.

Gen. Darren W. McDew is the commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense.

General McDew was commissioned in 1982 following his graduation from Virginia Military Institute. He began his flying career at Loring AFB, Maine. His staff assignments include serving as a member of the Air Force Chief of Staff Operations Group, Air Force aide to the President, chief of the Air Force Senate Liaison Division and the director of Air Force Public Affairs. General McDew served as vice director for strategic plans and policy for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He also served as the commander of 18th Air Force, Scott AFB, and commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels as well as at an Air Force direct reporting unit. He deployed in support of ongoing operations in Central and Southwest Asia as an air expeditionary group commander and later as the director of mobility forces. Prior to his current assignment, General McDew was the commander of Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB.

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