2016 Aeronautics Fair Keynote Speakers
Roy. S. Richardson
"Tuskegee Airman shares experiences about WWII's segregated Military"
A member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, Roy S. Richardson worked the flight line pre-flighting, taxiing, and performing aircraft maintenance during WWII. Mr. Richardson joined the United States Army Air Corp out of high school with the dream of becoming a member of the 766th Army Air Corp band. After basic training, he was assigned to the all black 332nd Fighter Wing at Lockbourne Air Base in Columbus, Ohio. He volunteered for a unit being formed as the 2221st Special Service Group, a popular USO Tour that entertained servicemen across the world. No one knows how many Tuskegee Airmen are still living. Their valor and success protecting the bombers on combat missions was instrumental to the integration of the United States Military. Mr. Richardson was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush and he now travels around NE Ohio teaching the history of the Tuskegee Airmen.
"My Personal Experiences in the Military and Beyond"
Commissioned as a USAF Second Lieutenant through Air Force ROTC from Montana State University, Ken Ramsay was a USAF Tactical Fighter Pilot of the F-100 Super Sabre. Between 1962-68 he was on armed alert during the Cuba Missile Crisis, armed nuclear alert overseas, and armed combat support in Vietnam. He's been an instructor pilot and trained Vietnamese and USAF pilot in the air-to-ground combat operations. He is a life member of MAPS Air Museum and completed a seven-year restoration of an F100D Super Sabre. He is currently restoring an A-26 Invader (WWII twin engine attack aircraft).
Dr. Yanhai Du
"New Uses for Fuel Cells"
Dr. Yanhai Du, Assistant Professor and Director of the Clean Energy Lab at Kent State University, is a material scientist and a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) expert. He has over twenty years of extensive R&D and manufacture experiences in SOFC technology and ceramics products, and ten years experience in academic settings. Before joining Kent State, Du was a Research Professor at University of South Carolina, where he led multi-year federal projects in the efforts to develop portable SOFC power systems using propane and JP-8. Du also served as Director of Fuel Cell Development at NanoDynamics, a private company focused on SOFCs and nano-materials commercialization. Du played a key role in the development of microtubular SOFC technology worldwide and was the first to transfer this technology from laboratory to mass production in 2000.
Susan M. Johnson
Susan M. Johnson, an Engineer Project Manager, employed at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Glenn Research Center, and is the Deputy Project Manager for the Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Project. Ms. Johnson attended Kent State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering Technology with minors in mathematics and physics. She also was awarded a Master of Science degree from the University of Toledo in Engineering Science, with mechanical engineering emphasis. She has been an aerospace project manager for more than 15 years managing diverse propulsion engine projects such as the Advanced Turboprop project and the hypersonic engine technology project. Besides being an AIAA member, she is also a member of the American Helicopter Society, Experimental Aircraft Association, National Free Flight Society and Academy of Model Aeronautics. She soloed on her 16th birthday and received her pilot’s license at age 17.
Brian Stofiel was always interested in space flight attending Space Camp twice and joined the US Air Force to become and an electronic Warfare Journeyman and onto Medical Imaging in the civilian world. Returning to college after a divorce to build an aerospace company Stofiel Aerospace recruited 5 US military veterans to help produce the first public product BOREAS. BOREAS is a balloon based launch system and is unique in the solid rocket only design. The balloon carries the rocket to the edge of the atmosphere where the rocket fire and carries a small satellite into Low Earth Orbit.