The Aerospace Manufacturing Education NSF Project is guided by a team of academic and industry experts.


Their objectives are to develop and share innovative, practical, skill-based modules in aerospace manufacturing to be used for training and education.


David Gonzales, Principle Investigator

David Gonzales is the Director of the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) at El Camino College. As Principle Investigator for the Aerospace Manufacturing Education Initiative, he manages the daily operations of the project and is the primary between the team and National Science Foundation.


John Anderson, Co-Principle Investigator

John Anderson is an Associate Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology at the Oregon Institute of Technology. As Co-PI, he participated in the writing grant, assists with grant reporting, develops curricula and communicates with industry, educator s and trade groups to disseminate results of the project. Professor Anderson also conducted research with over 100 technicians and engineers on current industry practices and required skill sets.


Brad Harriger, Co-Principle Investigator

Brad Harriger is Lead Professor, Manufacturing Engineering Technology at Purdue University. As Co-PI, he develops curricula, supervises graduate students assigned to the project and coordinates with Purdue faculty and aerospace companies.


Marty Mechsner, Co-Principle Investigator

Marty has over 30 years of industry experience and is an SME Certified Manufacturing Engineer. Since joining the AME team in 2012, Marty has played a crucial role in module development. He also facilitates peer review of curricula by industry professionals.


Buford Pringle, Co-Principle Investigator

Buford Pringle is a Professor and Department Chair, Manufacturing Engineering Technology at Butler Community College. As a Co-PI, he participates in grant writing, assists with grant reporting, curricula development, and project dissemination and coordination with industry and trade groups.