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Engineer Design

Smyrna, Georgia, United States
April 29, 2019

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Aaron L. Harcrow, Jr

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Smyrna, GA 30080


To obtain a challenging and rewarding technical position with growth potential in which I may apply my extensive multidisciplinary skills in Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, Project Management, Mechanical Design, Product Development, aircraft systems studies, sizing, synthesis, performance, CAD/CAM/CNC, fabrication and manufacturing, test & evaluation, computer programming, math, science and engineering teaching.

Summary of Qualifications

Over 35 years experience in aircraft analysis, synthesis and sizing, and design, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) and design methods development,

Rapid prototyping and low cost manufacturing, direct milling of female molds with CNC milling machines,

Composite structure fabrication, wet lay-up with vacuum bagging, post curing,

Implementation of scientific and engineering solutions in multiple computer programming languages,

Principal Investigator (Project Manager & Researcher) on two SBIR Phase I contracts to DoD clients,

Fabrication of two sets of Vortex Control Eaglets ™ that were flight tested on general aviation aircraft,

Design for Manufacturing of Vortex Control Finlets™.

Engineering teaching: Engineering Graphics (AutoCAD & Inventor) at Georgia Tech; Statics, Dynamics & Aerodynamics at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU); Statics, at Mississippi State University.

Participated in four Wind Tunnel tests of proprietary aircraft models and devices


M.S. 2006, Georgia Institute of Technology, Aerospace Systems Design Lab, Graduate Research Assistant, team lead for several class projects, Design Of Experiments (DOE), Response Surface modeling, Probabilistic Design

B.S. 1982, Aerospace Engineering, Mississippi State University, GPA: 3.43,

Engineer in Training Certificate – 1983,

Graduate Courses at Mississippi State University, 1999 –2001, GPA 3.25,

Career Highlights

Complete multidisciplinary engineering support of air vehicle product research, development (CAD, CAE, CFD analysis, design, MDO, prototyping (CNC, 3D print & shop tools), ground test, marketeering.

Reviewed, researched and revised Delta Air Lines materials and processes specifications to ensure compliance with Rolls-Royce BR-715 engine maintenance, AMM’s, CMM’s, SPM’s and SOPM’s for Airbus, Boeing, Douglas, Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, CFMI.

Taught undergraduate classes in Statics, Dynamics, Aerodynamics & Engineering Graphics,

Design of aircraft interiors, prepared interior and mechanical systems reports to document compliance with FAA requirements leading to Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), used PLM & PDM software (ProFile)

Fabrication of two sets of Vortex Control Eaglets ™: 1st in fiberglass/epoxy/foam core composite structure, 2nd in specially formed and shaped, welded sheet metal,

SBIR Phase I Contracts:

Designed, fabricated & tested innovative computer controlled Constant Force sanding tool to precisely remove surface coatings, for U.S. Air Force,

Fabricated a polyurethane foam wing weighing 11.25 ounces that was statically loaded to 100 pounds without yielding, for low cost manufacturing of UAV’s for U.S. Navy,

Installed the NASA Overset CFD methodology, including a 72 core Microway cluster running OpenSUSE 11.3, compiled & installed Overflow, Chimera Grid Tools, Pegasus5, Fieldview, qsub job scripts and other supporting software,

Prepared and presented the Fault Tree analysis for the X-43A-LS and the LoFLYTE® III,

Prepared and presented the Flight Test Operations & Safety Report for the LoFLYTE® III UAV,

Provided full range of CAD, CAM and CNC services from design, to fabrication through milling and finishing of four composite flap molds (~20 ft2 each) for MSU/Raspet Flight Research Lab customer,

Led the Lockheed Martin MDO tasks in sizing, performance, optimization and sensitivity trade studies:

Advanced Manufacturing Processes contract to NASA Langley,

Box Wing Transport contract to NASA Langley,

Common Support Aircraft, IRAD project

New Strategic Aircraft, IRAD project

High Speed Research Program:

Prepared detailed mathematical and geometric modeling of candidate airplane configurations, executed aerodynamic prediction codes and analyzed results, trade studies of aircraft performance and sizing.

PI for Part Span Natural Laminar Flow Assessment contract to NASA Langley,

Developed original and innovative applications of numerical optimization techniques for wave drag minimization, advanced takeoff procedures and aircraft synthesis.

Team member and final Principal Investigator on Lockheed Martin IRAD project to develop proprietary aircraft design system, CAIDS (Conceptual Aircraft Integrated Design System); to provide sizing, synthesis, MDO and 3D parametric aircraft modeling. Provided Systems Analysis & Integration, software programming & system design across all technical disciplines involved in aircraft design.

Professional Experience

Feb. 2018 - March 2019, Commuter Craft LLC., Aircraft Design Engineer

July 2015 – Feb. 2018, Delta Global Staffing assigned to Delta Air Lines, Engineer III, Enabling Technologies

August 2013 – December 2014, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, Part-time Instructor

January 2013 – May 2014, Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, GA, Adjunct Faculty

October 2011 – July 2012, TIMCO Aerosystems, College Park, GA, Mechanical Designer II

August 2007 – July 2011, Consulting Aviation Services, Kennesaw, GA, Senior Aerospace Engineer

October 2003 – September 2009, Part time, non-contiguous, Hardy Manufacturing Co., Decatur, GA, Design & Manufacturing Engineer

May 2006 – December 2007, Millennium Dynamics Corporation, Acworth, GA, Senior Aerospace Engineer

August 2004 – May 2006, Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology, Graduate Research Assistant

July 2001 – May 2003, Accurate Automation Corporation, Chattanooga, TN, Senior Aerospace Engineer

January 1999 – June 2001, Research Engineer, Mississippi State University

July 1992 – January 1999 Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems (LMAS), Marietta, GA, Aircraft Design Engineer

July 1990 – July 1992, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company, Hampton, VA

November 1988 - June 1990, General Electric Consulting Company, Atlanta, GA

June 1982 – October 1988, Lockheed-Georgia Company, Marietta, GA

Technical Expertise

Computer PCs, UNIX/Linux workstations, Unix SysAdmin, MS Windows, MS Office Suite


Aerospace FLOPS, APAS, AWAVE, WDES2, XFOIL, Sub2D, PMARC, ParaView, GASP, Super GASP,

Software ASSET, ACSYNT, Beginner Overflow CFD, OpenFOAM CFD

CAD/CAM Fusion 360, Inventor, Rhino 3D, Mach3 CNC

Programming FORTRAN, MATLAB, C/C++, BASIC, MathCAD, Maple,

Languages UNIX shell programming, VBA/Excel

Shop CNC and manual vertical milling machines, lathe, machine shop tools, data acquisition hardware,

Equipment hand and power tools, forklift, composite structures molded fabrication


USPTO 9,765,525: Multiple Trough Gutter System With Integral Debris Blocker


Sigma Gamma Tau, National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society, 1981

Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society, 1981

Professional Societies

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), member since 1981;

Held all elected Officer positions for AIAA Atlanta, including Chairman, 1982-89; Judging Coordinator, Region II Student Conference. Chairman a second time 2018-2019.

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