Dr. Edward M. "Ed" Kraft, a member of Senior Level, is chief technologist, Air Force Test Center, Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. He serves as the principal technical advisor to the commander and top technical expert for the Complex in testing of hardware in aerodynamic, propulsion, and space ground test facilities that simulate flight conditions; and in developing advanced test techniques, instrumentation, and facilities by exploiting current research and applying new technologies. He provides technical leadership in identifying future technical needs and innovative strategies to support advanced test facilities, systems and equipment.
Dr. Kraft is a recognized authority on the integration of modeling and simulation into test and evaluation processes. He is also a leader in the application of systems dynamics and lean thinking to enterprise processes.
Dr. Kraft received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati and received a Master and Doctor of Philosophy degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Kraft currently works in the federal civil service but held numerous technical and management positions in industry for over thirty-two years. Industry positions included vice president and chief technical officer of Allied Aerospace Industries, Inc.; executive vice president and chief operating officer and vice president for Enterprise Development, Micro Craft, Inc. and general manager, Micro Craft Technology. He is the author/co-author of 44 published papers.
1968 Bachelor of Science degree, aerospace engineering, University of Cincinnati
1972 Master of Science degree, aerospace engineering, University of Tennessee
1975 Doctor of Philosophy degree in aerospace engineering, University of Tennessee
1. June 1964 - September 1967, cooperative education student, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
2. June 1968 - October 1969, graduate research assistant, University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, Tenn.
3. September 1969 - June 1971, test project engineer, ARO Inc., Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.
4. June 1971 - June 1978, senior research engineer, Propulsion Wind Tunnel Facility, ARO Inc., Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.
5. June 1978 - January 1981, supervisor, Engine Test Facility Fluid Mechanics Section, ARO, Inc., Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.
6. January 1981 - December 1986, assistant manager, 4T Branch, Calspan Corporation, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.
7. December 1986 - September 1991, manager, Technology and Analysis Branch, Calspan Corporation, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.
8. September 1991 - October 1992, deputy director, Aerospace Systems Facility, Calspan Corporation, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.
9. October 1992 - November 1994, director of Technology and Development Facility, Calspan Corporation, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.
10. November 1994 - October 1995, general manager, Micro Craft Technology/AEDC Operations, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.
11. October 1995 - November 1996, vice president for Enterprise Development, Micro Craft, Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn.
12. November 1996 - January 2000, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Micro Craft, Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn.
13. January 2000 - August 2001, vice president and chief technical officer, Allied Aerospace Industries, Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn.
14. September 2001 - Present, Chief Technologist, Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
Engineering College Distinguished Alumnus - University of Cincinnati
Distinguished Alumnus - University of Tennessee Space Institute
Fellow - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Fellow - AEDC
General H.H. Arnold Award - AIAA Tennessee Section
Special Achievement Award - AIAA Tennessee Section
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
International Test and Evaluation Association
University of Tennessee of Space Institute Support Council
University of Cincinnati Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Advisory Council
Vanderbilt University Mechanical Engineering Department External Advisory Board
Air Force Academy Engineering Curriculum Advisory Panel
(Current as of April 2016)