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November 29, 2011—Mike Phillips was recently named as an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). AIAA is the principal society of aerospace engineers and scientists.
Phillips, a senior member of the SEI technical staff, has a long association with AIAA. It began with his undergraduate work at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he majored in astronautical engineering. During his Air Force career, his emphasis was on aeronautical elements, first as a pilot, then a test pilot, and finally, acquisition responsibility for the development of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.
At the SEI, Phillips led the CMMI Product Suite development through three upgrades, which incorporated additional capabilities that focus on system development, acquisition or sourcing, and effective delivery of these highly technical services. In addition, he has provided key analytical support to acquisition programs such as the F-22 Raptor, the B-1, the B-2, and the advanced extremely high frequency (AEHF) satellite program.
To be selected for the grade of AIAA associate fellow, an individual must be an AIAA senior member with at least 12 years professional experience, and be recommended by a minimum of three current associate fellows.
The 2012 associate fellows will be honored January 9, 2012, in conjunction with the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.