Hall of Fame 2022
Aubrey T. Smith
Aubrey T (Tom) Smith began his career working on NASA satellites which formed the practical foundation for his career and subsequent transfer to the acquisition of major airborne weapon systems for the Navy. He was a pioneer in the evolution of analog systems to computer centric digital/software systems and became very experienced in systems acquisition, engineering, integration and standardization. He was the Program Manager for the Navy Standard Airborne Computer and the Chief Avionics Engineer for Naval Aviation. His portfolio covers several dozen weapon system variants. He is well known in the international community as he chaired two NATO committees on aviation systems where he led efforts across the alliance’s nations and he has provided numerous presentations internationally.
Tom is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has served a total of 14 years on the institute’s Board of Directors in two technical director positions and as Vice President-Finance, plus four years on the AIAA Foundation Board of Trustees.
He finished his government career as the Director of the DoD Tri-service Open Systems Joint Task Force in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. There he led efforts to promulgate open system concepts, principles and advantages across the services. He then established and has been President and CEO of an engineering consulting firm holding multiple contracts with the DoD and the Navy.
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