Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:45am – 10:00am Strategy, Culture and Continuous Improvement Bryce Currie leads GE Aviation’s Global Quality, Compliance and Lean Six Sigma organization. This team is more important than ever as GE Aviation prepares for an unprecedented ramp in New Product Introduction and delivery. Bryce will discuss what the business is doing to drive strategy, culture, and continuous improvement in over 80 manufacturing sites and over 800 suppliers worldwide. Bryce Currie Senior Executive, Global Quality, Compliance and Lean Operations GE Aviation Bryce serves as the Global Operations Quality, Compliance and Lean Senior Executive for GE Aviation Supply Chain Division. In this role, Bryce is responsible for overseeing and improving quality for all engine and system products manufactured within GE Aviation, as well as compliance adherence and lean manufacturing. He has held the position since May 2014. GE Aviation supply chain has over 26,000 employees at over 80 sites and a supply base of over 5000 suppliers. Prior to joining GE Aviation Bryce worked for TRW Automotive from 1993-2014. His most recent position was Global Vice President – Quality, Program Management, VAVE and Business Excellence. He was responsible for the global quality and program management functions for TRW Automotive. Also responsible for the Business Excellence function, which assures all 140+ plants are using the TRW B2B manufacturing system. Responsible for VAVE, which is a group of 110+ engineers that redesign all products (Brakes, Airbags, Steering, Body Controls, etc.) to support the cost savings for the global purchasing. Thursday, October 29, 2015 9:00am – 10:00am Aerospace Quality Assurance for High Risk Research Payloads Scott Edward Darpel will discuss NASA’s processes and procedures key to securing the quality and reliability of high risk payloads in the extreme conditions of launch into outer space and in the unique environment of outer space itself. Scott Edward Darpel Chief Safety Officer, Reliability and Quality Division NASA GRC As the Chief Safety and Mission Assurance Officer (CSO) for NASA Glenn’s International Space Station research, Scott Darpel leads a diverse team of civil servants and contractors from various disciplines, including hardware and software quality assurance, reliability/maintainability, risk management, and system safety. Scott and his team perform the dual role of delivering direct safety and mission assurance products and support for in-house developments. They also provide insight and oversight of a more than $200 million prime contract through which Glenn develops additional experiments. Before his most recent appointment, Scott provided systems engineering support at Glenn, including fulfilling the External Interface Requirements Lead for NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle where he coordinated with programs at several NASA centers, and the Orion Prime Contractor, Lockheed Martin. Prior to joining NASA, Scott was the Program Manager for Research and Industrial Projects at Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering in Cleveland. In this role, Scott provided daily assistance with project management, grant/proposal development, interfacing with government and industry partners, and establishing high quality processes despite an ever-changing workforce that worked at multiple locations and on different schedules. The research centers that Scott provided assistance to serve customers such as DARPA, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory/Special Munitions, and NASA.
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