Tom Aldag serves as director of research and development for the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University. Tom oversees R&D programs, identifies opportunities for new programs and develops growth strategies. Aldag has 25 years of airframe structural design experience including 13 years focused on composite designs. Before joining NIAR in 2007, he worked for Cessna Aircraft Company for 16 years, where he was involved with the FAA certification of three new aircraft models and worked on numerous other models with Cessna’s advanced design team. Aldag also spent eight years at Beech Aircraft in engineering working extensively on design, structural certification, and manufacturing of composite structures. Aldag graduated from Wichita State University in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering. He is a commercial pilot and flight instructor.