Dr. Gerry Graves is a Sr. Principal Engineer with Advanced Technology International. He has more than 35 years of experience in engineering, research, and technical program management. His technical expertise includes computer integrated manufacturing technologies, systems engineering, and computer system architectures and software. His current assignment is Managing Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Vertical Lift Consortium, as a part of ATI’s role as the Consortium Administrative Organization. Dr. Graves is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the VLC, including serving as the interface between the VLC and its customers, and managing the Corporation’s financial and accounting processes. With over 160 member organizations representing the full spectrum of the defense aviation industry and leading universities, the VLC provides unparalleled collective experience and capabilities to join with the Government in advancing defense aviation. Previously, Gerry served as Program Manager for numerous consortium-based R&D projects for a variety of government agencies. Prior to joining ATI, Dr. Graves was a tenured faculty and held positions with several Universities. Dr. Graves received Industrial Engineering degrees from the University of Arkansas, and the Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. He served for five years as an F-14 Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy.