Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)

The OAI is the face and catalyst for Ohio's large Aerospace Industry. Dr. Heil and staff discuss the mission and working of the OAI, and its research, educational and commercialization role it plays with Ohio's Aerospace contractors, research organizations and research universities.

About the Ohio Aerospace Institute: Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) was founded in 1989. Its mission is to enhance its partners' aerospace competitiveness through research and technology development, workforce preparedness, and engagement with global networks for innovation and advocacy.

OAI is a joint initiative of the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the State of Ohio, ten Ohio public and private universities granting doctoral degrees in aerospace-related engineering disciplines, and numerous companies engaged in aerospace activities. OAI is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit organization.

Ohio Aerospace Institute website: http://www.oai.org/

About The Presenter:
Dr. Michael Heil, President, Ms. Ann Heyward, VP and other staff at the OAI


Dr. Heil was appointed in January 2007 to oversee and lead the OAI strategic initiatives, as well as serve as ambassador for the organization's economic development efforts. Previous to OAI, Dr. Heil had a long and distinguished military career and most previously served as Director, Center for Space Studies and Research at the Air Force Institute of Technology. His experiences include serving as Director of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Propulsion Directorate with responsibilities for propulsion and power research facilities both at Wright-Patterson and Edwards Air Force Bases. He oversaw facilities valued at more than $2.1 billion, while leading the efforts of more than 1,000 scientists, engineers and staff. His responsibilities included ensuring the directorate's $300 million annual budget produced cutting edge technology results for the Air Force and the nation.

A distinguished engineering graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy, class of 1975, Dr. Heil was commissioned and immediately pursued his master's degree in flight structures at Columbia University on a Guggenheim Fellowship. He received a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1986. His service to the nation includes engineering duties on the F-15 and program management on the C-17 and Advanced Cruise Missile. Dr. Heil held the positions of Deputy Director of the Astronautics Laboratory, Commander of the Phillips Laboratory and Arnold Engineering Development Center, Commandant of the Air Force Institute of Technology, and Special Assistant to the Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory. He has served in two Air Force acquisition centers, four defense laboratories, a test center, a major command staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the faculties of the Air Force Academy and Air Force Institute of Technology.

Ms. Heyward has led all of OAI's sponsored research and education and training activities since September, 2000. She also leads multi-organizational research & technology partnerships, manages OAI's Industry Membership program, conducts a variety of technology commercialization and development service offerings, and creates networking and exchange opportunities.

Prior to joining OAI, Ms. Heyward was the Industrial Outreach Manager for the National Center for Microgravity Research in Fluids and Combustion. Prior to joining NCMR, she served in multiple capacities for over 12 years at the NASA Glenn Research Center, including Chief of the Commercial Technology Office; Customer Focal Point for the Research and Technology Directorate; and Communications Systems Engineer in the Space Communications Division, including serving as a U.S. Delegate to the 1992 World Administrative Radio Conference. Prior to joining NASA, Ms. Heyward was a Software Engineer with Analex Corporation. She chairs the F.I.R.S.T. Buckeye Regional Robotics Competition Planning Committee and has held positions ranging from Program Chair to President of the Glenn on-site contractors' association, CAPRA.