Conference on Avionics Education to Be Held at College

Published 07.28.2005


Tom F. GregoryThe Association for Avionics Education will hold its 2005 conference at Pennsylvania College of Technology from Oct. 27-28.

"The AAE conference is the only forum where those who teach avionics and related subjects can communicate, publish and present," noted Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of avionics at Penn College. "Aviation electronics professors from across North America will use the conference and its related publications to keep abreast of changes in the avionics industry."

Topics will include distance-learning opportunities, industrial partnerships, advanced avionics systems and educational assessment. In addition, attendees will tour Penn College's Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville, Textron Lycoming in Williamsport and L-3 Communication's Electron Devices plant in Loyalsock Township.

Thomas D. InmanThe keynote speaker for the Thursday banquet, to be held in the college's Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, will be Tom F. Gregory, the college's dean of construction and design technologies.

Gregory graduated from Elmira College with a degree in mathematics/physics, and − prior to joining the Penn College electrical faculty in 1991 − worked in various capacities for the Westinghouse Industrial and Government Tube Division, Anchor/Darling Valve Co. and Litton Electron Devices.

Gregory designed and developed magnetrons for a variety of commercial and military applications, including one of the first high-power injection-locked magnetron systems, and was awarded a patent for an electromechanical tuning mechanism for a cavity magnetron.

Inman is a past president of the AAE. He currently serves as first vice president, board member and editor of the organization's quarterly newsletter. He also is chair of electronic media with the National Center for Aircraft Technician Training.

Additional information about the Association for Avionics Education is available here .

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