Dr. Pete McQuade has been a Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises since 2008, and was recently appointed Director of the Space Systems Engineering program. Dr. McQuade has 34 years experience in aerospace engineering, including 21 years in the military and 11 years in the Defense/Aerospace Industry. He served as the Deputy Department Head of the US Air Force Academy's Astronautics Department, and was in charge of that department's research programs. His Industry experience includes systems engineering support for the Space Based Laser, the Space Radar program, the Ballistic Missile Defense System, and commercial aviation risk-management programs for the Department of Homeland Security. His areas of technical experience include: aircraft and spacecraft design, automatic control systems, aerodynamics, propulsion, thermodynamics, structures, astrodynamics, flight safety, aircraft icing, operations analysis, modeling and simulation, high-energy laser weapon systems, and ballistic missile defense. He holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from MIT and a PhD from the University of Washington. Dr. McQuade is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.