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Aurora Flight Sciences has named Thomas Wardell as its Vice President for Manufacturing.
Wardell joins Aurora from Alliant Tech Systems (ATK), where he was in charge of composites at their Iuka, Mississippi plant. In this capacity, he was responsible for Engineering, Operations, Quality, and Scheduling for ATK’s portion of the Delta rocket program. From 1989 through 2000 he was employed by R-Cubed Composites in Utah, where he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility as Program Manager, Director of Engineering and Operations (1995-97), and then President and General Manager (1997-2000). R- Cubed was sold to Composite Optics in 2000. Wardell has also worked as a Procurement Engineer for the Hewlett-Packard Company and as a Materials and Process Engineer for Thiokol Corporation, where he worked on the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motors. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University.
“”With the rapid growth of composites production programs such as Global Hawk, it was essential for Aurora to have a strong and experienced leader for our production operations,”” said Aurora President John Langford. “”Thom Wardell is a respected industry leader and we are delighted to have him joining our team in West Virginia.””
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