Head of Air Force lab at Wright-Patterson to give Rolls-Royce lecture

October 1, 2014  


Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Sasiello

Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Masiello 
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Masiello will give the 2014 Rolls-Royce Memorial Lecture at Purdue University on Oct. 8.

Masiello is commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

The lecture, presented by Rolls-Royce and the Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, will be at 4 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. The lecture and a reception following Masiello's talk are free and open to the public.

Masiello will speak on "National Defense Strategy: The Role of Science and Technology."  He will highlight how AFRL focuses on key cutting-edge technologies necessary to develop the right military capabilities to meet the strategic objectives of our national defense. He will also present a timeline of how air power has significantly influenced the nature of warfare.

Masiello is responsible for managing a $4 billion science and technology program that includes both Air Force and customer-funded research and development. He also is responsible for a global workforce of approximately 10,000 people in the laboratory's component technology directorates, 711th Human Performance Wing and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Having flown more than 20 different types of aircraft and logged more than 3,300 flight hours, Masiello is rated as a command pilot. Additionally, he has served as an experimental test pilot and test squadron commander, conducting developmental flight tests on a wide variety of weapon systems.

The Charles Rolls and Henry Royce Purdue Memorial Lecture Series, begun in 2002, brings to campus speakers from the aviation and aerospace industries to inspire students who are considering careers in these fields. Rolls-Royce has a long heritage and connection with the aviation industry and has a strong collaborative relationship with Purdue.

The 2014 lecture will be the seventh in the series.

More information on the 2014 Rolls-Royce Lecture and on Masiello can be found at https://engineering.purdue.edu/AAE/AboutUs/Lectures/rolls_royce 

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

Source: Rita Baines, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics development director, 765-494-9124, RLBaines@prf.org

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