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Howard Poisl, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

Dr. Howard Poisl retired from Raytheon Missiles and Defense located in Tucson, Arizona as a Senior Engineering Fellow. He was a staff member in the Materials and Process Engineering Department, responsible for ceramics materials development and testing. He was also the Hypersonics Material Lead, responsible for the characterization, testing, and development of both structural and functional materials of the airframe. Dr. Poisl completed his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of Arizona in 1995. After working as a Research Professor in the MSE Department and starting several technology and consulting companies, he transitioned to Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS), where he was responsible for all high-temperature materials development and testing, trade studies for material selection, and generation of design properties. Dr. Poisl is a recognized Subject Matter Expert for optical and radome materials and testing, impact testing (specifically related to weather encounters), and fracture analysis. Dr. Poisl has supported numerous programs for radome and optical dome fabrication and qualification, including coatings for improved performance. He was the Principal Investigator on several Raytheon IRAD projects for ceramic material development, with an emphasis on properties and processing. This has included advanced radome and antenna applications, as well as the development of computational models for materials development. Dr. Poisl has extensive experience with ground testing facilities, including arc jets, quartz lamps or laser heating, hot structural tests, impact testing, and wind tunnels. He also has extensive experience with testing electromagnetic materials for characteristic properties, as well as functional testing of EM devices for conformance to requirements.

Howard Poisl, Ph.D.
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Michael Kinsella, M.S.

Senior Consultant

Michael Kinsella has over 34 years of experience working for the Air Force Research Laboratory at WPAFB. Over the course of his career, he has gained technical and program management experience in developing advanced technologies for turbine engine propulsion, materials and manufacturing, and hypersonic systems. Mr. Kinsella’s turbine engine experience ranges from aero, heat transfer, and materials basic research to ground testing of advanced fighter engines. This experience included a two-year rotation to the Propulsion SPO as the Turbine IPT lead for the F-135 engine. During this rotation, all final design reviews were completed, over 1000 turbine module-specific requirements were verified, and F35's first flight was accomplished. Mr. Kinsella’s next experience was as Ceramics and Composites Branch Chief in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. Here he was responsible for overseeing the research of government and contractor personnel on high-temperature ceramic and polymer composites for a wide range of Air Force systems. His next role was as Systems Engineer for DARPA’s Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) and materials SME. As Systems Engineer, responsibilities included configuration control, requirements development and verification, and managing the risk review process. He was responsible for providing extensive oversight at the contractor facilities during the design and integration of the test vehicles. The common thread throughout Mr. Kinsella’s over three decades of civilian service centers around materials and manufacturing technologies development for Air Force systems.

Michael Kinsella, M.S.
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James Poindexter, M.S.

Senior Consultant

Mr. James W. Poindexter (DR-III) is a Sr. Technology Manager who joins MACH-20 from the Propulsion, Structures, & Manufacturing Enterprise Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As a Sr. Mechanical Engineer focusing on high-temperature materials manufacturing supporting hypersonic applications, Mr. Poindexter was the Manufacturing lead for the $900M Joint AFRL/DARPA High-Speed Strike Weapon (HSSW) Technology Maturation program. He owned the AFRL/RXM Hypersonics Manufacturing Product area and was in charge of planning and executing the ManTech Hypersonics portfolio totaling over $20M. He was instrumental in developing the $50M Title III effort for High Temp CMC Materials for Hypersonic Strike currently awaiting Presidential signature. In addition, Mr. Poindexter served on the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) Materials and Manufacturing IPT as a subject matter expert. Prior to becoming the ManTech Hypersonics Lead in 2015, Mr. Poindexter was a member of the ManTech Strategic Planning Team responsible for the definition of, and project planning for, the Factory of the Future strategic thrust. His primary focus centered on the application of flexible robotics in a factory setting and the development of real-time process control techniques using embedded sensors. Mr. Poindexter was also the ManTech SBIR program focal point where he developed and executed a number of high-dollar value SBIR projects supporting F-35 Production.

James Poindexter, M.S.
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Michael Grabinger

Senior Consultant

Michael Grabinger, with a BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, brings over 38 years of DOD Weapons Acquisition experience to the M20 team where he serves as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer providing expertise in development and design for manufacturing and transition to production support. During his career, he has served as project lead for various efforts including electronic component failure analysis, hybrid electronics and multi-chip module development/production, reliability enhancements, DC to DC power hybrid (thick film) development and production, Subminiature Telemetry hybrid (Dupont Greentape) transition to production, electromechanical fuze reliability improvement/process control (surface mount/thru-hole), and the Manufacturing IPT lead responsible for the manufacturing construct (SOW, MRA, Supply Chain development). As a Senior Principle Engineer for the GBU-31/32 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) SPO, he led the design for manufacturing and supply chain development efforts resulting in the sole contract award to McDonald Douglas/Boeing. Prior to JDAM Full-Rate Production (FRP) he spearheaded and won a ManTech's effort to develop small/medium size suppliers to improve production rates and lower costs while maintaining quality. This ManTech effort was instrumental in JDAM’s ability to rapidly increase the initial FRP target of 1,200 units/mo. to 3,300 units/mo. as a result of Defense Emergency Response Funding following the 9/11 attacks. He served six years as President/COO/Director of Manufacturing of a small business (400+ personnel) with core competencies in avionics design, manufacturing, and obsolescence/redesign services. During this time he learned critical skills pertaining to organizational management, accreditations/certifications (AS9100 and NADCAP), P& L, contract negotiations, and supply chain management. He later served as Manufacturing Subject Matter Expert as a member of the System Program Offices for AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). Here he was responsible for hardware and supplier development, obsolescence management, process failure modes, effects analysis, transition to production, and manufacturing readiness assessments.

Michael Grabinger
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Rami Akouri, M.S.

Lead Technical Adviser

Rami Akouri is a Materials/Mechanical Engineer with over 9 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry, developing next-gen material solutions, and working through the challenges of scaleup and integration. He has extensive experience in the research and development of materials for extreme environments, electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) materials, radio frequency (RF) materials, complex windows and radomes, nanomaterials, environmental and protective coatings, additive manufacturing, novel ceramic forming techniques, heat treatments, and composite materials. Earning his M.S. in Material Science and Engineering from Boston University and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Rami’s multi-discipline background allows for creative thinking and thorough execution of tasks. In his early career, Rami worked hands-on, developing novel processes for emerging materials systems. As the technologies matured and gained further stakeholders, he led the transition of these technical processes developed in-house to outside, production relevant, suppliers. These tasks included composing product specifications, drawings, process documentation, acceptance test, and quality control plans. He also served in many roles including principle investigator for several Internal Research And Development (IRAD) projects, technical lead on Customer Research and Development (CRAD) programs, and a materials subject matter expert for several production programs. Rami never strays away from difficult challenges and is dedicated to continuous growth in new technology areas.

Rami Akouri, M.S.