My duties include integrating activities of the structural, mechanical, avionics engineering branches in the A-10 Systems Program Office (SPO). I initiated the creation and support of the DoDAF 2.0 A-10 System Architecture as a system engineering, requirements tracking and modeling. Before
this I was the A-10 Technical Director and Deputy Chief Engineer and the
Avionics Engineering Branch Chief. I have 34 years of OSS&E,
systems engineering and design experience both as a contractor and as
a government engineer on the following aircraft: A-10, T-38, F-4, T-37, F-16, B-1 and the Space Shuttle. I was the USAF Engineer Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP) Lead Research Scientist for Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) at the German Air Worthiness Center, WTD 61, in Mannching, Germany for two years. There I supported the German Air Force Flight Test Team for fighter performance improvement and wrote display and ballistics simulation software. I started and ran Computer Graphix Center, a small business specializing in commercial broadcast animation and 3D modeling.
Mr. Coates' education includes a B.S.E.E from the University of Utah in 1978 and a M.E.E.E from Utah State University in 1995.