In addition, the engineers at SAFE possess an in-depth working knowledge of all aspects of the DoD research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) effort; basic research, applied research, advanced technology development, demonstration / validation, and engineering / manufacturing development (technology transition).
SAFE’s work also includes engineering research for the United States Air Force Academy’s Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension (CAStLE). SAFE is not only performing R&D on the corrosion effects on structural integrity for CAStLE, but also is mentoring interdisciplinary undergraduate cadets in USAFA’s experimental mechanics, capstone design, and independent study courses. With SAFE’s guidance, cadets are contributing to the DoD Technical Corrosion Collaboration.
Lisanne McNew is the President & CEO of SAFE where she is responsible for overseeing internal operations, business development, maximizing the company’s operating performance, and helping to achieve its financial goals. Lisanne has over 15 years’ experience of owning and operating organizations, to include working with the DoD and government contractors. She is an adjunct instructor for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and serves on the Executive Committee as the theVice Chair for the National Association of Workforce Boards, the Chair on the Executive Committee for the Colorado Workforce Development Council, Past Chair for the Pikes Peak Workforce Development Board, Past Chairman for Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, on the Executive Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, and on the Board of Directors for the Military Affairs Council, among several others. Lisanne received her BS from the University of Northern Colorado and her MA in Leadership, Research, and Development from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She is a Native of Colorado.
Ms. Sarah Galyon Dorman joined the SAFE team in August 2011. She currently is PI for 4 government research and development programs totaling over $3 million. Her programs focus on aircraft structural certification of an additive manufacturing process, environmental effects on cracking of modern and legacy aluminum alloys, inhibitor effect on complex environmental cracking, and engineering student development. Prior to joining SAFE, Sarah worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory studying ignition reliability, on additive manufacturing for Department of Energy related applications, and at Valdez International completing root cause failure analysis, mixed mode crack growth and environmentally assisted cracking research. Sarah received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech in Materials Science and Engineering, followed by a Master of Science from the University of Virginia. Her graduate research focused on the effects of corrosion prevention compounds on corrosion fatigue damage. Her areas of expertise include mechanical testing, additive materials, environmentally assisted mechanical damage including corrosion fatigue and stress corrosion cracking, material test development, corrosion and physically metallurgy with a focus in light alloys.
Dr. Scott Fawaz graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987 having obtained an Engineering Mechanics degree with distinction. In 1988, he received his Master of Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. In 1997, he received his doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University Delft, The Netherlands. He served 23 years in the United States Air Force working in the area of aircraft structural integrity of new and aging aircraft. He had assignments at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Air Force Research Laboratory, and United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). At USAFA he was on the teaching faculty and also directed the Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension (CAStLE) from 2003 – 2010. After leaving the USAF, he led the fatigue and damage tolerance group for the Gulfstream G650. With several government and commercial contract awards for SAFE in 2011, Dr. Fawaz focused all his efforts at SAFE. Currently, he is supporting civil and military aviation basic and applied research, advanced technology development, demonstration and validation, engineering and manufacturing development. Dr. Fawaz is also a FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for Structures and Damage Tolerance with Repair Specification authority.
Jason Niebuhr is a senior engineer for SAFE with 18 years’ experience whose responsibilities include fatigue and fatigue crack growth test planning and execution, damage tolerance analysis, hardware development, engineering data management, and mentoring USAF Academy cadet design teams. Prior to joining SAFE, he spent nearly 10 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center developing flight hardware, test support equipment, and novel materials. He also has several years’ experience in the commercial sector with Goodrich and Raytheon.
Justin Rausch is a Mechanical Engineer for SAFE Inc. in Monument, Colorado, where he performs research addressing issues affecting aircraft sustainment. Justin’s responsibilities at SAFE include, aircraft teardown execution and planning, performing damage tolerance analysis in support of aircraft teardown, sustainment and design, root-cause failure analysis, design and execution of mechanical testing with an emphasis on fatigue and fracture, and test instrumentation and data acquisition. Justin brings over 15 years of aging aircraft research experience to SAFE Inc. and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wright State University, Dayton Ohio.