(1) The Industry 4.0 Workforce (Panel) (2) Airplane Accident Investigation (Mr. John Purvis)

June 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am 1:10 pm PDT

(1) The Industry 4.0 Workforce: – Needs, Issues and Solutions (Panel Discussion) (2) Accidents Happen – Inside the Process of an Airplane Accident Investigation, by Mr. John Purvis

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AIAA LA-LV e-Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, June 5, 2021, 10 AM PDT

(Part I)
The Industry 4.0 Workforce:
– Needs, Issues and Solutions
Ms. Robin Fernkas, Dr. Scott Lucas, Ms. Lisa Masciantonio, and Mr. Jay Douglass (Moderator)

(Part II)

Accidents Happen

– Inside the Process of an Airplane Accident Investigation


Mr. John Purvis

Retired, Accident investigation team, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Former AIAA Distinguished Lecturer

Volunteer, Seattle Museum of Flight

Tentative Agenda (All Time PDT (Pacific Daylight-Saving Time, US and Canada))

10:05 AM PDT: Welcome
10:10 AM PDT: The Industry 4.0 Workforce: Needs, Issues and Solutions
11:40 AM PDT: Accidents Happen – Inside the Process of an Airplane Accident Investigation (Mr. John Purvis)
01:10 PM PDT: Adjourn

The Industry 4.0 Workforce: Needs, Issues and Solutions
Manufacturers across the United States frequently respond that the lack of a skilled workforce is their number one issue. The increasingly fast pace of automation coupled with a lack of consistency around competencies and career pathways make it harder for education seekers to identify which programs can lead to the best jobs. Employers are challenged to find qualified employees, as today there is limited insight on reliable and recognizable skills and credentials on the part of job applicants. Educators want to ensure they are offering the competencies that manufacturers desire but suffer from limited and consistent knowledge of manufacturer needs.

Our panel of experts has worked to address these issues and will share insight on programs and activities underway to help U.S. manufacturers compete globally with a skilled and ready workforce.

Mr. Jay Douglass
Chief Operating Officer, Advanced Robotics For Manufacturing Institute (ARM)
Ms. Lisa Masciantonio
Chief Workforce Officer, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
Ms. Robin Fernkas
Deputy Administrator of the Office of Workforce Investment and manages the Division of Strategic Investments for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) at the U.S. Department of Labor
Dr. Scott Lucas
Vice President of Aviation, Manufacturing, and Institutional Effectiveness at Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (WSU Tech)

Accidents Happen – Inside the Process of an Airplane Accident Investigation

The presentation looks at the exciting field of large airplane accident investigation – the “heavy metal” of the industry – and, in particular, the role played by the manufacturer and other organizations involved in the investigation. It reviews the current process used to determine the probable causes after an airplane crash. Several sections are outlined to take the audience through the process from beginning to end in a simple, logical and understandable way. It discusses the respective roles of ICAO, NTSB, FAA, other governments and the parties (airline, airframe and component manufacturers, unions and others) working together toward a conclusion.

By the end the audience has an appreciation of the enormity of the accident investigation task and how it is accomplished in an organized, thorough and fair way and how the overall safety of the aviation system is enhanced in the process. The presentation is aimed toward a mixed audience and is purposely “tech lite.” It is liberally laced with accident photos verbally enhanced with “war stories” from the author’s extensive career as a “tin kicker.’

Mr. John Purvis is a Museum of Flight volunteer docent and a member of their Board of Trustees. He has volunteered at the museum for over 15 years. John has logged 62 years in aviation, with 36 of those in aviation safety.


Mr. John Purvis has been hooked on aviation for 65 years. For the last 17 years of his 43-year Boeing career he led the accident investigation team for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Since retirement at the end of ’98, John has continued to be involved with aviation safety and accident investigation. However, these days most of his energy is spent as a volunteer docent at Seattle’s Museum of Flight and an emeritus member of their Board of Trustees.


During his tenure, the Boeing fleet experienced approximately 2,500 events, more than 250 of which were classified as accidents involving hull losses, fatalities, or major damage. His role in coordinating the implementation of safety recommendations with Boeing’s design, maintenance, and operations teams has made vital contributions to the safety of the world’s fleet and for the flying public.


In addition to his safety management and accident investigation skills, John was a specialist in the fields of mechanical and fluid systems, including hydraulics, landing gear, and flight controls. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with degrees in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer and a private pilot; he also holds a certificate in aviation accident investigation from the Southern California Safety Institute (SCSI). He was an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Distinguished Lecturer for eight years.


John’s views are widely sought. He has spoken at government and industry safety meetings throughout the world and has served as panelist and speaker at many industry meetings and conferences as well as authoring numerous technical papers and articles. He was on the U.S. team at ICAO/AIG ‘92 and ‘99 in Montreal. John has also taught accident investigation courses at many venues, including the FAA’s Transportation Safety Institute, Canada’s facility at Cornwall, SCSI and for numerous customers. He has also served as a panel member at ALPA’s basic accident investigation class.”


Disclaimer: The views of the speakers do not represent the views of AIAA or the AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section.


Dr. Ken Lui, Events/Program Chair, LA

AIAA Los Angeles – Las Vegas Section | events.aiaalalv@gmail.com | aiaa-lalv.org


June 5, 2021
10:00 am – 1:10 pm PDT
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