Digital Twins Forum
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Digital Twins Forum

April 14th, 2022 9:00am-11:00am EST   Virtual, ON24

Identified as one of the top five tech trends of 2021, digital twins are expected to experience significant growth in the coming years as the technology expands its footprint. With benefits including enhanced systems maintenance, lower risk to physical assets and improved decision-making capabilities, digital twins are rapidly gaining traction across federal, commercial and defense sectors.

Join ExecutiveBiz Events for the platform’s Digital Twins Forum, which will bring together prominent government and industry leaders to discuss the opportunities, potential uses and obstacles surrounding digital twins, as well as the implications the technology poses for the future of virtual reality-based services in the federal space.

  • Richard Billings
    Richard Billings -
    A-10 PLM Implementation Lead, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

    Mr. Billings has over 40 years’ aerospace industry experience, the majority of which has been spent supporting the A-10 aircraft. He is responsible for implementation of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) within the A-10 SPO to support SPO digital engineering efforts. In this role, Mr. Billings has been a leader in transitioning the A-10 out of the legacy document and paper based repository approaches to integrated digital engineering infrastructure. Mr. Billings has utilized CAD and PLM throughout his engineering career, from 2D drawings using CAD at his first assignment, to implementing CAD and FEA hardware and software as a Captain in the A-10 SPO in the early 90s. In 1998, during his time in commercial aviation, Boeing transitioned the 737 from 2D drawings to Model Based Definition (MBD) using 3D CAD models and no drawings. Additionally, during his time there, they transitioned from their legacy isolated repositories to a more integrated data configuration system called DCAC/MRM. These experiences provided a glimpse of where the future lies with transitioning legacy aircraft to modern data and systems. Upon his return to the A-10 SPO as a civilian, he has been intimately involved with transitioning the A-10 from legacy 2D drawings to 3D MBD CAD models and PLM. The A-10 started with modeling the A-10 wing in 3D CAD with drawings, but with the Wing Replacement Program transitioned to 3D MBD with PLM, no drawings. The A-10 SPO has since created 3D TDP for the complete aircraft and are now building out full E-BOMs and serialized control of items with the aircraft utilizing PLM. We are now focusing on how to manage and utilize this digital data in downstream areas, such as Engineering Technical Requests (ETARs), Technical Manuals, depot planning, aircraft modifications, spare parts buys, DLA integration, and other related area.

  • Kristin Cochran
    Kristin Cochran -
    VP, Digital Solutions, Siemens Government Technologies

    Kristin Cochran is the Vice President, Digital Solutions for Siemens Government Technologies (SGT), Inc., the separate but affiliated U.S. government arm of technology powerhouse Siemens. With project teams across the U.S. and internationally, SGT is a cleared provider of Siemens products, technologies, and software to solve some of the most complex government challenges in energy, automation, and digitalization. In her current role, Ms. Cochran is responsible for professional services, strategy, campaigns, and presales for Siemens’ Digital Industries’ solutions in the federal space. She leads project teams providing product lifecycle management software solutions and tools as part of the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio for the military service branches; and is overseeing the migration to the Cloud for software-as-a-service solutions in a rapidly evolving digital transformation environment. Previously, she was a Program Manager for software services within Siemens Industries Software. Before joining Siemens, Ms. Cochran spent 20 years implementing shipbuilding software for the Navy and for commercial shipbuilders all over the world, in a wide range of roles across multiple digital platforms.  In November 2021, Ms. Cochran was recognized by the Northern Virginia Technology Council as one of three NextGen Leaders helping to drive tech innovation and economic growth in the national capital region. Ms. Cochran has a B.S.E. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an M.S. in Engineering Management from The George Washington University.

  • Heath Collins
    Brig Gen Heath Collins -
    Director, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

    Brig. Gen. Heath A. Collins is the Program Executive Officer for Weapons and Director of the Armament Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He is responsible for the planning and execution of all life cycle activities for air-delivered munitions, including the Advance Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze, Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, Joint Direct Attack Munition; Joint Programmable Fuze, Miniature Air Launched Decoy; and Small Diameter Bomb. His $92 billion portfolio also includes numerous other legacy weapons and ammunition; combat training systems; threat emitters for test and training purposes; and aerial targets including the QF-16 and BQM-167A. Brig. Gen. Collins entered the Air Force in 1993, receiving his commission through the ROTC program at Clarkson University. His acquisition, space, test, operations and staff assignments have encompassed air-to-air missiles, electronic countermeasures, space, radar, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, nuclear, fighter and bomber systems. He has served in numerous program management and senior-leader positions including Program Manager, Wideband Global Satellite Communications, Block 1 Program, Deputy Commander of the Wideband SATCOM Group, Commander, Space Based Infrared System Space Squadron, Senior Materiel Leader and Deputy Director for the Infrared Space Systems Directorate, and the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate. Brig. Gen. Collins has also served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, overseeing the department's Airborne ISR, Space and Special Programs. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also holds master’s degrees from Florida State University, Air University and National Defense University. Prior to assuming his current duties, Brig. Gen. Collins served as the Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Bombers, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He was responsible for development, production, fielding, sustainment and modernization of the fighters and bombers portfolio, which includes the A-10, A-29, B-1, B-2, B-52, F-15, F-16, F-22 and special programs. He was also responsible for organizing, training and equipping the F-35 System Program Office.

  • Tina Dolph
    Tina Dolph -
    President & Chief Operating Officer, CRDF Global

    As President and Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Dolph brings her extensive experience in global operations, critical infrastructure, and technology innovation to CRDF Global and its government and private clients. She is responsible for growing CRDF’s Global’s international footprint and expansion strategy, as well as providing leadership in the areas of new technology, cybersecurity, and digital transformation. An accomplished executive leader with three decades of government industry experience, Ms. Dolph began her career with GE Aerospace in the early 1990’s. She has held leadership roles at leading federal contractors including Lockheed Martin, PAE and ASRC Federal. Most recently, Ms. Dolph was the President and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies (SGT), where she led that company in driving growth and innovation for some of the U.S. military’s largest modernization projects in critical infrastructure and digital transformation. Ms. Dolph has earned recognition for her contributions to the government marketplace, twice named a Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Tech 100 executive for leadership and innovation in the Greater Washington region’s technology community. She has been named to Washington Executive’s “Top 25 Execs to Watch” list three times and is a four-time recipient of the Wash100 award from Executive Mosaic. She is a board member for Valiant Integrated Services, a global government services contractor serving the defense, aerospace, national security, and intelligence communities. Passionate about service and support of the military community, Ms. Dolph serves on the Boards of Directors for the post-9/11 veteran and military family national nonprofit Hope for the Warriors and the National Defense University Foundation.

  • Lynn Eviston
    Lynn Eviston -
    Director of Plans and Programs, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

    Lynn M. Eviston is Director of Plans and Programs, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She assists the Commander in leading the single center responsible for total life cycle management covering all aircraft, engines, munitions, and electronic systems. Ms. Eviston began her career with the Air Force in 1985 as a Financial Specialist at the Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. During her career, she has held progressively more challenging jobs in financial management, serving as financial specialist on diverse platforms such as the B-1B Engine, Alternate Fighter Engine Option, B-2, Combat Talon II and CV-22; senior budget analyst for ASC Investment and Operations and Management accounts (including civilian payroll); senior budget analyst, implementing centerwide processes to enable the financial community to effectively execute the ASC investment programs; and supervisory cost analyst supporting the ASC source selection process. From ASC, Ms. Eviston transitioned to Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), where she served first as a Deputy Chief, then Chief of the Programs Division; then most recently, as Deputy Director to AFMC Strategic Plans, Programs and Analyses Directorate.

  • Chris Garrett
    Chris Garrett -
    Senior Level Executive, Technical Advisor, Systems Engineering, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

    Chris spent over 27 years active duty in the Air Force working in the areas of electronic warfare, test, space, and aircraft sustainment where he spent over two years at Robins AFB leading the C-17 group. He finished his career as the Deputy Director for Engineering and Technical Management at Air Force Materiel Command. As Deputy Director, Chris focused on three areas – System of Systems Analysis, Open Systems Architecture, and Strategic Planning. From September 2015 to February 2020, Chris worked in the engineering home office at the Life Cycle Management Center where he focused on infusing open standards and architectures across Air Force weapon systems. Also, he led an effort to build an Air Force ecosystem where open standards, agile processes and digital engineering could be combined to delivery capability expeditiously to the field. In February 2020, Chris was appointed to be the Senior Leader for Systems Engineering in the Air Force. In this job, his current focus is being the technical lead for the AF Digital Campaign.

  • Matthew Peterson
    Matthew Peterson -
    VP of Innovation in Engineering, SAIC

    Matthew Peterson is a vice president in the Engineering Innovation Factory at SAIC. He leads teams focused on applying digital engineering to the design, development and deployment of complex systems. Highlights of Peterson’s 13 years at SAIC include serving as lead technical fellow, spearheading the development of the company’s additive manufacturing capability, and collaborating with other subject matter experts to introduce the use of virtual reality for design reviews and systems prototyping. His prior experience includes working for a software start-up, where he helped developed a game-engine- enabled configuration and quoting tool; supporting NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program; and developing maintenance training solutions for the Air Force’s F-22.

  • 9:00am - 9:05am EST

    Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • 9:05am - 9:55am EST

    Keynote Speaker: Brig. Gen. Heath Collins

  • 9:55am - 10:55am EST

    Emerging Trends and the Essential Role of Digital Twins for Defense and Government Programs

  • 10:55am - 11:00am EST

    Closing Comments

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