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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Aviation & Aerospace and Engineering

Keywords/Search Terms:

Business Operations (aviation), failure analysis, Human Factors, Aviation Software engineering and certification, aircraft design, controls, displays, hardware/software integration, Pilot Training, pilot-vehicle interface, Skydiving, Hanggliding, Parachutes, Wingsuits, Airplanes, Helicopters, Safety


MS Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School; Masters in Business Administration, University of Phoenix; Ph.D. Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Graduate, Naval War College

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Additional Information

Dr. Timothy Sestak is an expert in the field of aerospace technology and systems integration. With an impressive background in both academia and industry, Dr. Sestak has cultivated an exceptional breadth of expertise in numerous critical areas, including sensors, aerodynamics, human factors, human-machine interface, system logistics, hardware and software development, integration, testing, and certification of aircraft systems. Furthermore, he possesses extensive experience and training in aviation safety and safety systems, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the industry's most crucial aspects. As a Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the College of Aviation, he expertly guided students with his wealth of knowledge and practical insight. Dr. Sestak has held influential leadership roles and successfully managed high-technology programs for prominent organizations such as the US Navy, Boeing, B/E Aerospace, NASA, The Research Triangle Institute, IBM, and small businesses. These experiences have equipped him with invaluable expertise across the aerospace industry, encompassing program management, research and development, systems engineering, product development, operations, support, and logistics. Dr. Sestak's notable achievements include directing groundbreaking projects and programs involving a wide array of hardware, software, avionics, and systems integration. Among these programs are the Navy Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS), the first integration of the Global Positioning System (GPS) into an operational military aircraft. He has also made significant contributions to the development and integration of advanced technologies for Boeing wide-body airliners (747, 767, 777), the Boeing Joint Strike Fighter, the Canadian Maritime Patrol Helicopter, and the F-22 Raptor Fighter. Dr. Sestak's expertise includes integration of IBM Cell Broadband Engine technology into various fields, including medical 3-D sonograms, gaming, computer security, military applications, and the aerospace industry. Dr. Sestak has been instrumental in the development of plans for a national vertiport system and a national small aircraft transportation system. He served as a principal systems-engineering supervisor for a comprehensive logistics support system tailored to military and commercial aircraft. His extensive background in technology and operational piloting positions him uniquely as an expert in human factors and man-machine interface. Dr. Sestak's distinguished qualifications include an MS in Aeronautical Engineering, an MBA, graduation from the Naval War College, and a Ph.D. from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Aviation. He holds FAA certifications as a commercial and instrument pilot for both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI), a Certificated Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII) (airplane and helicopter), and an Advanced Ground School Instructor (AGI). His proficiency also includes skydiving, where he holds a United States Parachute Association (USPA) Expert license and excels in wingsuit flight. Dr. Sestak's passion for aviation extends to his licensing as a hang glider pilot. Dr. Sestak's exceptional knowledge and experience have been leveraged in his role as an expert witness for litigation cases relating to aircraft design and construction, aircraft development, aircraft software development, aircraft hardware/software integration, and intellectual property pertaining to aircraft. His profound understanding of these complex subjects makes him an invaluable resource within legal proceedings, providing authoritative testimony and consultation. With an illustrious academic background, diverse industry experience, and a proven track record as an expert witness, Dr. Timothy Sestak is unequivocally qualified to provide exemplary expert testimony and consultation in matters pertaining to aerospace technology, systems integration, aviation safety, and beyond.