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Michael R. Deis appointed director of Avionics Engineering Center

Colleen Carow | Oct 10, 2017
Michael R. Deis

Michael R. Deis appointed director of Avionics Engineering Center

Colleen Carow | Oct 10, 2017

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology announces that Michael “Mike” R. Deis has been appointed Stocker Visiting Professor/director of the Avionics Engineering Center, effective Fri., Oct. 27. He will succeed Mike DiBenedetto, who will serve until Fri., Nov. 10, to ensure a smooth transition, and will continue as a senior research engineer.

An accomplished United States Air Force (USAF) senior executive service leader, Deis will also serve as director of business development at the Russ Research Center, Ohio University’s presence in Beavercreek, Ohio, just a few miles from Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the headquarters of the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL).

“Mike has several decades of experience in aerospace testing, design and research. Most significantly, he has deep knowledge and experience at the highest executive levels of AFRL, an organization with which we have deepening ties in positioning, navigation, and timing, as well as in cybersecurity,” said Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin. “We expect his leadership to grow and broaden our already strong expertise in the aerospace community.

Deis, who most recently has been a senior consultant with Treble One LLC, brings more than 35 years of experience in organizational and technical leadership to the role. He holds extensive expertise in laboratory science and technology; test and evaluation; systems engineering; electronic warfare; command, control, computer and cyber; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies.

He said he’s excited to be joining the OHIO team.
“I have the privilege of leading and working with a great team of researchers, engineers and staff in the Avionics Engineering Center in Athens -- and helping lead the growth of the Russ Research Center,” Deis said. “I believe the combination of the two centers will strengthen the Avionics Engineering Center and grow relationships with AFRL, other universities and colleges, and local industry in the Dayton region. The future is very bright for both centers and the Russ College.”

In his last role with the USAF, he was director of AFRL’s Sensors Directorate, the second largest AFRL directorate with 1300 scientists, engineers and support personnel, and $850 million annual budget. There, he led highly technical teams to develop science and technology for superior USAF systems in the areas of command, control, computer and cyber; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; precision engagement; and electronic warfare systems. 

Supporting the academic mission of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the Avionics Engineering Center was established in 1963 and is the largest research center at OHIO. Researchers conduct the world’s foremost research into aviation-related electronics, serving the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, other international and domestic government agencies, and private industry with not just technical data but customized, on-demand practical solutions for navigation and landing systems, surveillance, flight control, and other challenges worldwide. 

Deis, who has also served as executive director of the faith-based non-profit group Simon Kenton Bridges of Hope, holds a doctor of management from the University of Phoenix, a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from Wright State University.