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Leadership in the 21st Century, a Fighter Pilot’s Perspective

Start: 3/19/2015 at 8:00PM
End: 3/19/2015 at 9:00PM
Location: Hayes-Healy, Room 127
Event Url: http://engineering.nd.edu/news-publications/lecture-series/engineering-distinguished-lecture-series
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Leadership in the 21st Century, a Fighter Pilot’s Perspective

Paul G. Schafer
Retired Major General, USAF

Paul has extensive experience working on, and leading technical programs, including the F-117A stealth fighter. He commanded the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, a premier science and engineering institution tasked with solving complex challenges for our nation's warfighters. There he led a team using social and physical science techniques and engineering expertise to assist warfighters in support of our national security.

Paul Schafer retired in 2011 after a 32 year career in the USAF. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in aeronautical engineering, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant through AFROTC. Paul completed pilot training, earning his wings in 1980, and was assigned to fly the A-10 Thunderbolt II. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing level.  He was an outstanding graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School, and was twice named the A-10 Instructor Pilot of the Year.  Paul earned the Lance P. Sijan leadership Award for his combat command in Southwest Asia, and flew over 40 combat missions over southern Iraq.  

Since he left active duty, Paul has been consulting on highly classified Department of Defense programs. He has been nominated for the USAF Scientific Advisory Board, and is a docent at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum.  He is building a kit plane, called a Onex, in his garage in his leisure time.