A 1982 distinguished ROTC graduate from Texas A&M, Dr. Dale Cope is a retired Air Force officer with over 20 years experience in aircraft structures, as an engineer, instructor, and maintenance officer. His engineering experience spans the fields of design, liaison, and structural analysis. He actively works in the research area of aircraft structural integrity, performing airworthiness evaluations on civilian and military aircraft ranging from general aviation commuter airplanes to large military transport and bomber aircraft. His practical experience includes serving as the engineer on an aircraft battle damage repair team during Operation Desert Storm. As an assistant professor at the US Air Force Academy and adjunct lecturer at Wichita State University, he has taught a variety of courses ranging from Fundamentals of Aeronautics to Aerospace Structural Analysis and Design. His teaching experience includes conducting seminars on aircraft structural repair for practicing engineers from Air Logistics Centers, Air Force Laboratories, and the aircraft industry. Drawing from his practical field experience as a maintenance officer, Dale is able to relate complex engineering concepts to real world application. Currently working as a program manager for Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, Dale continues to support the Air Force’s T-38 and A-10 fleets of aging aircraft.