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Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart is the Congressman from Utah's Second Congressional District. He is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling and national award-winning author, world-record-setting Air Force pilot, and the former owner/CEO of a small business.

Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He graduated from Utah State University, where he earned his degree in economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined the United States Air Force where he was the Distinguished Graduate (top of his class) in both Officer Training School and Undergraduate Pilot Training. He served for fourteen years as a pilot in the Air Force, flying both rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber. He holds three world speed records, including the world’s record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world.

Chris is a prolific author having written 18 books, several of which have become national best-sellers, and have been published in six different countries.

Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a nationally recognized firm for consulting expertise in energy and the environment. He and his wife, Evie, are the parents of six children.

Chris now serves as a member of House Appropriations Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.

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Doug Hunsaker

Doug Hunsaker works on improving aircraft design and optimization methods. His research areas focus on computational methods ranging from potential flow to full RANS CFD for both 2D and 3D modeling and optimization. These research efforts are currently directed towards supporting the improved aircraft efficiency interests of NASA and the Air Force Research Lab as well as the rapid design and optimization needs of the emerging drone industry. Doug also has a strong interest in studying unsteady flows as they pertain to flapping flight. His teaching experience and interests include aerodynamics, flight dynamics, flight simulation, optimization, and statistics.

 

Doug Hunsaker is an assistant professor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at Utah State University, Doug worked for four years in industry, which included work at Scaled Composites on the Stratolaunch and SpaceShipTwo programs, as well as consulting work for multiple drone companies. He has done aerodynamic, design, or consulting work for Sandia National Labs, AeroVironment, Flying Sensors, the MAGICC Lab, Vayu, and other non-disclosable companies.

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Mike Caldwell

Mike Caldwell is a visionary leader. Now in his second term as Ogden's Mayor, Caldwell continues to put local economic development at the forefront of his agenda.

Caldwell's work during his first Mayoral term resulted in national acclaim for Ogden with Forbes', Money magazine, and Newsweek among others touting the city's ability to adapt to change and find success.

Citizens have come to know Mayor Caldwell as a transparent city leader with an unsurpassed willingness to listen to their concerns. Dubbed Ogden's "biking mayor," He will tell you he has been passionately losing races for some twenty years. He enjoys Ogden's high-adventure recreation lifestyle with his family, and is most proud of the titles Husband and Dad.

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Jeff Edwards
Jeff Edwards is the Executive Director of the Utah Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI), which brings together statewide public, private, community, industry and education partners to assure continued job growth and economic sustainability of some of Utah’s most important manufacturing clusters. Advanced materials are essential in Aerospace, Defense, Outdoor Products, Medical Devices, Transportation and Energy. Utah has more than 12,000 workers in the advanced materials industry working in over 100 companies.

Jeff has an extensive background in technology and economic development. He joined Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) in 2001 and served as its President & CEO for the last 10 years. During his tenure, EDCUtah helped to bring into the state more than 80,000 new jobs and nearly $3B in new capital investment. As part of that assignment, he worked closely with the aerospace and defense companies to promote Utah as a prime destination for the advanced materials industry. Before joining EDCUtah, he spent the majority of his career in the aerospace and computer industries in both technical and marketing roles. This included Hercules Aerospace Company, where he worked in solid rocket motor propulsion and carbon composite materials for space and commercial applications.

He holds a BA degree from the University of Utah in Chemistry. Jeff received the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology in 2013. He also serves as Chairman of the Utah State University Research Foundation which operates the Space Dynamics Laboratory in Logan, Utah. He is a founding board member of the Utah Clean Air Partnership known as UCAIR and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Envision Utah. Jeff received the MJ Hannover Award for outstanding service to the economic development community from the Industrial Asset Management Council in 2016.

He is married to Karamea Evans Edwards and they have four adult children and two grandchildren. He is an Eagle Scout and is active in the Boy Scouts of America. Jeff is fluent in French and is a dedicated photographer and is an avid hiker and skier.
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