Engineering & Operations

Terry McCoy
Terry McCoy
Terry McCoy
Chief Engineer

Mr. McCoy is a proven business leader with extensive corporate and managerial experience to contribute to organization strategic and tactical goals. He possesses excellent oral and written communication skills, broad business acumen, and demonstrated success in building and leading diverse program teams. Mr.McCoy is a driven performer passionate about successful outcomes, relationships, mentoring and teambuilding. Mr. McCoy is currently consulting with firms working within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DoE) markets to establish and advance their internal total life cycle management and systems engineering capabilities.

Mr. McCoy was a sustainment architect for Lockheed Martin, providing leadership on multiple “Corporate Focus” business captures and focus programs across all business units. Corporate Focus in the Lockheed context are programs typically over a billion dollars in magnitude, or otherwise judged to be strategically important for penetrating or growing a market. Mr. McCoy was responsible for architecting, articulating, and implementing winning logistics and support strategies in highly competitive bid environments. The customer base was largely dominated by the U.S. government agencies; however, Mr. McCoy’s area of excellence was in international business captures (Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia) which was a Corporate Focus for growth. In the international pursuits, Mr. McCoy was an authority in developing affordable solutions via lean management; high fidelity modeling and simulation-based estimating techniques adapted to the unique aspects of overseas business cultures, partnerships and contracting methodologies.

Eric Mazin
Eric Mazin
Eric Mazin
AAC Fellow

Most recently, Mr. Mazin has been working as a consultant to CNS specializing in Change Management and Requirements Management Tooling. In late 2019, Mr. Mazin took on the challenge of implementing a requirements change management workflow in DOORS using DOORS eXtended Language (DXL).  This includes creating a user interface as well as database transaction processing scripts in DOORS.  It is expected that this prototype will be the foundation for future interfaces with other CNS tools used by engineering such as Active Risk Management and SAP HANA. Mr. Mazin has also been a contributor to the Mission Engineering Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP), Requirements Engineering Management Plan (REMP) and the Requirements Management System Database Design Document (DBDD).

Mr. Mazin has more than 15 years of engineering experience. Most recently, as a Senior Staff Software Engineer for Lockheed Martin Corporation he worked on the F35 EagleSpeed® Install and Roll-out program. He installed EagleSpeed for F35 Mission Systems Development, converted over 32,000 problem reports from Dimensions to Eagle Speed and trained thousands of users both in person and virtually. Mr. Mazin was also the EagleSpeed Deployment Manager. He configured and installed EagleSpeed to programs in IS&GS Defense portfolio (Program-IX, Space Fence, C2BMC), provided training and first level support assistance and created new workflows and tool enhancements to the product. Mr. Mazin was the acting Configuration Management Manager for AMF-JTRS, managing a team of eight individuals.

Rich Genninger
Rich Genninger
Rich Genninger
Sustainment Architect and Corporate Strategist

Mr. Genninger is a hands-on manager with a proven ability to grow logistics organizations, as well as senior and junior personnel into functional/program lead positions. Mr. Genninger has functional management skills along with Line of Business (LOB) commitment management, program planning and implementation (proven program management skills); results-oriented; excellent problem determination and resolution skills; he has excellent communication and presentation skills, is computer literate and interfaces comfortably at all customer technical and management levels.

Mr. Genninger has more than 29 years logistics experience in the aerospace industry and an additional 6 years of military experience in the ILS disciplines in operational, technical, and management positions. His areas of expertise include proposal support, training, business development, product support, business planning, budget control, logistics, customer service, and program management. Mr. Genninger successfully grew a logistics organization from three people to more than 90 sustainment professionals. He established a reputation as the premier sustainment group with a Corporate Logistics and Sustainment entity through development of leading edge sustainment courses, and leadership of corporate sustainment activities (along with numerous corporate engineering and technology support activities). Mr. Genninger was responsible for an LRP Commitment to the PCSR LOB which grew from approximately $1.3M to approximately $10M in 5 years while meeting double digit growth in each year, and was responsible for the development of the PCSR Logistics and Training New Business Pipeline valued at greater than $300M.

Mr. Genninger has supported and/or written more than 50 proposals for various businesses across the corporation in Supportability and Technology Refresh/Technology Insertion. He was a technical writer in the development of a PBL Working Guide for a DoD corporation. He participated with various community of practices and supportability engineering groups, and served as one of the lead developers for a newly formed logistics and sustainment institute.

Mr. Genninger’s papers include Embedded Adaptive Training (1996). He was the speaker at numerous conferences throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, and the lead developer of several unique TOC trade space models.

Jeff Owens
Jeff Owens
Jeff Owens
Chief Linguist

Mr. Owens possesses more than 20 years of experience in foreign language course development and instruction. He has superior foreign language proficiency and provides hands-on instruction for AAC’s public sector clients.

As a linguistics expert, Mr. Owens manages course development for AAC’s foreign language sustainment program at the Defense Language Institute’s Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC). He also manages AAC’s Translation Team, providing diverse translations in more than 140 languages.

Mr. Owens is AAC's Program Manager for the Defense Language Institute's Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) Foreign Area Officer (FAO) and Global Language Online Support System (GLOSS) Programs. He leads AAC's Training Center, designing training courses on linguistic and intercultural competencies.

Mr. Owens holds an MA in Multicultural Education and Educational Theory from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY. Additionally, he holds an MS in Computer Science from the State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute. He holds a BA in Romance languages from Niagara University.


Sean Dooly
Sean Dooly
Senior Software Engineer

Coming soon.


Carl DeFranco
Carl DeFranco
Carl DeFranco
Systems Engineering and Acquisition, Civil and Electrical Engineering

Mr. DeFranco is currently supporting a range of studies for the DoD and DoE in the areas of systems engineering and logistics. He also develops advanced training courses for acquisition and logistics as well as systems engineering. He is an expert database developer for RAMC analyses. In this capacity he developed the RAMC analysis dashboard for the Army’s FLIR system under the Persistent Surveillance Systems – Ground (PSS-G) program. Mr. DeFranco was also involved in the preparation of the Logistics Demo and testing of troubleshooting procedures for SRCTec’s Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) V3 program.

Mr. DeFranco was employed with the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineering Corps as a company commander, U.S. MCB 6 working various assignments including deployment as OIC, MCB 6 Detachment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His projects included road construction, building construction and improvements, and other small projects. Later, his work was with ROICC at Griffiss AFB, managing MILCON for U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force projects, including Griffiss AFB Chapel, Hospital, Water Storage system, and Missile Assembly Shop. Mr. DeFranco provided construction management services for U.S. Navy and Marine Reserve facilities throughout Central and Western NY State. Shortly after, he was employed as a civilian engineer working with Prosser & Sons Construction Company working as a field engineer and construction superintendent for several medium and large scale construction projects, including multi-unit housing, health-related facilities, and volunteer fire station. He planned and managed schedule, materials and personnel, and provided engineering services for pre-stressed concrete systems manufacturing and installation.

Wayne Johnson
Wayne Johnson
Wayne Johnson
Senior Instructional System Design Subject Matter Expert

Mr. Johnson possesses more than 30 years of experience in higher education leadership, intercultural communication, and Instructional Systems Design (ISD). He has worked and researched worldwide and has taught in several international settings, including the UK, Poland, and Japan.

As a recognized expert in Cross-Cultural Understanding, Mr. Johnson's skillset includes multi-regional expertise, supported by political, cultural, sociological, economic, and geographic awareness. He directly supports the Defense Language Institute's Foreign Area Officers (FAO) language development program engaged in regionally focused political-military operations to advise senior leaders and support deployed commanders throughout military operations.

Mr. Johnson is widely published, including five textbooks on teaching culture and language, and more than 30 publications in international academic journals. He is a sought-after presenter at many international conferences. He specializes in multiple Eastern and Romance languages.

Mr. Johnson holds an MA in Teaching and Education from the School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont. He also holds a BS in Sociology and Health Science from the State University of New York, Brockport, New York. In addition, Mr. Johnson was a tenured Professor at Ryukoku University, Faculty of Intercultural Communication in Kyoto, Japan.


Dalton Lorenz
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Dalton Lorenz
Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Lorenz earned a bachelors degree in mechanical aeronautical engineering from Clarkson University, located Potsdam, NY. He is currently in the process of earning his masters degree in analytics, with a focus on business analytics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Lorenz has relevant coursework experience in financial modeling, data visualization, regression, machine learning, time-series modeling and optimization.

Current Responsibilities: Mr. Lorenz is a mechanical engineer with more than 3 years of experience executing data-driven solutions to increase efficiency, durability and reliability of aircraft engines. He is experienced at creating automation scripts, FEA modeling and analyzing data to deliver solutions to complex business problems. His expertise includes ANSYS / HyperMesh / NX / Teamcenter / EXCEL, presenting technical data, leadership, Python / R / MATLAB / APDL, data mining / processing / modeling, collaboration and problem solving.

Past Experience: From 2017 to 2020, Mr. Lorenz served as a Mechanical Engineer for Pratt & Whitney, located in Middletown, CT. In this role, he obtained systems-level engineering insights through the engineering development program as a static structures, kinematic design and rotating structures engineer for the A320 NEO PIP High Pressure Compressor (HPC) commercial aircraft engine. He integrated innovative solutions through design, structural analysis and engine program reviews for the HPC Split Case, Stator Vane Actuation System, and three stages of integrally bladed rotors. He ensured parts met program requirements while also minimizing the weight through design iterations to hit key durability metrics. Mr. Lorenz created automation routines for structural analyses using ANSYS Parametric Design Language (APDL) and MATLAB to improve solution turnaround times as much as 80 percent. He developed a tool for the preliminary design phase using Python which reduces the iterative design feedback loop as much as 50 percent, while sacrificing about 10 percent in accuracy, for faster parts development, Additionally, Mr. Lorenz oversaw, mentored and aligned engineers as a team lead to ensure deadlines were met.

In the fall of 2014 and the summer of 2015, Mr. Lorenz served as Product Engineer Co-Op for Moog Space and Defense, located in East Aurora, NY. In this role, he designed, fabricated and assembled an orbital weld purge gas delivery stand and a hot water flush system, to progress the manufacturing capabilities of space products, He also conducted failure prevention via fault tree analysis for the EM Hellfire Missile and aided in failure investigations for critical space hardware.

Additionally, from 2019 to the present time, as an extracurricular activity, Mr. Lorenz has been working on a business valuation and screener tool. He developed web scraping tools to pull financial data from all S&P 500 companies back to their inception. He also implemented valuation strategies such as discounted cash flow analysis by using regression and exponential smoothing models to determine probable long-term growth rates.

Ross Nichols
Ross Nichols
Ross Nichols
Senior Leadership Consultant

Mr. Nichols serves AAC as a senior consultant for a variety of projects. He brings more than 30 years of proven leadership and management experience in a variety of military and civilian roles.

In the military, Mr. Nichols served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery. He is a graduate of the PLDC and BNCOC leadership schools, Army Air Assault School, Master Fitness School, Rappel Master Course, and the Military Operations on Urban Terrain Course. He earned several medals and distinctions, including the AUSA Leadership Award, U.S. Army NCO Association Leadership Initiative Award, and is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

Mr. Nichols worked more than 25 years in industry in various leadership roles within maintenance and operations organizations where he was a certified reliability engineer. He worked to improve asset reliability through asset strategy implementations and predictive and preventative maintenance measures. Mr. Nichols served as the operational excellence leader, where he led manufacturing excellence initiatives. His results earned him a reputation as an inspirational leader known and trusted for achieving excellent results, building cohesive teams, and affecting positive organizational change.

Building upon his leadership experience in military, civilian, maintenance, and operations, Mr. Nichols now serves as a Vice President for an educational non-profit organization where he teaches the language, literature, and lands of the Bible. He is an internationally known speaker on topics related to the Bible, and his popular talks are streamed on social media to a growing global audience. He frequently travels to Israel and leads several Holy Land Tours each year. Mr. Nichols is also a show host for Israel News Talk Radio. He is knowledgeable of the modern-day realities involved in past and present pursuits for peace in the Middle East. Mr. Nichols recently attended a course in Israel on Counterterrorism and Cyber Security and is actively engaged in countering antisemitism in every form.

Ron Sutphin
Ron Sutphin
Ron Sutphin
Small Arms SME and NRA Certified Teacher and tactics Expert

Mr. Sutphin supports the business development efforts of Advanced Automation Corporation (AAC) and performs research in to a wide variety of technical subject matter in support of proposal creation. He is an experienced technical writer and aptly expresses his knowledge of many years working as a military officer in the acquisition fields of systems engineering and program management.

Mr. Sutphin has 25 years of active military experience in strategic and tactical operations, command and control, nuclear warfare operations, and Joint Staff duties. He has been an instructor for multiple disciplines and continues to teach actively for the State of New York conservation program. In addition, Mr. Sutphin is state and federally licensed for the manufacture of firearms and National Firearms Act (NFA)-type weapons, and explosives. He has supported the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), Department of defense (DoD), and other state and national public safety organizations in preparedness training. He has been a supervisor for both military and civilian personnel for more than 30 years. He has experience in Federal Acquisition and is qualified Level II in Program Management and Systems Engineering. Mr. Sutphin has worked in the commercial industry performing program management and technical support for government organizations, as well as organic contract development support to various companies.

Mr. Sutphin has an extensive background in all aspects of firearms; firearms support technology, and explosives. Mr. Sutphin is an adjunct law enforcement training officer with the local sheriff’s office. Mr. Sutphin is certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a first responder instructor in counter-terrorism/counter-improvised explosive device (IED) and radiation HAZMAT awareness, and is certified as an emergency management, firearms and explosives training facilitator by local and federal public safety agencies.