Dr. Michael J. Dreikorn

Michael J. Dreikorn, Ed.D. - Principal Partner

Dr. M. Dreikorn
Michael J. Dreikorn, Ed.D. - Principal Partner

Dr. Michael Dreikorn has extensive organizational leadership and technical experience in the aviation, space, and defense (AS&D) industry, both public and private sector. His portfolio of experience and education makes him a rare asset for any client. Dr. Dreikorn's product expertise includes space vehicles, general aviation, commercial transport aircraft, and military aircraft, for both fixed and rotor wing applications, as well as, missiles, military products, and naval vessels.

Dr. Dreikorn's rich experience delivers unparalleled capability in the areas of regulatory compliance, management responsibility, government contracts, quality, production, maintenance, supplier management, product certification, and human factors in design, production, maintenance, and flight operations. When it comes to establishing the most capable and credible team of experts, Dreikorn's leadership experience and industry capability is unmatched.

His nearly four decades of experience reflects the entire working lifecycle of the AS&D industry. From mechanic to quality engineer, to regulator, to industry executive, Dr. Dreikorn truly understands the inner-workings of the AS&D industrial systems and the rules that prescribe requirements and expected performance.


Areas of Expertise

  • AS&D Product Certification
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • FAA Regulations
  • DFAR/FAR Contracts
  • NASA Contracts
  • Supplier Control
  • Management Responsibility
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Aircraft Design
  • AS&D Product Production
  • Tooling
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Human Factors
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Risk Management Assessments
  • Product Liability
  • Naval Shipbuilding
  • Professional Training
  • AS&D Product Market Assessments

Some of Michael's leadership positions include

  • Principal Partner
  • ASD Experts ('09-Present)
  • President
  • The IPL Group, LLC ('02-Present)
  • Executive Director
  • The Aerospace and Defense Learning Institute ('04 - Present)
  • Vice President of Quality Assurance and Product Integrity
  • Pratt & Whitney (United Technologies Corporation) ('98-'02)
  • Assistant Division Manager (AIR-201)
  • Production & Airworthiness Division of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington D.C ('95-'98)
  • Director Operations and Quality
  • Edge Technologies ('95)
  • Director Operations and Quality
  • Buderus Sell Aviation ('91-'94)
  • Other technical/leadership positions at:
    • McDonnell Douglas ('87-'91)
    • Northrop Electronics ('87)
    • Airspur Helicopters ('83)
    • U.S. Army ('80-'87)

His educational accomplishments include

  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Masters of Science in Management from Friends University
  • Certificate in Executive Leadership from the UTC Executive Program at the Darden School of Business (UVA)
  • Doctorate in Education in Human Resource and Organizational Development from The George Washington University's Executive Leadership Program

Some of his professional certificates, include

  • US Department of Labor: Journeyman Helicopter Mechanic ('86 - Present)
  • Federal Aviation Administration: Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic ('83 - Present)
  • Federal Aviation Administration: Inspection Authorization ('87 - Present)
  • Federal Aviation Administration: Designated Airworthiness Representative - Unlimited Manufacturing (DAR) ('03 - '08)
  • International Register of Certificated Auditors: Lead Auditor - Aerospace Quality Management Systems ('93 - '99)
  • International Civil Aviation Organization - TrainAir Plus Certified Trainier ('13 - Present)

Special appointments include

  • Selected by the Secretary of the Navy to the Expert Consulting Team to the Secretary of the Navy Advisory Committee to Investigate U.S. Navy Acquisition Processes (2009)
  • Led the Blue Ribbon Investigation Panel for Lycoming Engines Crankshaft Failures (2002-2005)

Professional awards include

  • Fellow: American Society for Quality (2013)
  • The William Goeller Award of Excellence: American Society for Quality, Aviation, Space & Defense Division (03/2009)
  • Service Award: International Aerospace Quality Group (2004)
  • Various military medals and awards: U.S. Army (1980-1987)

He also holds/has held professional affiliation, including

  • The Aerospace and Defense Learning Institute (ADLI) - Founder/Executive Director ('04-Present)
  • Society of Naval Architects Quality Committee ('10-Present) - Founding Member
  • Performance Review Institute - NADCAP (SAE) - Board Member ('98-'02)
  • KPMG Quality Registrar - Technical Advisory Committee ('96-'02)
  • Society for Organizational Learning (at MIT) - Research Committee Member ('98-'02)
  • American Society for Quality (Fellow '93- Present)
  • Aviation, Space and Defense Division - Past Chair ('03-'06) Education Chair ('06-Present)
  • International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) - (Founding member) Council Member ('98-'02) Member At Large ('02-Present)
  • Government and Industry Quality Liaison Panel (GIQLP) - FAA Representative ('96-'98) (V.P. Gore Silver Hammer Award recipient)
  • Aeronautical Repair Station Association - Member ('04-present)
  • American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics - Senior Member ('93-present)

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