Mr. Smith has successfully managed or contributed substantially to each EMEDS application since its inception. These include especially the adaptation of EMEDS to the stabilizers and wing tips of the Marine Multi-Mission Aircraft, (The Boeing Company) the Premier 1 Hybrid Ice Protection System, the Hawker 4000 (previously Horizon) Horizontal Stabilizer Ice Protection System, and the Honda Light Jet Airplane Horizontal Stabilizer Ice Protection System. He has managed each of these programs to a successful conclusion, has communicated with each customer and subcontractor, and has directed Cox resources including engineering, Quality Control, Manufacturing and Customer Support.
Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has served in various departments and programs during his time at Cox, holding positions such as Quality Assurance Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Project Engineer and Engineering Project Manager.
Mr. Nocera joined Cox & Company in 2020. He is currently responsible for overseeing the Accounting, Human Resources, and Payroll Departments as well as administering the 401(k), ESOP, risk management and treasury processes. He has over 30 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defense industry working at companies such as Telephonics Corporation, L3 Technologies and Curtiss-Wright. Prior to joining Cox, Mr. Nocera held various positions of financial leadership including Controller, VP of Finance and Chief Financial Officer throughout his career.
Mr. Nocera has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and an M.B.A. from Dowling College, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Taxation from Long Island University (C.W. Post). He is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in NY.
Dr. Al-Khalil has been employed at Cox & Company since 1994. He was the Principal Investigator of three NASA SBIR contracts that successfully completed Phase-II developments of new ice protection system technologies and ice crystal simulation in icing wind tunnels. Dr. Al-Khalil holds two patents on Cox Hybrid Ice Protection Systems that are currently used on two business jets and a large UAV aircraft. Also, Dr. Al-Khalil was the project lead to design and fabricate a new spray bar system for simulating high altitude ice crystal environments in the NASA Glenn Propulsion Systems Lab. He has led thermal ice protection system programs for heated fairings and engine intakes on fixed wing and rotorcraft, and directs the development of new low power de-icing technologies.
He holds a Doctorate in Engineering Science from the University of Toledo where he studied the physics of runback water on thermally anti-iced aircraft surfaces. He worked in the Icing Technology Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center, as a recipient of a National Research Council award. While at NASA, Dr. Al-Khalil developed the ANTICE computer code for electro-thermal and hot air anti-icing systems simulation, which is currently integrated in the NASA LEWICE icing simulation code.
Ms. Santala joined Cox & Co. in 2020 with a background in aerospace manufacturing as Director of Quality for John Hassall, manufacturer of custom, high-precision metal fasteners for engine systems. Her experience includes quality system management, final inspection, continuous improvement and root cause - corrective action investigation.
Laura holds a B.S. in Materials Engineering and M.S. in Materials Science/Metallurgy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She also has certifications from the American Society for Quality in Quality Management, Audit and Lean Six Sigma.
After working as a design engineer at General Electric for one year, Mr. Bozek joined Cox & Company in 1986, just one year after graduating from Manhattan College with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. As a design and project engineer, he worked on mechanical packaging of temperature controllers along with heater designs for a number of electro-thermal ice protection systems. His job responsibilities include work on: Aerospatiale Dauphin Ice Protection System, Apache Nose Gear Box Fairing and Controller, B-1B Vane Electrical Heating System and the Saab 340 Heated Engine Inlets. He received his MS degree from Columbia University in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 with a specialization in thermal system designs.
In 1992, he was promoted to the position of Senior Project Engineer for all composite programs within the company. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Manager of Customer Support, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations with all customers from a technical and administrative perspective, including field service operations. He expanded the company's training and familiarization programs, which assisted the end users with the operational attributes of Cox's products. In 2007, he was promoted to Marketing Manager and put in charge of all new proposals and direct sales and marketing activities. After playing a key role in a number of new programs involving the P-8A, AW129, AW189, B777, B787, A350 and AH-64E, he was promoted to his present position to focus on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and new product development.
Mr. Karalekas joined Cox & Company in 1998. He began working in our Customer Support department with the main function of overseeing customer returns on our Saab 340 engine anti ice inlet product line. Since that time, he has assumed the position of Sales Manager where he currently oversees the Contracts and Customer Support Department. While attending college and prior to working at Cox Gus worked with American Airlines as a customer service representative.
Mr. Karalekas holds a Masters of Business Administration in General Business Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from Dowling College.
Mr. Persaud joined Cox in 1989 as an electrical test inspector. Since that time, he has moved to his current position of Director of Operations where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the following departments: composite fabrication and finishing, electronics assembly, temperature control, de-icing assembly, and facilities.
Mr. Persaud holds education certificates in Radio and Electronics Servicing, Technical Telecommunication, and Managerial Techniques for Supervisors.
Mr. Fetter joined Cox & Company in 2010. He has over 20 years experience in infrastructure, systems technology, and operations management. Throughout his career he has held a number of leadership positions working as a Consultant, Systems Manager, Manager of Information Systems, and as a Director of Information Systems.
Most recently, Adam worked as the Director of Information Systems for DOAR Litigation Consulting, a premier litigation consulting firm. His experience at DOAR includes a strong emphasis on cutting edge enterprise level technology solutions, best practices, and consistency. He brings his depth of experience, technical skills, and management capabilities to his current position where he is in charge of Infrastructure, Systems, Communication Technologies, Security & Compliance, and Technical Support.
Mr. Fetter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Old Westbury.