Rob Pettit has over 25 years of experience in the software engineering industry with expertise in large-scale, mission-critical software systems. Dr. Pettit is internationally recognized in the fields of model-based software engineering; real-time software systems; and in the Ada programming language. Currently, Dr. Pettit co-leads the Flight Software and Embedded Systems (FSES) Office of The Aerospace Corporation, which is tasked with continuous improvement for FSES mission support. Dr. Pettit also leads corporate research efforts to advance the state of FSES related technologies. Dr. Pettit has taught numerous industrial and academic courses on software design, development, and analysis. Dr. Pettit is very active in the professional community, serving as program and general chair for multiple international conferences, and delivering presentations at international forums. In addition to his full-time position at Aerospace, Dr. Pettit has served as an Adjunct Professor at both George Mason University and Virginia Tech, teaching graduate courses in software engineering, software design, and real-time embedded systems. Dr. Pettit received his B.S., Computer Science degree in 1991 from the University of Evansville, his M.S., Software Systems Engineering degree in 1995 from the George Mason University, and his Ph.D. in Information Technology / Software Engineering from George Mason University in 2003. Dr. Pettit is a Senior Member of the IEEE.