Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 1:10 PM PDT
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(Saturday, June 19, 2021) The Tuskegee Airmen, Juneteenth Celebration, and African American Aerospace Professionals Panel Discussion


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AIAA LA-LV Juneteenth Celebration Event


Special Message from Congressman Levin


(Part I)

The Tuskegee Airmen



Mr. Harvey Hawks

Historian for the Sam Bruce Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

Docent (tour guide and educator) at The Museum of Flight, Seattle

Boeing commercial airplane weight & balance analysis on SST, B747 and B767 programs – Retired


U. S. Army Missile Project Office

General Dynamics, Pomona

Aircraft Structural Design on DC-8 and DC-10 at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach


(Part II)

Juneteenth Celebration
African American Aerospace Professionals
Panel Discussion


Mr. Harvey Hawks

(Sam Bruce Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.)

Mr. Michael (Mike) Wallace

(Associate Director of Systems Engineering. Raytheon)

Mr. Shelby Jacobs

(Former Apollo Engineer with an NASA Prime Contractor (“ROCKWELL Int”., now a part of BOEING Co))

Dr. Christianna Taylor

(Founder and CEO, Intelligence Space)


Mr. Gary Moir

(Gary A Moir & Assoc, Inc.)
(AIAA LA-LV Technical Chair)


(More TBA)


Learn the story behind the creation, training, and operational history of the 332nd Fighter Group and 477th Bomber Group during World War II, made up of African-American pilots who were otherwise excluded from flying for their country. Docent Harvey Hawks, also a member of the Sam Bruce Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to sharing the stories of the original Airmen and inspiring the next generation of African-American aerospace professionals, gives a comprehensive overview of the origins of the program, and the individual stories of people involved in the Tuskegee Airmen.

Mr. Harvey Hawks lives in Bellevue Washington and is currently a docent (tour guide and educator) at The Museum of Flight, Seattle. He is also the Historian for the Sam Bruce Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. 

Harvey earned a B. S. in Aerospace Engineering from Tri-State University, Angola, Indiana and Professional Engineering license from Washington state. He worked in the U. S. Army Missile Project Office, General Dynamics, Pomona; Aircraft Structural Design on DC-8 and DC-10 at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach. He moved to Boeing commercial airplane weight & balance analysis on SST, B747 and B767 programs. He spent 15 years, until retirement in 1995, as a Customer Engineer coordinating foreign airline accounts including British Airways, South China, Air Zimbabwe and Air 2000. 


Harvey has a strong interest in all aspects of aviation. His other hobbies include bowling, golf, sports cars (Corvette owner), airplanes (private pilot), travel and grandparenting. He is active in the Community of Christ church as a lay minister and teacher. Along with his wife, Ada, he raised three children and has eleven grandchildren.

General Order No. 3,

June 19, 1865


Michael (Mike) Wallace

Michael (Mike) Wallace has more than 35 years in the aerospace industry in various technical positions from project engineering, to project management and systems engineering. He currently works as an Associate Director of Systems Engineering at Raytheon Corporation where he is the SEIT IPT Lead managing a multi-million dollar Foreign Military Sales (FMS) FA/18 Radar Program. Prior to his current position, Mike work for Northrop Grumman where he had roles of increasing responsibility ranging from, but not limited to, the Avionics Systems Engineering Department Manager, Deputy Systems Engineering Integration & Test (SEIT) IPT Manager on a Special Program, and the B-2 Technical Integration IPT manager. He also served as the acting Director of Systems Engineering, where he helped organize and manage a systems engineering functional organization of over 500 people.Prior to Northrop Grumman, Mike worked for Teledyne Electronics Safety Products (ESP) as a project manager, where he led a team of engineers from various engineering disciplines in successfully developing sequencing products for the United States (U.S.) Navy and U.S. Air Force. Mike also served 4 years in the United States Air Force on active duty, plus 11 years with the United States Civil Service at Edwards AFB, CA.Mike has been involved in many extra curricula activities. He was a mentor at Northrop Grumman “Pay it Forward” mentoring program. He served as a mentor in the Leadership Development Program (LDP) for two years and he has mentored in the System Engineering Associate (SEA) Program. Mike was a Systems Engineering and Integration instructor at California State University of Long Beach for 5 years and he also taught Algebra, Statistics and Calculus at Antelope Valley College for 13 years. Mike has been involved in the systems engineering community since 2004 and he was the President of the International Council on Systems Engineering Los Angeles (INCOSE-LA) Chapter in 2014 and the Vice President of the International Council on Systems Engineering LA-Chapter in 2013. He was also a committee member on the Antelope Valley Mathematics Science Engineering and Technology (MSET) for 5 years. His level of involvement was to support the local high schools in planning curriculum for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) related programs.In 2018, Mr. Wallace was the Key Note Speaker for the California State University of Long Beach Antelope Valley Engineering program. Mr. Wallace received an award from the San Fernando Valley Council of Engineers for his effort and support in helping the B-2 Enterprise obtain a level 5 rating for CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) in 2007. In 2008, he received an award from the San Fernando Valley Council of Engineers for providing system engineering support on the B-2 Radar Modernization Program.Mike Wallace, 2019 Bio Page 2Mike has a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MS in Engineering Management from California State University of Northridge (CSUN) and an Engineer’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC). He has completed a Graduate Certificate in System Architecture and Engineering from USC, a Certificate in Systems Engineering from California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) and a Certificate in Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt from the University of Villanova. He is also a Raytheon Sig Sigma Specialist and he has completed his Raytheon Program Manager Certification – IPT Lead (PM Level 6 and PM Level 5).


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