Bill Austin is a leader who has turned his dreams into reality. In January 1996, Bill launched Bill Austin & Associates, Inc., specializing in system engineering and assimilation of information in systems in manufacturing companies. For over two decades Bill has built a solid foundation of business partners by helping them bridge the gaps wherever there was a need. His keen eye for selecting and developing talent has allowed him to acquire experienced staff and expertise to provide solutions to complex engineering problems.
Bill’s experience includes 7 years with the U. S. Navy as a project manager on the Trident Missile Fire Control System. During his 14 years in engineering and management at a commercial heavy equipment manufacturer, Bill led efforts in designing controls, information systems, diagnostics/OBD, and support systems for mobile electronics. These efforts resulted in the industry’s first regulated-product software delivery systems, as well as one of the first industrialized portable computers.
Affiliated with SAE since 1982, Bill helped create the first environmental and data link standards for mobile, heavy equipment. He has also published papers that covered topics varying from sensor development to the maintenance of electronics for heavy-duty vehicles. This includes serving ten years as chairman and session organizer for SAE conferences which focused on system engineering and its use within the heavy-duty vehicle industry. He has also held various roles in IEEE and INCOSE including helping found the INCOSE Crossroads of America chapter as the first president.
Bill Austin holds a BSEE degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology...go Fighting Engineers- the No. 1 ranked engineering undergrad school in the US.
Bill brings diverse business and engineering experiences to BAA. After audio engineering financed his graduate school, he joined Cummins Engine Company then transitioned into Cummins Electronics. His work ranged from advanced driveline and engine control team leader, program management, external business development, to product management and planning. He moved to Pi Research USA as their General Manager, a company that provided services and data acquisition systems and control electronics for motor racing markets including NASCAR and Indycar. Additionally they developed engine and powertrain control products for US based commercial customers. Eventually, Bill heeded a calling as President for a non-profit aviation membership association and continued on their board of directors after his tenure while he formed his own company continuing to consult in the governmental relations and regulatory affairs. His business provided other engineering services including developing and producing submersible remote operated robotic inspection systems for water storage facilities.
Bill has a BSEE and MBA from the University of Illinois. He has published with the Society of Automotive Engineers and authored over 50 aviation journal articles and a hang gliding instructional text book. Bill joined his old Cummins friend Bill Austin in 2009 and currently handles regulatory requirements, engineering and business development at BAA.
Ingrid has worked in business management previous to BAA. She’s been in several areas of BAA including requirements tracking, Human Resources and business process development. Previously she’s played a key role in developing and managing the Human Resources Department of BAA which included recruiting, onboarding and employee relations. Her current efforts are focused more on Marketing and Business Development as the BAA Business Resource Manager.
She is currently assisting with the expansion of BAA into a broader marketplace and positioning BAA to be a key player in the Information Engineering field. Ingrid strives to help make BAA a fun, successful place to work. She has a degree in German and minor in Business from Valparaiso University.
Jennifer joined BAA in 2010. She began her career at Allison Gas Turbine as a test engineer where her duties included developing instructions and directing build and test for experimental design verification, certification, and qualification validation of gas turbine engines.
Much of her focus with BAA has been on the translation of regulatory requirements and the delivery of those requirements through PLM tools such as Teamcenter and Integrity. She has also been called on heavily for her project management skills which have been used to drive many projects forward for BAA. She manages employees along with customer relationships for BAA. Most recently she has turned her attention toward business development and serving on the BAA management team.
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