Kaman Aerospace’s Clifford Gunsallus Selected Chairman of the Board for CRI
Jan. 2, 2008, Bloomfield, CT - Kaman Aerospace’s Clifford Gunsallus selected chairman of the Center for Rotorcraft Innovation, Inc.
Jan. 2, 2008, Bloomfield, CT- Clifford Gunsallus, vice president of engineering for the Helicopters Division of Kaman Aerospace Corp., has been selected chairman of the board of directors of the Center for Rotorcraft Innovation, Inc. (CRI).
CRI is a consortium of industry and academia that conducts collaborative pre-competitive research and development and technology transfer with the U.S. government. “Our mission is to bring together the best of the U.S. helicopter industry, academic and government institutions to enhance this country’s preeminence in rotorcraft technology,” Gunsallus said.
Gunsallus has served in various positions of leadership with Kaman over the past 25 years after graduating from Syracuse University. His experience has been focused on composite and metallic structures, on-blade controls, rotor analysis and helicopter and rotor dynamics and stability.
CRI works with government agencies, primarily the U.S. Army, to assure continued U.S. military rotorcraft superiority. A key focus is to develop critical technologies that enhance performance and mission effectiveness, safety and reliability and cost effectiveness. The group also works to foster dual military and commercial use of advanced rotorcraft technologies.
Kaman Aerospace Corp. is a subsidiary of Kaman Corp. of Bloomfield, Conn. The subsidiary markets and supports its SH-2G and K-MAX helicopters; is a subcontractor for complex metallic and composite structures and components for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft; and designs and manufactures fuzing devices for the U.S. and allied militaries.
Kaman Corp. conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets.