Leslie Jay Cohen - Senior Vice President, New Business Development & Strategic Technology
Dr. Cohen joined HITCO in 2001. He served for 31 years at McDonnell
Douglas where he held positions of increasing responsibility in
Technology Operations and Business Development. As a Senior Director,
he directed all Business Development for MDAC in the Russian
Federation. He has published over 50 papers on Advanced Composite
design and development, is a lecturer in Advanced Composites and has
been awarded the USSR Gold Medal for Science and Technology, and a
Foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Judd Hall Award for Manufacturing of Composites
and SAMPE Fellow. He is a recipient of the prestigious George Lubin Award for excellence in composities from SAMPE. He holds
B.S, M.S., and Ph D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, and a
Fulbright Post Doctoral at the Technion Israel Institute of
Technology specializing in Structures and Materials.
Gerard Taccini - Vice President Programs
Mr. Taccini joined HITCO in 1985 and has held multiple positions of increasing responsibility including engineering, manufacturing management, sales and marketing and program management. He has extensive experience with carbon/carbon, carbon composites and complex composite assemblies for use in automotive, aerospace, chemical and industrial applications. Mr. Taccini earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineer from Northeastern University.