US DOD Experience (1997 – 2013)

Dr. Cicek has fifteen years of leadership experience in the United Stated Air Force projects and programs as both contractor and civil service employee. Dr. Cicek led the development of various engineering systems for platforms including C-5, C-17, KC-10, KC-135, and C-130 E/H/J. Dr. Cicek’s experience includes unmanned aerial vehicle development where he utilized the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Malfunction Data Recorder Analysis Recorder System (MADARS) development. He received many critical awards at the positions he served, due to the excellent team-work and his detail oriented and energetic personality. These include Terra Health’s Superior Client Award in 2009 and Engineering Excellence Award in 2010 as well as an appreciation letter from the USAF Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC), signed by the commander in charge. Dr. Cicek lectured Integrated Product Verification & Validation course at Raytheon in 2009, as part of the Ph.D. program between Texas Tech University and Raytheon.

USAF Aeromedical Test Lab, Chief/Lead Engineer (2008 – 2013)

May 08 – Sep 12

Chief Systems Engineer, US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (previously known as Aeronautical Systems Center), Aeromedical Test Lab (ATL), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, USA

  • Led Airworthiness activities (Safe-to Fly Test and Evaluation) for US Air Force, first as Sr. Engineer and then as Lead/Chief Engineer.
  • Completed Airworthiness’ Testing of over 20 equipment as Principal Investigator; tests for each equipment/device includes Vibration, Acceleration, EMI/EMC, Temperature/Humidity, Altitude, Rapid Decompression, NVD/NVG Device Compatibility, Sand/Dust, and Rain per MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and other applicable standards.
  • Analyzed Crash Testing of various equipment and devices using FEA for flight approval certification.
  • Authored Joint Enroute-Care Equipment Test Standard (JECETS)
  • Dr. Cicek was appointed as US Air Force Subject Matter Expert (USAF Lead SME), December 2011 by Col Faubian for Acceleration/Crash Test and Evaluations.

USAF C5 Aircraft Projects:


Lead/Sr. Engineer, BAE Systems (previously known as MTC Technologies, Inc. / OnBoard Systems Engineering Division / OnBoard Software Inc.), San Antonio, Texas, USA.

  • Lead Engineer for C5 aircraft Ground Processing Interface System
    • Software developed for processing the C5 aircraft data
  • Sr. Engineer, Developed Systems (modernization) for C5 Aircraft. (Anti-Skid System, …)
  • Completed significant work creating processes for several Process Areas with guidance from Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), Version 1.1.  Developed procedures, diagrams, standards, and forms for both CMMI Level 2 and Level 3 appraisals.
  • Developed systems for the UAV project: Net-landing system, catapult launch, Software-In-The-Loop and Hardware-In-The Loop-Tests
  • Sr. Engineer/Test Manager: Managed all test related issues in TIER II project for the delivery of SpyHawk UAVs for Marine Corps Warfighting Labrotary (MCWL);  Developed Acceptance Test Plan (ATP), Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM), and test cases and test procedures for the System Integration Lab (SIL) GCS tests.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Systems (UAS) Development/Team Experience


AirSurveil, Inc. –

A short yet an important experience gained in marketing and contract management along with management of some technical activities:

A shortime company establishment for developing/marketing UAVs for commercial users (could not continue, foreseing the global economy in early months of 2008)

  • Led the marketing and contracting efforts with Fred McClintock (RDS Global, Inc., Greater San Diego company)
  • Supported/Directed the engineering effort for tailoring the military system for use by the commercial users in the world market.
  • Managed the Tests (watch the UAS Video recorded during the tests and used as marketing material in 2008 (@AirSurveil, Inc.):

UAV Development Tests in 2008