George Mitchell is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Engineering Technology in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette. His teaching focus is on aircraft systems and science, teaching the crossover course that allows non-aviation majors to gain exposure to aviation topics. He served in the United States Air Force from 1978 to 2009, where he served as a jet engine mechanic on J79-17A engines and taught in the USAF tech school for jet engine mechanics. He then went on to serve as missile combat crew senior instructor on the Minuteman III ICBM weapon system and fleet manager for the Chilean Air Force A-37 fleet in Santiago, Chile. Next he was a maintenance manager for back shop and flight line maintenance on the C-5A/B, maintenance squadron commander and deployed group commander for a KC-135 wing, a maintenance squadron commander for a C-130 wing, then chief of maintenance policy and maintenance training for Air Mobility Command and deployed as a mentor to the commander of the Afghan National Army overhaul depot, Kabul, Afghanistan. Since leaving active duty George has worked in military scenario writing, manufacturing, and government compliance before returning to teaching and aviation at Purdue.
B.S. Instruction of Technology, Eastern Illinois University.
M.S. Public Administration, Wilmington University.