Ryan Ehinger is the Vice President and Program Director for Bell’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft / V-280 Valor, winner of the 2018 Aviation Week Defense Technology Laureate Award, 2019 Vertical Flight Society Grover E. Bell award, and Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New”. He joined Bell in 2004. Prior to taking his current position, Ryan had been a member of the V-280 Valor team through their Proposal, PDR, CDR, First Flight, and two years of flight test in IPT Manager, Chief Engineer, and Program Manager roles. Before joining the V-280 team in 2013 he served as the Program and Technology Manager for the Army/Bell Future Advanced Rotorcraft Drive System (FARDS) program. He also served as industry lead for the National Rotorcraft Technology Center – Vertical Lift Consortium drive systems technology area. As a member of the Vertical Flight Society, Ryan was Chairman of the 2012 and 2013 Propulsion Technical Committee and has authored/co-authored 16 technical papers. He was awarded the society’s François-Xavier Bagnoud award in 2008 for contributions to the rotorcraft industry by a member under the age of 35. Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University. Ryan holds twelve patents.