Michael J. Dreikorn, Ed.D.


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President of The IPL Group, LLC


Dr. Michael Dreikorn has extensive leadership and technical experience in the aviation, space, and defense (AS&D) industry, both public and private sector. His portfolio of experience and education makes him a rare asset for any client.  Dr. Dreikorn’s product expertise includes space vehicles, general aviation, commercial transport aircraft, and military aircraft, for both fixed and rotor wing applications, as well as, missiles, military products, and naval vessels.

Dr. Dreikorn’s rich experience facilitates an unparalleled capability in the areas of regulatory compliance, management responsibility, government contracts, quality, production, maintenance, supplier management, product certification, and human factors in design, production, and maintenance.  He also applies his leadership experience in personally overseeing each client engagement.

His decades of experience reflects the entire working lifecycle of the AS&D professional.  From mechanic to quality engineer, to executive, to regulator, Dr. Dreikorn truly understands the workings of the AS&D industrial systems and the rules that prescribe requirements.

Some of Michael's past leadership positions include:

  • Principal Partner
    ASD Experts (’09-Present)
  • President
    The IPL Group, LLC (’02-Present)
  • Executive Director

The Aerospace and Defense Learning Institute ('04 - Present)

  • Vice President of Quality Assurance and Product Integrity
    Pratt & Whitney (United Technologies Corporation) (’98-’02)
  • Assistant Division Manager (AIR-201)
    Production & Airwo
    rthiness Division of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington D.C (’95-’98)
  • Director Operations and Quality
    Edge Technologies (’95)
  • Director Operations and Quality
    Buderus Sell Aviation (’91-’94)
  • Other technical/leadership positions at:
    • McDonnell Douglas (’87-’91)
    • Northrop Electronics (’87)
    • Airspur Helicopters ('83)
    • U.S. Army (’80-’87)

His educational accomplishments include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Masters of Science in Management from Friends University
  • Doctorate in Education in Human Resource and Organizational Development from The George Washington University's Executive Leadership Program

Special appointments include:

  • Selected by the Secretary of the Navy to the Expert Consulting Team to the Secretary of the Navy Advisory Committee to Investigate U.S. Navy Acquisition Processes (2009)
  • Led the Blue Ribbon Investigation Panel for Lycoming Engines Crankshaft Failures (2002-2005)

Professional awards include:

  • The William Goeller Award of Excellence; The Aviation, Space & Defense Division of the American Society for Quality (2009)


He also holds/has held professional affiliation, including:

  • The Aerospace and Defense Learning Institute (ADLI) - Founder/Executive Director ('04-Present)
  • Society of Naval Architects Quality Committee ('10-Present) - Founding Member
  • Performance Review Institute - NADCAP (SAE) - Board Member ('98-'02)
  • KPMG Quality Registrar - Technical Advisory Committee ('96-’02)
  • Society for Organizational Learning (at MIT) - Research Committee Member ('98-'02)
  • American Society for Quality (Sr. Member ’93- Present)
    • Aviation, Space and Defense Division – Past Chair (’03-’06) Education Chair (’06-Present)
  • International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) – (Founding member) Council Member ('98-'02) Member At Large (’02-Present)
  • Government and Industry Quality Liaison Panel (GIQLP) - FAA Representative ('96-'98) (V.P. Gore Silver Hammer Award recipient)
  • Aeronautical Repair Station Association  - Member (‘04-present)
  • American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics - Senior Member (‘93- present)


Author of:

  • The Standard of Knowledge for the Aviation, Space and Defense Quality Practitioner:  The AS&D Quality BoK (CPK Publishing, 2012)  Book
  • Development and Sustainment of Process-Based Ontological Engineering based Bodies of Knowledge: KMS 10001:2011 (The Center for Professional Knowledge, 2011) Standard
  • The Aviation, Space and Defense Industry Quality Body of Knowledge (BoK) – General Narrative of the AS&D Quality Profession: ADLI-Q001:2011 (The Aerospace and Defense Learning Institute, 2011) Standard
  • What’s on the horizon: More changes in the air for the U.S. aviation industry (Quality Progress, November, 2009) Journal Article
  • Exploring the application of process mapping in the ontological engineering of a Body of Knowledge of the Supplier Quality Engineer profession (The George Washington University, December 5, 2008) Dissertation
  • Operationalizing Communities of Practice (Chief Learning Officer, October 2007) Journal Article
  • The Synergy of One: Creating High Performing Sustainable Organizations through Integrated Performance Leadership; (Quality Press 2004) Book
  • Turbulence Forecasted for AS&D Industry: (Quality Progress, March 2004) Journal Article
  • ASQ Comment on Columbia Shuttle Accident Report (Quality Press, September 2003) Journal Article
  • Aviation Industry Quality Systems: ISO9000 and The Federal Aviation Regulations; (Quality Press/TSI, 1995) Book (also available in Japanese from the Japan Defense Institute)

He also holds or has held professional certificates, include:

  • US Department of Labor: Journeyman Helicopter Mechanic (‘86 - Present)
  • Federal Aviation Administration: Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (‘83 - Present)
  • Federal Aviation Administration: Inspection Authorization (‘87 - Present)
  • Federal Aviation Administration: Designated Airworthiness Representative – Unlimited Manufacturing (DAR) (‘03-‘08)
  • International Register of Certificated Auditors: Lead Auditor – Aerospace Quality Management Systems (‘93-‘99)
  • International Civil Aviation Organization - TrainAir Plus Certified Trainier/Course Developer ('13 - Present)


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