J. Keith Sowell


SEDS Alumni and Educator



J. Keith Sowell
13727 SW 152 St #723, Miami, FL 33177
Phone: 321-747-5254 • Email: • Profile:
Executive Summary
• Highly skilled and competent Aerospace Professional with more than forty years of aerospace industry
experience as an FAA Certified Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Aircraft Inspector, FAA/FCC Certified
Avionics Technician, Aircraft Sheet Metal and Structural Technician, Aerospace Project Manager, FAA
Repair Station/Airline Director of Maintenance, and Earth Science Tutor. Proven ability in cultivating
productive relationships with clients and partners, professional team leadership, a demonstrated ability to
multi-task, and the ability to think outside of the box
• M.Sc. in Space Studies with Planetary Sciences, American Public University (2015)
• B.Sc. in Aeronautics with Aviation Business Administration, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1999)
Professional Experience
Earth Sciences Tutor
• Professional Tutors of America (01/2016-Present): Serve as Veterans Program
Earth Sciences Tutor
Owner/Aerospace Contractor and Consultant
Sowell Aerospace Consulting, Titusville, FL (11/2002-06/2016)
• Served as Aerospace Contractor and Consultant, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Aircraft Inspector,
and Aviation Project Manager. Performed project management in aircraft maintenance and inspections
Aircraft Maintenance Technician/Sheet Metal and Structural Technician/Aircraft Inspector
STS Services, Jensen Beach, FL (11/1994-11/2002)
• Performed aircraft maintenance, inspections, sheet metal/structural repairs to include passenger to cargo
structural modifications, and avionics installations on B-707/727/737/747/757/767, DC-8/9, A-320/321
aircraft for Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Singapore Technologies, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines,
FedEx, Airborne Express, and structural repairs on “Air Force One” with General Electric
Owner/Aerospace Contractor and Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Sowell Aeromechanical, Little Rock, AR (06/1990-11/1994)
• Performed aircraft maintenance, 100 hour/annual inspections, and sheet metal/structural repairs
• Served as contracted Director of Maintenance for International Air, Russellville, AR (1990-91)
Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Other Short Term Contracts
• Aircraft Maintenance Technician for Central Flying Service, Little Rock, AR (1990)
• Assistant Paint Shop Manager and Flight Control Specialist for Aspen Aviation, Mena, AR (1989)
• Aircraft Maintenance Technician for Rich Mountain Aviation, Mena, AR (1988)
Assistant Manager
C & J Heating and Air, El Dorado, AR (06/1986-06/1988)
• Served as HVAC Shop Assistant Manager and Sheet Metal Fabrication Specialist, fabricating HVAC duct
work, managing a shop, and managing workers onsite for commercial heating and air installations
Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Technician
U.S. Air Force (06/1973-06/1986)
• Performed Aircraft Maintenance on F-4D, A-7D, F-111E, and A-10A Aircraft (1973-1986)
• Served as Chairman of Safety Services with the rank of GS-11 (Equivalent=USAF Major) for the
American Red Cross in England. Implemented the first safety program for the USAF Buddy Care System
which was adopted by the USAF worldwide. In charge of the entire Red Cross Safety Services program
and the Chief Instructor for over 200 First Aid Instructors for all (4) USAF Bases in England (1981-1982)
• Served as Training and Safety Manager for the USAF Crash Recovery Flight in England and trained
USAF personnel for the emergency recovery of the NASA Space Shuttles STS 1-3 (1982)
• Served as USAF NCOIC of Remote Logistics Operations, managed several logistics personnel, and
staged aircraft cargo and personnel for deployments to remote locations worldwide (1982-1985)
Professional License and Certifications
• FAA Certified Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Airframe/Power Plant Ratings (A&P) License (1988),
• FAA Certified Private Pilot-ASEL License (1989)
• FCC General Radiotelephone Operators Permit (Commercial Radio and Avionics License) (2000)
• Microsoft Certified Windows OS Installation Specialist (2002), and Microsoft Office Specialist (2005)
• CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Technician (2010)
Professional Publications
• Master’s Thesis: “Making Larger and More Durable Space Station Ships for Solar System Exploration”,
American Public University System (APUS) Library (09/2015)
• Published Author: “Making Larger Space Station Ships for Solar System Exploration” by Lambert
Academic Publishing (ISDN 978-3659914829), available on (06/2016)
Professional Associations and Volunteer Activities
• Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and serve as “STEM Subcommittee
Chair” on both the AIAA Space Colonization Technical Committee and AIAA History Technical Committee,
and serve as the AIAA Cape Canaveral Section Education Director
• Planetary Society East Florida Outreach Coordinator
• NASA OSIRIS-REx Mission Ambassador
• Astronomers Without Borders Member
• Students for Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) Alumni Member and Educator
• Mars Generation Founding Member and Student Space Ambassador/Educator
• National Space Society Member serving on the Enterprise in Space Education Team