Gregory Powers

Global Market Leader, Aerospace & Defense Performance Solutions Division, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc

Q: How long have you been involved with The Open Group?

A:  W.L. Gore & Associates joined the SOSA™ Consortium within The Open Group in September of 2017, but had been interacting with FACE™ and HOST people for years in advance via other industry and standards activities.


Q. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
A:  I act as Global Market Leader, Aerospace & Defense within Gore's Performance Solutions Division.  In this role, I am responsible for market development relative to program engagement and opportunity capture, as well as portfolio guidance, technology assessment and new product initiation.


Q: Why did your organization become a member of The Open Group SOSA™ Consortium and what does your involvement look like? 
A:  Gore has a variety of connectivity and packaging technologies, including industry and application knowledge, well suited for SOSA applications.  We are primarily involved in the Electro-Mechanical Working Group (EMWG), but closely follow the Hardware Working Group and monitor/follow the others as well.  As mentioned earlier, Gore had been working numerous adjacent standards groups and market associations that are complementary to the SOSA Consortium.  I am presently Vice-Chair of the EMWG.


Q: How has membership in The Open Group benefited you, your organization and the industry at large?
A:  Gore's membership has expanded our industry network, formalized our participation in shaping the SOSA standard and allowed us to advance the state-of-the-art for sensor connectivity.  Modernizing advanced sensor system connectivity, while assuring mechanical and electrical integrity, is our primary goal.


Q: What contributions do you hope to bring to The Open Group?
A:  Gore is assertively acting to contribute to SOSA element connectivity, optimizing mechanical and electrical integrity while enabling open architecture.  We have a 60 year heritage in Aerospace & Defense, are on the moon and mars, and in platforms such as the F-35 in mission and life critical applications.  We have extensive application knowledge that we intend to share within the SOSA initiative to enable the most advanced sensor connectivity available.


Q: Why is it important for other organizations to join The Open Group?
A:  The Open Group represents a community shaping the fielding of technology.  The SOSA Consortium specifically will have massive Aerospace & Defense sensor system influence for decades to come, enabling optimized technical integration, contracting and agile deployment of scalable, upgrade-able C4ISR/EW systems.


Q: What are your hobbies?
A:  Yes - now the serious questions!  I have several hobbies, including spending time with my family and pets, motorcycling, marksmanship and travel.  I am not sure maintaining my home is a hobby, but I'll put it on the list!!


Q: What book are you currently reading?
A:  "Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick:  People, Probabilities, and Big Moves to Beat the Odds" by Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt & Sven Smit


Q.  What social networks do you belong to?
A:  I am very selective relative to social media networks, personally engaging only in LinkedIn.  Other professional networks and associations often include some sort of standards activity, including The Open Group SOSA Consortium, VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA), Society of Aerospace Engineering (SAE), Military Vetronics Association (MILVA), and a few others.


Q: Any last thoughts?
A:  It is an honor to be the present Vice-Chair of the SOSA EMWG.  I strongly believe The Open Group is doing a great service for our industry by hosting the initiative and I am proud to be a part of the team.



Gregory Powers serves as the Global Market Leader, Aerospace & Defense, within Gore’s Performance Solutions Division.


Aerospace and Defense is one of Gore’s original industries, featuring a extensive heritage including involvement in the US moon landings, rover exploration of Mars and participation in prestigious programs such as the Lockheed Martin’s F-35 and Airbus’ A-350. Mr. Powers is responsible for identification, development and marketing of next generation products and technologies, as well as identifying and engaging emerging markets and opportunities.


Since joining industry in 1985, Mr. Powers has held a variety of positions including development engineering, field application engineering, sales, national account management and industry management.


Mr. Powers received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA, has completed numerous graduate levels studies and holds two patents relative to optic datacom devices.  He currently resides with his family near Seattle, WA.



March 2019



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