International Expert on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Philip Kenul, Joins ECS

ECS, a leading provider of advanced technology, science, and engineering solutions, announced that Philip Kenul will join the company’s science and engineering division to consult on projects serving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A retired NOAA Corps rear admiral, Kenul held a variety of leadership roles during his 30 years with the federal agency. Kenul brings deep expertise in environmental research, aviation, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to his new role at ECS.


A Navy-trained pilot, Kenul served as a NOAA hurricane hunter, uniquely trained to maneuver P-3 maritime surveillance aircraft into the eyewall of hurricanes. The goal: to collect meteorological data to improve the accuracy of predicting tropical storms. During his tenure, Kenul was named the first director of NOAA’s Homeland Security Office and later assumed command of NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center.


At ECS, Kenul will support NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), developing policies and procedures for the safe implementation of agency-independent unmanned aviation operations. His areas of responsibility will include research, strategic development, and project management. Kenul will continue to serve as chairman of ASTM International’s Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a multinational initiative to develop standards to support the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace.


“The data gathered through scientific research at NOAA is fundamental to our nation’s security and stability,” Kenul stated. “I am honored to join this talented team of scientists and engineers at ECS, and to continue to serve and support NOAA’s mission.”


“Our commitment to being on the forefront of scientific research for the common good prompts us to strengthen our relationships with important federal customers like NOAA,” said George Wilson, president of ECS. “We are honored to welcome Phil, a celebrated leader in aviation, environmental research, and UAS standards.”


About ECS

ECS, a segment of ASGN, delivers advanced solutions and services in cloud, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), application and IT modernization, science, and engineering. The company solves critical, complex challenges for customers across the U.S. public sector, defense, intelligence and commercial industries. ECS maintains partnerships with leading cloud, cybersecurity, and AI/ML providers and holds specialized certifications in their technologies. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, ECS has more than 2,400 employees throughout the U.S. and has been recognized as a Top Workplace by The Washington Post for the last five years.


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