Mark Skryzowski, GE Aviation Engineering Project Manager – C919 Nacelle Program
Nexcelle benefits from the skills and capabilities of the employee teams at its two parent companies: Safran Nacelles and GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems. The following article is part of a series of profiles on the unique personalities that are shaping Nexcelle’s role in the future of integrated propulsion systems.
October 30, 2014
As GE Aviation’s Engineering Project Manager for the C919 nacelle program and an avid mountaineer, Mark Skryzowski knows what it takes to reach new heights.
Raised in the Northeast United States, Skryzowski developed an early passion for outdoor activities, where he was introduced to hiking, backpacking and camping by his father. Skryzowski frequently hiked in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range of the White Mountains, including the well-known Mount Washington, which is the region’s highest point – with a summit nearly 6,300 ft. above sea level.
“That was my baptism into real hiking,” he said. “Once I went above the tree line and into the alpine zone, I was hooked!”
Now, Skryzowski has his sights set on even higher peaks: the “Seven Summits.” Comprised of each continent’s tallest mountain (Mount Everest in Asia; Europe’s Mount Blanc; Kilimanjaro in Africa; North America’s Mount McKinley; Aconcagua in South America, Antarctica’s Vinson Massif, as well as Puncak Jaya for the Australian continent), reaching these summits is a coveted goal for mountaineers.
Skryzowski has already scaled Kilimanjaro and plans to ascend Mount Blanc in 2015, noting that he hopes to climb one of the Seven Summits’ mountains per year — allowing him to reach his goal prior to turning 40.
With the extreme altitude and weather conditions of the Seven Summits – as well as extensive travel plans required to get to their remote locations across the globe – Skryzowski explained that preparing for an ascent shares many similarities with his day job helping Nexcelle’s LEAP-1C nacelle system “climb” through its development and flight-test phases before entering service on the COMAC C919 commercial jetliner.
“Any major climb is project management,” he said. “You don’t go on an ascent – or develop a next-generation integrated propulsion system – without a clear plan. In both climbing and the aerospace industry, you have to know the critical details and understand your environment.”
Skryzowski – who earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2013 – joined the Nexcelle team nearly two years ago, following almost a decade of industry experience working on engine programs for civil and military aircraft, as well as additional involvement with offshore wind turbine generators.
“As a result of the close relationship between Nexcelle’s Aircelle (Safran) and GE Aviation parent companies, it’s been a pleasure working with the team,” he said. “Like any mountaineer, Nexcelle is striving for the top – to become a recognized leader in integrated propulsion systems!”