Portrait of Chris Root


Chris Root

’87 B.S. Aerospace Engineering, San Diego State University, San Diego, California

Advanced Technology and Innovation IPT Lead

Office of Research and Technology Applications

Naval Air Systems Command, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW)


Chris leads FRCSW’s Advanced Technology and Innovation Team. This cross functional team includes engineers, logisticians, and industrial production artisans who are aircraft sustainment subject matter experts and work to identify, develop, and champion innovative, cost-effective solutions to meet the evolving needs of the Naval Aviation Enterprise. Chris’s team engages with industry, academia and other federal agencies, including Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) companies to successfully transition technology to improve aircraft reliability and enhance maintenance processes. Chris worked with the Office of Naval Research to establish FRCSW as Navy Federal Laboratory in 2011 and was appointed as the Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) where he is responsible for Technical Transfer (T2) functions including: Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, Educational Partnership Agreements, Partnership Intermediary Agreements, and patent & licensing activity.

Prior to his current position, Chris spent 20 years in a variety of positions with increasing responsibility supporting the fleet and depot production customers across a variety of airframes. Chris served as project leader for the Navy’s F-5, T-38, and F-16N Adversary Platforms; E-2/C-2 Airframes Team Leader; Fighter-Attack Strength Branch Head; and Structures Division Head.

Department of Defense Liaison for Fleet Readiness Center Southwest to:

  • College of Engineering – Advisory Board
  • Department of Aerospace Engineering - Advisory Board

Other Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - Associate Fellow
  • San Diego Advanced Technology Cluster - NAVAIR Representative
  • Corporate Affiliates Program, UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering – NAVAIR Representative
  • DoD Acquisition Professional Community - Member