Park names Kathula vice president of engineering

Anand Kathula has been named vice president of engineering of its Park Aircraft Technologies Corp. aircraft composite materials and technologies subsidiary in Newton, Kan., USA.

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Park Electrochemical Corp. (Melville, N.Y., USA) announced on Aug. 5 the appointment of Anand Kathula as vice president of engineering of its Park Aircraft Technologies Corp. aircraft composite materials and technologies subsidiary in Newton, Kan., USA. In this new position, Kathula will be responsible for all the
engineering aspects of aircraft-related activities and product lines of Park Electrochemical Corp. and its subsidiaries. Kathula will report to Tom Pursch, president of Park Aircraft Technologies Corp.

Kathula had been technical director, Structural Testing and Materials at Epic Aircraft LLC in Bend, Ore., USA, since August 2006 and lead engineer for Composites and Adhesives at Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corp., formerly The Lancair Co., from April 2001 to August 2006.  Previously, he had been a process engineer at Thermo-O-Coat in Wichita, Kan., USA, from July 2000 to April 2001 and a research sssistant at the National Institute for Aviation Research in Wichita from August 1996 to May 2000. Kathula received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Gulbarga University in India and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University.