Dr. Blanton is Owner and Chief Engineer of Classic Engineering, LLC, a provider of technical education and consulting services in gas turbine technologies. He also is a Teaching Associate with Practical Aeronautics, Inc. In 2016 he retired after 36 years with GE, having spent most of his career in the gas turbine field (both aircraft and power generation), specializing in heat transfer and secondary air systems design and analysis. He earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He also has been an Instructor or Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech, Union College, and the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Blanton is an active member and passionate supporter of ASME and AIAA and a Fellow of both organizations.