KYLE BATES is a senior engineer at the SURVICE Engineering Company. He has worked in the area of self-sealing fuel tank research, development, and testing since 2008. He serves as the lead engineer for SURVICE's autonomous self-sealing fuel containment system and is a co-author of a pending patent on the technology. Mr. Bates holds an M.S. in materials science engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Engineering Science from Loyola University in Maryland.