Frank McLoughlin joined Garmin in 2001 as an inertial and air data systems engineer. Since 2004 he has led aviation systems and programs with oversight of aviation program management, AHRS and air data software development and integrated systems testing. McLoughlin was promoted to his current role of vice president, aviation engineering in October 2011 and is responsible for aviation software and hardware design engineering, program management and aircraft certification.
McLoughlin graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He also earned a master's in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in mechanical and electrical engineering, with an emphasis in guidance and control, from Stanford University. Prior to joining Garmin, McLoughlin served as president of Sequoia Instruments, from which Garmin acquired inertial and air data technology in 2001. He holds a private pilot license.