Title: NASAs Airborne Science Program
Abstract: The talk will cover NASAs Airborne Science Program, my involvement and how it supports the National Science Objectives. In addition we will explore how these aircraft being national assets have been utilized for the development of new systems and education. In the presentation there will be a discussion on ways universities can participate in the research activity NASA sponsors to develop the instruments which fly and collect data from these unique research platforms. The presentation will be sprinkled with personnel anecdotes, observations and commentary as a research pilot and manager.
2009 2013 Director Flight and Deployed Operations, Northrop Grumman
2007 2009 Director Airborne Science Program, NASA HQ
2006 2007 Associate Director Flight Operations, NASA DFRC
2006 2006 SOFIA Platform Manager, NASA ARC
1998 2006 Research Instructor Pilot / WB-57 Program Manager, NASA JSC
1989 1997 Research Pilot / ER-2 Chief Engineer, NASA ARC
1985 1989 Research Engineer and Pilot, NASA ARC
1977 1978 Test Engineer, NASA ARC
2003 2007 USAFR Commander Reserve Forces AEDC, Col.
2001 2003 USAFR 433rd AW Inspector General, Lt. Col.
1997 2001 USAFR 4th AF Chief of Operations Plans, Lt. Col.
1985 1997 USAFR 708th MAS C-141 Pilot, Maj.
1978 1985 USAF Instructor Pilot - Euro Fighter Training - Airlift Squadron, Capt.
Over 8000 flight hours in 23 aircraft types including the following:
T-38, C-141, G-159, WB-57, F-18, KC-135, DC-8, KA-200, T-34C, Lear-23, L-300, BD-700, UH-1H, C-410, C-310, several small single engine aircraft
Air War College - Maxwell AFB, AL Professional Military Graduate
Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA Graduate Course Work Aero and Astro Eng.
Air Command and Staff School - Maxwell AFB, AL Professional Military Graduate
Squadron Officer School - Maxwell AFB, AL Professional Military Graduate
Undergraduate Pilot Training - Reese AFB, TX 7/1979
Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN Undergradute BSAAE cum laude
Numerous courses including: National Test Pilot School, program management, aeronautical engineering and flight training
Publications, Certifications and Awards
Numerous publications covering Airborne Science flight programs, aerodynamic research and Fighter Training material.
Patent - Flow Thru Wind Tunnel Balance.
Air Transport Pilot Certification
Awards include the Collier Trophy, Numerous NASA awards, Air Force air and aerial achievement medals, Legion of Merit, campaign and service medals.