2013 CASPER Seminar Series
with Andrew Roberts, ret. NGC/NASA

DateSeptember 20, 2013
Time2:30 - 3:30 pm
LocationBaylor Sciences Building, Room A.207

Title: NASA’s Airborne Science Program

Abstract: The talk will cover NASA’s 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.

Civilian Experience

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

Military Experience

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.

PublisherCenter for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research (CASPER)
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