NASA Ames Research Center An Overview

Dr. Eugene Tu Presentation

Dr. Eugene Tu

Eugene is the Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, where he leads a staff of civil servants and contractors in providing critical research and development support that makes NASA’s and the nation’s aeronautics and space missions possible. Most recently, he was the Director of Exploration Technology at Ames. He began his career as a research scientist conducting computational fluid dynamics research on the steady and unsteady aerodynamics of complex aircraft configurations. He also served as the Program Manager for the agency-level High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) Program and led both IT Base and HPCC programs. In 2001, the two programs were combined into the Computing, Information and Communication Technology (CICT) Program and he was selected as the CICT Program Manager. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and MS and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.

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Brief History of NASA VTOL Research

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Bimal Aponso

Bimal Aponso

Bimal’s technical background includes over 25-years of experience in vehicle modeling and simulation, stability and control, and handling qualities, both in government and in Industry. He researched, designed and developed flight control systems for several military and civil aircraft and rotorcraft, and contributed to several Military Specifications on aircraft/rotorcraft handling qualities. He has collaborated with all the major Aerospace companies as well as all branches of the Department of Defense on aircraft and rotorcraft projects and programs. At NASA Ames Research Center, he led research groups in Air-Traffic Management, Crew-Autonomy Teaming, and managed the flight simulation facilities. He has an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

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Test And Evaluation

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Bimal Aponso

Bimal Aponso

Bimal’s technical background includes over 25-years of experience in vehicle modeling and simulation, stability and control, and handling qualities, both in government and in Industry. He researched, designed and developed flight control systems for several military and civil aircraft and rotorcraft, and contributed to several Military Specifications on aircraft/rotorcraft handling qualities. He has collaborated with all the major Aerospace companies as well as all branches of the Department of Defense on aircraft and rotorcraft projects and programs. At NASA Ames Research Center, he led research groups in Air-Traffic Management, Crew-Autonomy Teaming, and managed the flight simulation facilities. He has an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

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Predicting Rotorcraft Performance With Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Dr. Neal Chaderjian

Dr. Neal Chaderjian

Neal serves as a senior research scientist in the Computational Physics Branch at NASA Ames Research Center.  During his 35 years at NASA, he has conducted both fundamental and applied research in computational fluid dynamics and published approximately 60 book contributions, journal articles and conference papers.  His research interests include numerical methods, applied CFD, fluid physics, unsteady aerodynamics, rotorcraft aeromechanics, and flow visualization.  He has a PhD from Stanford University.

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Humans, Autonomy and eVTOLs

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Dr. Michael Feary

Dr. Michael Feary

Mike leads the Aerospace Cognitive Engineering (ACE) group in the Human-Systems Integration division at NASA Ames Research Center. The ACE group focuses on the development of tools to support design and analysis of Human-Automation Interaction in complex, safety critical systems. Dr. Feary has more than 50 publications on this topic. He has a BS in Human Factors Engineering from the University of Illinois, a MS from San Jose State University, and PhD from Cranfield University, UK.

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Aerodynamic Testing, Analysis, & Modeling of Powered-Lift

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Craig Hange

Craig Hange

Craig works with UAS concepts, especially addressing missions that require austere take-off and landing, and autonomous low-speed operations in GPS denied environments. His experience includes working in the US/UK ASTOVL Program and several small scale hover tests as part of the former Powered Lift Group at NASA Ames Research Center and serving as the Project Director for the hover test of the Lockheed Large Scale Powered Model (precursor to the F-35B) at the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Facility. He has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

 

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Designing eVTOL for the Mission

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Dr. Wayne Johnson 

Dr. Wayne Johnson 

Wayne works in the Aeromechanics Branch of NASA Ames Research Center and is the author of the comprehensive analysis CAMRADII and the rotorcraft design code NDARC; and the books “Helicopter Theory” (1980 Princeton University Press, 1994 Dover Publications) and “Rotorcraft Aeromechanics” (2013 Cambridge University Press).

He is a Fellow of AIAA and AHS, and an Ames Fellow, and has received U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, NASA Medals for Exceptional Engineering Achievement and Exceptional Technology Achievement, the AHS Grover E. Bell Award, the Ames H. Julian Allen Award, the AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature Award, the 2010 AHS Alexander Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, and the AHS Alexander Klemin Award. He obtained SB and SM degrees in Aeronautical Engineering, and Doctor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Propulsion-Airframe Integration with Aerodynamic and Aeroacoustic Modeling

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Dr. Cetin Kiris & Francois Cadieux

Dr. Cetin Kiris

Cetin’s field of expertise is CFD for aerospace applications. He initiated and orchestrated the development of LAVA, a computational framework for Launch, Ascent, and Vehicle Aerodynamics. Some of his most notable work includes: aerodynamic database generation for launch vehicle development; analysis of accident scenarios and launch pad ignition conditions for ground operations; turbopump flow simulations; numerical models of human circulatory systems under altered gravity; and application of CFD to analysis and design of artificial heart devices. He has published over 100 technical papers, and co-authored a book on numerical simulations of incompressible flows. He has a MS and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.


Francois Cadieux

Francois Cadieux is a research scientist in the Computational Aerosciences Branch of the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division at NASA Ames Research Center. As a member of the launch, ascent, and vehicle aerodynamics (LAVA) group, Cadieux contributes to the development of the LAVA framework for high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics. He leverages this cutting-edge tool and his expertise in large-eddy simulation (LES) to provide engineering predictions for a variety of NASA projects. Cadieux obtained his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California in 2015.

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Lessons learned from Rotorcraft Pilots Associate: Control of Multiple UAS

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Robaet (Jay) Shively

Robert (Jay) Shively

Jay is currently the Sub-Project Manager for Detect and Avoid for NASA’s UAS Integration into the NAS project and the Human Autonomy Teaming lab. In this role, he leads a multi-disciplinary team across four NASA research centers to address barriers impeding the integration of UAS. Jay transitioned to NASA after 25 years with the US Army. During his tenure with the Army, Jay was the Human Systems Integration group leader for the Aeroflightdynamics Directorate.   In that role, he coordinated efforts on helicopter brown-out symbology, UAS ground station design, and cockpit design issues. He is also currently rapporteur for the Human in the system working group for the ICAO RPAS panel. Research interest include Human-Autonomy Teaming and UAS airspace integration. Mr. Shively has published numerous papers, book chapters and conference presentations.

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