NEIL A. ARMSTRONG is the retired chairman of the board for EDO Corporation. He is also a former NASA test pilot and astronaut. From 1949 to 1952 he served as a naval aviator and flew 78 combat missions during the Korean War. Mr. Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), NASA’s predecessor, as a research pilot at the Lewis Laboratory in Cleveland and later transferred to the NACA High Speed Flight Station at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He was a project pilot on many pioneering high-speed aircraft, including the 4,000 mph X-15. He has flown more than 200 different models of aircraft, including jets, rockets, helicopters, and gliders. In 1962 Armstrong was transferred to astronaut status. He served as command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission, launched March 16, 1966, and performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space. He later commanded Apollo 11. During 1971-1979, Mr. Armstrong was a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where he was involved in both teaching and research. From 2006 to 2008 he served as chair of the NASA Advisory Council’s aeronautics committee. He has an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. He was previously a member of the Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century Selection Committee.
EDWARD L. BURNETT is the Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow for Modeling, Simulation, and Controls at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Palmdale, California. His principal duty is to develop real-time, man-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the loop simulations. Mr. Burnett is currently the Lockheed Martin program manager for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Multi-utility Aeroelastic Demonstration Program (MAD). He has worked on a number of projects at Lockheed Martin, including the F-117A, the YF-22/F-22, and the X-35/F-35. Mr. Burnett is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the past chair of its Modeling and Simulation Technical Committee. He is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Society of Flight Test Engineers, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and is a member of the board of directors of the Flight Test Historic Foundation at Edwards Air Force Base. Mr. Burnett also serves as a member of the California State Polytechnic San Luis Obispo aerospace and electrical engineering industrial advisory boards as well as the Embry Riddle Aeronautics University Prescott Aero/Mechanical Department industrial advisory board. Mr. Burnett earned a B.S. and an M.S. in aeronautical engineering from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo.
INDERJIT CHOPRA is the director of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center and is the Alfred Gessow Professor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. His studies include work on various fundamental problems related to aeromechanics of helicopters, including aeromechanical stability, active vibration control, modeling of composite blades, rotor head health monitoring, aeroelastic optimization, smart structures, micro air vehicles, and comprehensive aeromechanics analyses of bearingless, tilt-rotor, servo-flap, compound, teetering, and circulation control rotors. Prior to teaching, Dr. Chopra spent more than 4 years at NASA Ames/Stanford University Joint Institute of Aeronautics and Acoustics working on the development of aeroelastic analyses and testing of advanced helicopter rotor systems. Dr. Chopra received his Sc.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently a member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and has served on the Committee on Review of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts.
RICHARD S. CHRISTIANSEN is vice president of Sierra Lobo, Inc., a small business that provides engineering and technical services to government agencies and specializes in creating and managing new, innovative technologies. In this role he supports corporate strategy and provides program management to high-end clients as well as business and partnership development. Prior to entering the private sector Mr. Christiansen served at several NASA installations, including as a research lead and project manager at NASA Ames in the Full Scale Wind Tunnel Complex, as program manager for Flight Projects with the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology, and eventually as program director and (acting) associate administrator for the Office of Aeronautics and Space Transportation Technology, where he directed the strategy and management of research and technology development programs. Mr. Christiansen has also served as associate director at Dryden Flight Research Center, where he was responsible for plans and programs for NASA’s flight projects conducted there. Until his retirement as deputy director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center he had programmatic responsibilities in aeronautical research and space technology developments for power, propulsion, and communications, and for microgravity sciences. He