Bradley C. Flick is Director of Research and Engineering at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, responsible for the technical and administrative management of the directorate’s engineering workforce. The Research and Engineering Directorate is responsible for design, development, analysis and testing of research and experimental aerospace systems in the Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Structures, Avionics and Flight Instrumentation discipline areas, as well as leading the Systems Engineering and Integration efforts for the Center’s flight projects.
Prior to his current position, Flick served as Dryden's Chief Engineer, where he was responsible for providing independent technical guidance and oversight to flight projects to ensure conformance with Center and Agency standards, policies and processes.
As the chair of the Airworthiness and Flight Safety Review Board, he was responsible for determining and providing the appropriate level of independent technical review for each project prior to flight. He served in the Chief Engineer position in an acting capacity from October 2005 until his permanent appointment to the post in January, 2008.
Flick began his career at Dryden in 1986 as a flight systems engineer on the F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle (HARV) project. He transferred to the Operations Engineering Branch in 1988, where he continued work on the HARV project with a lead role in the development of several experimental systems, including the thrust vectoring control system, emergency electrical and hydraulic systems, the spin recovery parachute system and an actuated nose strake system. He served as mission controller on approximately 100 HARV research flights.
Flick’s management career started when he served as Flight Systems Branch Chief from 1998-2001. From 2001 to 2005, he served in an acting capacity as Associate Director for Flight Operations, Deputy Director for Research Engineering and Director of Engineering.
Flick received a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., in 1986 and a Master of Engineering degree in engineering management from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y. in 1997. He is a native of LaFargeville, N.Y.