Jeffrey E. Bauer
Jeffrey E. Bauer is deputy director of the Dryden Advanced Planning and Partnership Office. His responsibilities include the center's development of test services and capabilities for remotely or autonomously piloted aircraft systems.
Nominators said Bauer will help Dryden in its business development efforts and called him "a great DFRC advocate." He received a NASA Leadership Medal in 2007 for his work with remotely flown aircraft. In 2006, Unmanned Vehicle Systems International presented him with the Catherine Fargeon Award for his contributions in enabling remotely or autonomously piloted aircraft to fly in the national airspace. In addition, he has received several group achievement awards.
Bauer previously served as deputy director for exploration systems at Dryden. He was responsible for coordination and management of Dryden's activities in support of NASA's Exploration Mission Directorate.
He has more than 15 years' experience in flight research with remotely piloted aircraft systems. He understands private industry's need for routine access to the national airspace. Bauer led the industry and government team that comprised the Access 5 effort, designed to develop suggested rules and certification guidelines for the Federal Aviation Administration for incorporating high-altitude uninhabited aerial vehicles into the national airspace. The team included six aircraft manufacturers, NASA, the departments of defense, homeland security and commerce, the FAA and the international aviation community.
Bauer was an Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology program manager. He also worked on the X-29 forward swept wing demonstrator, the X-31 aircraft and the X-43A, a hypersonic aircraft.
John T. Bosworth
John T. Bosworth is Dryden's project chief engineer for the F-15 Intelligent Flight Control System aircraft.
Nominators wrote that Bosworth is an "outstanding chief engineer on the Intelligent Flight Control System;" "a huge proponent of IFCS and it contributions;" and a "brilliant principal investigator" who finds "practical solutions."
Nominators also called him a "world leader in controls," "expert in application of adaptive controls," a "model project chief engineer," a "smart guy," and noted his technical expertise in several disciplines.
Bosworth has worked in the area of flight control system analysis and design and handling qualities analysis for 27 years. His experience includes serving as NASA's chief engineer for the X-31 Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability Technology Demonstrator program and the F-16XL Digital Flight Control System upgrade program.
He also supported the F-14 High-Angle-of-Attack research program, the X-29 Forward Swept Wing Technology Demonstrator program, the X-30 National Aerospace Plane program and the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle program.
Bosworth is a senior American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics member and a core member of the National Engineering and Safety Center (headquartered at Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.) Guidance and Controls problem resolution team.
He serves as a co-associate principal investigator on NASA's Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control program. IRAC is part of the Aviation Safety Program under the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Program goals are to develop technologies, tools, and methods to improve aircraft safety, and overcome technology barriers that could constrain full realization of a Next Generation Air Transportation System.
Albion H. Bowers
Albion H. Bowers is director of Dryden's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, but he still thinks of himself as an engineer and researcher.
Nominators called Bowers "extremely supportive and fair," "passionate," "bright," and an "aerodynamics guru." Others said he was a "great Aeronautics Research mission directorate advocate" with "inspired determination" and is a good leader who "helps keep Code R on track." In addition, nominators said Bowers worked well with students, was "insightful and forward-thinking" and a "great motivator, innovator, visionary and NASA promoter." He also has a wide base of knowledge and is an "agency-respected mover and shaker," nominators wrote.
Prior to his current post, Bowers was deputy director of research and engineering. Before accepting that job, he served as project chief engineer on seven projects at Dryden, including as the first chief engineer for research involving the SR-71s. Bowers also helped advocate for the first experiments flown on the Blackbirds.
He was the final chief engineer on the F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle and worked on 204 of the total 396 missions. He credits such people as Don Gatlin, Ed Schneider and Joe Wilson for helping him to grow during the project. Bowers said he also learned much from the team that included Marlin Pickett, Joe Pahle, Bob Antoniewicz, Vicki Regenie, Brad Flick, Mike Earls, Art Tanaka and many others. He served as chief engineer for the Eclipse project.
For Bowers, people are what make Dryden a great place to work and are the reason great achievements are seen here. He especially appreciates the young people he has worked with as a mentor. He believes they are up to the challenges that lie ahead.
Trong T. Bui
Trong T. Bui is an aerospace engineer in the Research Aerodynamics, Propulsion, and Performance branch and is the group lead of the Flow Physics group.
Nominators said Bui had made significant contributions to propulsion and was "a true forward-thinking flight researcher." The engineer was also called an "ultra mentor" and "extremely talented, humble, inspirational and has a great attitude." Some nominators called him a "genius."
Trong was also honored for his humility and for his willingness to give honest assessments, even when it is difficult to hear. He also is known for having a flare for conveying his opinion in an unbiased manner and seeing the big picture.
Bui was the principal investigator on the Dryden Aerospike Rocket Test flight research project, in which two aerospike rockets and one conventional rocket were successfully flown to supersonic speeds, providing the first known set of transonic flight-performance data for aerospike rockets.
He originally proposed the Air-Launched Small Missile (or ALSM, pronounced "awesome") flight testbed for hypersonic systems and served as principal investigator for the initial advocacy and feasability study efforts.
Bui proposed using the U.S. Navy's surplus Phoenix guided air-to-air missiles, launched from the Dryden F-15B aircraft, as boosters for hypersonic flight research payloads. This proposal eventually evolved into the Phoenix Missile Hypersonic Testbed project at Dryden, but funding shortfalls led Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate officials to cancel the project.
He also is known as an excellent mentor, who sees a need to pass knowledge to the next generation of researchers. He is known to assist those who seek his help.
Jennifer H. Cole
Jennifer H. Cole is the Aerodynamics and Propulsion branch chief.
She has been a contributor to several Dryden research projects. Among her favorites was the Propulsion-Controlled Aircraft Recovery, or PCAR, project, a collaborative effort with other government entities and industry that sought to leverage NASA knowledge and experience.
Cole's first work at the center was on the Autonomous Formation Flight, or AFF, project, where she spent many hours in the control room exploring the benefits and challenges of formation flight. Technology demonstrated through the AFF project paved the way for several follow-on flight efforts, including the Automated Aerial Refueling project. Dryden's formation flight research and flight data are frequently referenced and requested, according to nominators.
Her "technical leadership and expertise" are seen as some of her strongest skills and nominators see her as "a rising star." Aside from being "extremely bright and competent" and possessing good people skills, her nominators also said she was "willing to get involved," was "a team builder" that "understands employees" and is "easily approachable," "a role model for young women," and "a talented, compassionate, thoughtful, great engineer and leader."
She also has helped mentor co-op students and inspires young people at Dryden events or in the community.
For example, at the 2003 Math and Science Odyssey, Cole used the Wright brothers' theme in her presentation to inspire students about the Centennial of Flight. Using a hands-on activity, she demonstrated concepts similar to those that helped the Wrights brainstorm solutions to some of their engineering problems. Students were engaged in her presentation.
Gary B. Cosentino
Gary B. Cosentino is lead flight operations engineer for the Science and UAVs group at Dryden.
Cosentino "consistently does above and beyond for support" and is "passionate about getting the work done," nominators said. Many also pointed to his UAV knowledge, his contributions to the X-48B project and technical expertise that has made him an "unmanned aircraft expert (who) works well with outside customers, both government and industry." Another nominator's comments punctuated the nomination: "(he) gives 200 percent without asking for recognition."
He began his career at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., where he worked on computational fluid dynamics for futuristic aircraft configurations, culminating in what became the X-36 research aircraft. He was known at Ames for computing data that compared well with wind-tunnel results.
Cosentino transferred to Dryden in January 1998 as project manager for the X-36 flight test project. He also was given project management responsibilities for other unmanned technology demonstration aircraft, including the Altus II and Perseus B.
After 6 1/2 years leading the planning and flight test effort for the X-45A Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle and Joint Unmanned Combat Air System, Cosentino was then assigned to the X-48B.
The X-36 and X-45A projects featured two aircraft each, which are on permanent display in museums.
Cosentino said the center's role in the X-45A J-UCAS flight test program contributed to its reputation as the center of excellence in the country for uninhabited aerial vehicles and uninhabited aircraft systems and X-plane engineering and flight test.