National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John H. Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio 44135
Alan J. "Al" Micklewright
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Alan J. Micklewright serves as Chief of Aircraft Operations at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio. He recently was selected for this position in September, 2007 and serves as Glenn's chief pilot.
Prior to assuming his position at Glenn, Micklewright was an Operations Analyst with General Dynamics Information Technology supporting Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
During his military career with the U.S. Navy from 1985 through 2005, he served as a Navy Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer. Other positions include S-3B Pilot, Instructor Pilot, Developmental Test Pilot, Officer-in-Charge, Safety Officer and Maintenance Quality Assurance Officer.
Micklewright is also an experienced Naval Aviator with over 3,500 hours of flight time in over 30 different aircraft types including the S-3B and T-34C aircraft.
After retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2005, Micklewright was on the faculty of the Defense Acquisition University until 2006. He presently is an adjunct faculty member at Embry-Riddle University where he teaches courses including Aviation Safety, Human Factors, Systems Safety, Life Cycle Analysis and Management, Aircraft Accident Investigation and Safety Programs.
Micklewright earned his bachelor's degree in aeronautics and master's degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He earned a second master's degree in management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School and the Naval School of Aviation Safety.