ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
NASA Langley Employee Earns National Honor
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
recently announced that NASA Langley Research Center employee
Steven X.S. Bauer has been selected to receive the 2001 AIAA
Engineer of the Year Award.
The Engineer of the Year Award recognizes an individual member
of AIAA who has distinguished himself or herself in some facet of
The citation for Bauer's award will read, "For maturing and
innovatively applying Passive Porosity Technology to achieve
improved controllability of aerospace vehicles."
Bauer is a recognized expert in aerodynamic design, advanced
aerodynamic control effectors, and passive porosity technology
(PassPorT). He has successfully extended PassPorT to aerodynamic,
propulsion and drag-reduction concepts as the principal
investigator in joint research programs with the Department of
Defense, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of
Transportation, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, The Boeing
Aircraft Company, Lockheed Martin Aircraft Company, Newport News
Shipbuilding and Southeastern Trucking Inc.
Many of these organizations also have sought out Bauer's
experience in resolving issues associated with flow control and
drag reduction in the fields of aerodynamics, fluid dynamics,
aero-acoustics and hydrodynamics.
"I was very honored when I was nominated for AIAA Engineer of
the Year," Bauer said. "I was quite surprised and excited when I
found out that I had been chosen as the national Engineer of the
Bauer, the nominee from the AIAA's Hampton Roads Section (HRS),
is an aerospace engineer in Langley's Configuration Aerodynamics
Branch. He joined NASA Langley in 1983 as a co-operative education
student and in 1986 as an aerospace technologist.
Bauer was a key member of NASA's High Speed Research (HSR)
Program and NASA's ATTAC Program and is presently a key member of
NASA's Revolutionary Concepts (REVCON) Program. In addition, he has
worked on a wide variety of problems, including hypersonic vehicle
"waverider" design, nonlinear wing design, advanced aerodynamic
control effectors and high-lift and high angle-of-attack
He has authored more than 36 technical publications. In recent
years, he has given several invited lectures to national and
international aeronautics, ground transportation and naval research
communities as well as universities and schools. He also donates
several hours a week to tutoring students in local elementary
Bauer will receive the award at a dinner during the 2001
Aviation Week's Aerospace Exposition, which will be held Oct. 16-18
in Los Angeles.
For a photo of Steven X.S. Bauer, please contact Jim Roberts
at (757) 864-8150 or <
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