Center Snapshot - Lynda Kramer
Image above: Credit: NASA/Sean Smith.
By: Denise Lineberry
Lynda Kramer’s career at NASA Langley began in 1987 as part of the Engineering Cooperative Education Program.
“I worked in six different branches as a co-op, which allowed me to figure out which research areas interested me,” Kramer said.
Her interest was heightened by her Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree at Auburn University and Masters of Aerospace Engineering degree at George Washington University.
White attending Auburn, Kramer was a member of the Auburn University Concert Choir and sang in the Soviet Union “while it was still under Communist control,” she added.
Kramer also sang in Poland with her choir. “I really enjoyed singing during a Catholic Mass at the former Pope’s church in Poland and eating the most delicious ice cream I’ve ever had there as well,” she said.
“In my freshman year at college, I was a founding member of the Auburn University women’s soccer club team,” she said.
She still enjoys playing soccer in her spare time. She also loves to spend time with her friends and family.
Some of Kramer’s most memorable moments were “the birth of my daughter, Haley, scuba-diving to watch a shark feeding in the Bahamas and tandem sky-diving.”
She strives to maintain a healthy balance between work and family. “NASA is very family-friendly, which makes this task easier to manage,” she said.
Kramer has served for seven years as a principal investigator for synthetic vision systems and enhanced vision systems research, which are aimed at improving aviation safety and increasing aviation operations in restricted visibility.
As an aerospace engineer, she specializes in crew-vehicle interfaces (CVI), with an emphasis on advanced displays that are expected to improve aviation safety and efficiency.
“My technical duties include directing the design, development, testing and overall integration of advanced displays into piloted workstations, flight simulators, and flight test aircraft,” she said. “Also defining, conducting, analyzing and reporting on results of research to evaluate the human and vehicle interface performance effects.”
Kramer went through ground school for private pilot and instrument pilot training and rode jumpseat aboard United Airlines revenue flights, “which helped me learn the operational world of the pilots that I’m creating the crew vehicle interfaces for,” she said.
It’s satisfying for her to see NASA’s CVI research successfully transferred to industry for multiple aviation applications. She hopes that these products will help “to improve aviation safety and potentially increase capacity.”
Her career decision that she made as a co-op has served her and aviation research well.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have been involved in cutting-edge crew vehicle interface research, while working with a fantastic, energetic and highly-productive team,” Kramer said.
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