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Center Snapshot - Scott Verden
07.25.08
Scott Verden.
Image above: Scott Verden, Advanced Engineering Environments Branch. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith.


By: Denise Lineberry

Scott Verden enjoys riding his motorcycle, a Kawasaki Concours sport-tourer. He has been riding for 22 years. “I’ve always been a motor head,” he said.

But Verden has a different side. He teaches ballroom dance classes.

“I got tired of being afraid to dance and didn’t want to mess up a date because I was afraid to dance,” he said. So he took dance classes for two years and has been teaching for 10. “If everyone knew how much that women liked ballroom dance, then all men would start,” he said.

Verden was born in Iowa, raised in the Midwest and Texas and has lived in Virginia for 18 years. “I really like the coastal environment in Virginia. I love the smell of the ocean,” he said.

The coastal environment is perfect for his newest project, restoring a ski boat. Once restored, he hopes to take it to the Chickahominy and James rivers and visit new marinas and restaurants.

He also plans to revisit his days of learning to water ski. It has been on his “to do list” since his early 20s.

Verden has been working at NASA Langley for seven years and has always considered himself mechanically inclined. “I acquired proficiency at several computer-aided design (CAD) systems at previous jobs, and managed, through no real planning on my part, to become good at creating and manipulating 3D models,” Verden said.

His days at NASA Langley are filled with geometry concepts.

“My group provides geometry services of almost any kind, but mainly geometry translation from one CAD system to another, geometry repair, modification of geometry to suit a researcher’s requirements and reverse-engineering,” Verden said.

Verden enjoys the variety of products he works with, and he is intrigued by the aerospace industry. He also describes Langley as a “healthy work environment” and enjoys working with CAD design.

“My supervision is great, my co-workers are good to be around and I like the researchers, engineers and other customers I work with,” Verden said.

His most memorable accomplishment was “my contribution to the analysis of the Shuttle Return-To-Flight effort. I did a lot of computer model generation for that effort, and in particular, I recreated the outer surface of the shuttle wing leading edge very quickly,” Verden said. “I helped save a lot of contractors and manufacturers a lot of time getting ready for the first launch after Columbia.”



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