Meet the Science Team
Dr. Leonard R. McMaster
AIM Program Deputy, Hampton University
Dr. Leonard McMaster is the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) Program Deputy at Hampton University. McMaster received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the College of William and Mary in 1967 and a JD in law from the Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary in 1976. He worked at the NASA Langley Research Center from 1967 to 2004 as a research engineer and manager for numerous space and atmospheric science programs, and was the Director of all Langley Atmospheric Sciences Research when he retired in 2004. While at NASA, he received numerous NASA awards including the Exceptional Service Medal in 1986, the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2002, and the Presidential Rank, Meritorious Senior Executive Service award in 2003. McMaster has worked at Hampton University since 2004. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 publications and presentations, and holds one patent.
In addition to McMaster’s science management career, he is an attorney and member of the Virginia Bar Association. He is also a licensed, instrument-rated private pilot, who owns his own plane and enjoys flying in his spare time.