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Dr. James F. Stewart - NESC Chief Engineer

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Dr. James F. Stewart is currently the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) Chief Engineer at Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC).  From 1997, when he was selected as a supervisor for the Aerospace Projects Branch. Dr. Stewart held a series of positions with increasing responsibilities in the Dryden Aerospace Projects Directorate.  First as Branch Chief, then as Assistant Director for Aerospace Projects, next as Deputy Director for Aerospace Projects (Acting), and finally Director for Aerospace Projects (Acting), until in 2004 when he became the Dryden Exploration Mission Director.  Simultaneously with his management positions in The Dryden Projects Directorate, Dr. Stewart held several additional positions: NASA’s Flight Research R&T Base Program Manager from 1999 to 2001 and Environment Research and Sensor Technology (ERAST) Project Manager from 1998 to 1999.

Dr. Stewart was Assistant Flight Research R&T Base Program Manager from 1996 to 1997.  He was Deputy Chief of the Research Engineering Directorate at Dryden from 1995 to 1996.  In 1993, Dr. Stewart was Dryden's selectee for the NASA SES Candidate Development Program, where he was: first, Special Assistant to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics at NASA Headquarters; second, he held a position with The US Congress on the Staff of Congressman McKeon.

Prior to these special assignments, Dr. Stewart was Project Manager from 1986 to 1994 for several major projects at Dryden.  He originated the F-15 Advance Control Technology for Integrated Vehicles (ACTIVE) Project, which included Pitch-Yaw Thrust Vectoring Control and Adaptive Intelligent Control Research.  Prior to this, he was Project Manager for the F-15 Highly Integrated Digital Electronic Control Project (HIDEC), which included Adaptive Digital Engine Control (ADEC), Performance-Seeking Control (PSC), Propulsion Controlled Aircraft (PCA), and Self-Repairing Flight Control System (SRFC) Projects.

Dr. Stewart was the Project Engineer at NASA for the X-29 vehicle from 1982-1985, in which he was responsible for all engineering and flight test of the X-29 vehicle. Prior to 1982, he was Principal Investigator for the F-8 Digital Fly-by-Wire Projects at NASA including international research activities.  He joined NASA in 1978 after working on missile and aircraft programs at LTV, Martin, and Hughes Aerospace Companies, from 1965 through 1978.  At LTV, from 1967 to 1978, he was Project Engineer on The Simplified Inertial Guidance Demonstration (SIG-D) Missile Program.  He designed Digital Missile Control Systems, conducted Nonlinear Estimation, and control research on Space Defense Programs and was Lead Engineer on numerous aircraft programs such as S-3A and A-7 D/E. At Martin in 1966 to 1967, he worked on the Spirit Missile System and at Hughes Aircraft from 1965 to 1966.  He assisted in the development of Advanced Avionics.

Dr. Stewart received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Arkansas, a M.S. degree in System Engineering from Southern Methodist University, a Masters degree in Business Administration (M.B.A) from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in both Electrical Engineering and Business from University of Louisville.  He is a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor for single and multi-engine aircraft with instrument rating.

Dr. Stewart has over two dozen technical publications in digital, optimal, reconfigurable, and integrated controls.  He is a patent holder and has received numerous NASA Awards for ACTIVE, HIDEC, ADEC PSC, PCA, SRFC, and The NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

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