Dr. Michael G. Gilbert is currently a Principal Engineer in the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC). Prior to his assignment as a Principal Engineer, Dr. Gilbert served as the NESC Chief Engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). Before joining the NESC, Dr. Gilbert was the Head of the LaRC Systems Management Office responsible for independent assessments, continuous monitoring, reviews, and analyses of program and project cost, schedule, risk, and technical performance for the Office of the Director. Prior to his tenure with the Systems Management Office, Dr. Gilbert was a Senior Research Engineer in the Structural Dynamics Branch at LaRC, where he developed, demonstrated, and applied new technologies and analysis methods for the International Space Station, Space Shuttle, Space Solar Power, Controls-Structures Interaction, National Aero-Space Plane, X-Wing, and Forward-Swept-Wing programs.
He was the Principal Investigator for the STS-74/MIR PASDE flight experiment under the ISS Phase-1 Risk Reduction Program. Dr. Gilbert was the Assistant Branch Head of the Spacecraft Dynamics Branch from 1990 to 1994, and before joining NASA in 1986, spent several years with both PRC-Kentron Inc. and McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics Co. - St. Louis working on a variety of aerospace projects.
Dr. Gilbert received the BSAE, MSAE, and PhD degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University in 1977, 1982, and 1994 respectively. He is the author or co-author of 11 technical journal articles and over 30 other publications in structural dynamics, controls, flight dynamics, smart materials, aeroservoelasticity, and interdisciplinary design optimization.