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Dr. Natasha Schatzman Receives the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) 2023 Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Award 

Portrait of female aerospace research engineer at NASA Ames Research Center Dr. Natasha Schatzman.
Dr. Natasha Schatzman, NASA Ames Research Center
NASA / Dominic Hart

In May 2023, Dr. Natasha Schatzman received the Vertical Flight Society Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Award for her vertical flight research at NASA Ames Research Center.  This annual award is given to a VFS member who is thirty-five years old or younger for outstanding contributions to vertical flight technology.  The award announcement notes that Dr. Schatzman “was recognized for outstanding vertical lift research (internationally recognized in rotorcraft acoustics and full-scale wind tunnel acoustics testing), for extensive contributions to the VFS technical community and local VFS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and for outstanding mentorship in the rotorcraft field.”  She began her work at NASA Ames Research Center in 2008 as an intern, and she now oversees various acoustic experimental and computational key aspects of Revolutionary Vertical Life Technology (RVLT) Project, which includes leading rotor acoustic tests in the 40-foot by 80-Foot Wind Tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center.  Dr. Schatzman holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

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