Michael Wright received his PhD from the university of Minnesota in 1997 in Aerospace Engineering. Since then, he has worked at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., specializing in Entry, Descent and Landing technologies, aerothermodynamics, and thermal protection systems. He is the primary developer of aerothermodynamics code “DPLR”, 2007 NASA software of the year, and has supported entry, descent and landing (EDL) for many flight missions, including Stardust, Phoenix, Huygens, the Mars Science Laboratory, and Orion.
Michael currently splits his time as the principal investigator of the EDL technology development project in ETDD and the Project Scientist for Hypersonic EDL Technologies in the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Fundamental Aeronautics Program. He is also the co-chair (with Mark Adler at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.) of the EDL roadmapping effort within the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist.