Keynote for the 37th DCASS

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This year's featured keynote talk will be "The Wright Brothers and Flight Research." It will be presented by Mr. Albion Bowers.

Albion Bowers

Full Biography

Albion H. Bowers is the Associate Director of Research in the Research and Engineering Directorate, at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California.

Appointed to this position in October 2010, Bowers is part of the NASA Dryden strategic planning team that is developing research projects for future aerospace concepts. As part of that team, Bowers is responsible for defining NASA Dryden's strategic direction for the Center, including advanced aeronautical designs, research and space technologies.

Prior to his present position, Bowers served as Director of Dryden’s
Aeronautics Mission Directorate and as a project manager. He also
served as the Chief of the Aerodynamics Branch of Dryden's
Research Engineering Directorate from 2002 to 2004, acted as
Deputy Director of the Research and Engineering Directorate from
2004 to 2008, and as the Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator of Aeronautics in 2008.

As a research engineer specializing in aerodynamics and systems engineering, Bowers has been involved in a number of projects involving aerodynamics, boundary layer airflow, fundamental flu- id dynamics, flight mechanics, advanced controls, and structures research at NASA Dryden. In 2007 Bowers was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his contributions to experi- mental flight research aircraft. He was awarded the NASA Small Business Advocate Technical Person of the Year, as well as awards for mentoring, leadership, and he is a TEDxNASA speaker.

During the 1980s, Bowers was an aerodynamicist for research endeavors that included the Schweizer Deep Stall demonstration project, the F-8 Oblique Wing Research Aircraft and the X- 29A Forward Swept Wing. He also participated in the X-30A National AeroSpace Plane project, the Hypersonic Sandia Winged Energetic Re-entry Vehicle Experiment project and the Low- speed SWERVE-Avocet project. Bowers was chief engineer for aerodynamic experiments flown on the SR-71A, the F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle and the F-106A Eclipse aero-tow demon- stration during the 1990s. His involvement continued with the X-48A Blended Wing Body, the X- 37 Future-X and the X-38 Boost Launched Aerodynamic Systems Test.

Bowers earned a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering and a Master of Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He began his career with NASA in the Graduate Student Research Program in 1982.

Bowers is a member of the Soaring Society of America and the Experimental Soaring Associa- tion. He co-authored the 1992 textbook "Handbook of Intelligent Control" and has authored 29 re- search publications, along with contributing to seven books on aviation history.