Dr. Robert Nichols, Ph.D. Currently a Professor at the University of Cumberland, he received his M.A and Ph.D. in Physics at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at California Institute of Technology in Geological and Planetary Science, Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at Washington University and the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences as well as many other ‘critical path’ research assignments at other prominent universities. He is highly published and brings an ‘out-of-the-box’ physics mindset to Quantum as he works with Paul and the entire technology team. He has a strong grasp of all elements of the technology and is excited about the future it will bring to Quantum.
Dr. Giorgio Calanni, Ph.D. Fundamental research currently conducted in the area of next-generation air traffic management. Specifically, the focus is on a safety-based assessment of new concepts of operations and vehicles being envisioned, where the risk of accidents under various air traffic scenarios is investigated using agent-based simulation and stochastic analysis. This is part of the large-scale NASA NEXTGEN project. Aerospace systems design methodologies, system engineering, multidisciplinary design optimization, orbital mechanics, system dynamics modeling, structures vibrations, structural analysis, probability theory, and statistical methods.
Dr. Jim Peters Over 25 years of Project Management and Engineering Systems Design experience with NASA on the Commercial Crew, Constellation and Space Shuttle Programs and the Boeing Company as a Project Manager on the Space Shuttle, Homeland Defense, Orbital Space Plane, International Space Station, and SeaLaunch Programs. In addition, Professor at Embry-Riddle University and Vice President of Technology and Managing Partner at Quasar Data Center. Engineering areas of expertise include large systems integration, advanced research, and development, software integration and simulation, remote sensing applications, spacecraft design and operations, manufacturing and testing, life support systems, as well as vehicle assembly and launch operations. Applied Program Management methods include Integrated Product Teams, Process Based Management (PBM), Phantom Works, Spiral Development, TQM and Software Engineering Institute – Capability Maturity Model. Led many teams and developed their competitive advantage through implementing High-Performance Work System techniques such as high employee involvement, concurrent engineering, creating learning organizations, strategic planning, organizational development, and teambuilding.
Dr. Richard Gaeta Dr. Gaeta has over 25 years of experience as an aerospace engineer which includes 17 years as an aeroacoustics researcher and 6 years as an aerothermodynamic engineer for a major aircraft engine manufacturer (GE Aviation). He is currently the Chief Engineer for the Tactical Systems Center for the University Multispectral Laboratories (UML) where he directs UAS research programs. He has extensive research and development experience in aircraft noise characterization and control, flow control, acoustic liner technology, and heat transfer. Dr. Gaeta has been the PI or lead researcher on programs for NASA, DARPA, and USSOCOM that focused on measurement techniques of acoustic impedance of materials under grazing flow conditions, performance of liners in high-temperature jet exhaust nozzle/ejector configurations, jet noise characterization and control, and evaluation and design of a practical fluidic jet mixing system. Recent work includes investigating noise control of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Dr. Gaeta has hands-on experience with acoustic data acquisition systems, fluid measurement techniques, and advanced signal processing techniques.
Dr. Gaeta has 6 years of experience as an aerothermodynamic engineer at GE Aircraft Engines working in several component areas, including turbine aerodynamic and cooling design and hypersonic propulsion conceptual and preliminary design. His experience also includes turbine component cooling design as well as turbomachinery aerodynamics. As part of a high-speed propulsion group, Dr. Gaeta contributed to the design of scramjet vehicles by investigating fuel/air mixing concepts and heat transfer analysis. Dr. Gaeta also participated in GE’s Engineering Development Program which provided engineering assignments in different areas such as engine nacelle aerodynamics and installed performance and compressor aerodynamic design. Dr. Gaeta has completed GE’s industry-recognized Advanced Course in Engineering Program.
Currently, Dr. Gaeta is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University, where he teaches a graduate course in aeroacoustics and developed a new graduate course in UAS Propulsion. He was also an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he developed two new graduate courses in air-breathing propulsion and gas turbine combustor fundamentals. Dr. Gaeta is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a member of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA). Dr. Gaeta has also been named to the Oklahoma Governor’s Council on Unmanned Aerial Systems in 2011.
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