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Rich Coppenbarger

Rich Coppenbarger has been with NASA Ames Research Center since 1988. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona and, while at Ames, he earned his M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering from Stanford. Mr. Coppenbarger has been a lead researcher on numerous projects in the areas of microburst wind shear, rotorcraft obstacle avoidance, and air traffic management. His air traffic management research has focused on automation for capacity-constrained arrival operations, datalink communications, and flight-management system interoperability. Mr. Coppenbarger is currently leading the development of the Efficient Descent Advisor (EDA), which supports the concepts of 3D-Path Arrival Management (3D-PAM) and Tailored Arrivals. Mr. Coppenbarger has authored/co-authored 24 research papers and is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA. His current work is focused on transferring EDA technology to the FAA for mid-term NextGen implementation of 3D-PAM.

Recent awards:
  • 2009 NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal
  • 2008 Ames Honor Award Award for the EDA and Tailored Arrivals Research Team
  • 2008 Aeronautics Directorate Technical Excellence in Publications Award
  • 2007 Award for Best Paper at the AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations (ATIO) Conference.
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