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Dr. Joseph Rios

Dr. Joseph Rios is the Chief Technologist for the Aviation Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center. Before becoming Chief Technologist, he served as the Chief Engineer for NASA’s Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Project. The airspace work for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is part of the ATM-X portfolio of work. Previously, Joseph was Chief Engineer for the UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Project, helping develop the concept of federated traffic management with help from industry and the FAA. He has been with NASA since 2007 and he generally focuses on computational and data issues related to the National Airspace System. He has worked on large-scale optimization models for traffic flow management, data exchange schemas for air traffic, and tools for general aviation pilots flying in remote locations. Joseph’s dual undergraduate degree in pure mathematics and film/video theory affords him the ability to write a formal proof that Cool Hand Luke is one of the best films of all time. Following two years teaching math in Papua New Guinea via the Peace Corps, Joseph obtained his M.S. in Computer Science from Cal State Hayward, followed by a PhD in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Cruz.
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