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Dr. Parimal H. Kopardekar
Principal Investigator

Parimal Kopardekar works as the Principal Investigator of the NASA’s NextGen Airspace Project. Prior to this position, he worked as an Associate Principal Investigator of the Dynamic Airspace Configuration research focus area. In the past, he served as a Project Manager of the Strategic Airspace Usage Project and Sub-Project Manager under Advanced Air Transportation Technologies project. Prior to working at NASA, he worked for the FAA where he conducted research and development activities in the area of air traffic management. He has published numerous journal and conference papers in the area of air traffic management. As an adjunct faculty at Rutgers and Drexel Universities, he taught graduate-level courses.

Dr. Kopardekar holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati (1995), an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1992); and a B.E. in Production Engineering from the University of Bombay (1989). He is the recipient of the NASA Ames Honor Award for Engineer of the Year (2003), numerous group awards and two best paper awards. He is the author of over 35 publications including technical reports, and journal and conference papers.

Mr. Michael R. Landis
Project Manager

Michael R. Landis is the Project Manager for the NextGen-Airspace Project. In that capacity, he is responsible for assuring that the Project’s schedule and cost performance are aligned with the its technical plans. He leads the establishment of partnerships with industry, universities, and other government agencies. Prior to the NextGen-Airspace Project, Mr. Landis served as the Chief of the Airspace Systems Projects Office and as the Project Manager for the Advanced Air Transportation Technologies (AATT) Project. The AATT Project was a 400 million dollar effort to improve the capacity of transport aircraft operations at, and between, major airports in the National Airspace System (NAS) by developing decision support tools and concepts to help air traffic controllers, airline dispatchers, and pilots to improve the air traffic management and control process from gate-to-gate. Prior to the AATT Project, Mr. Landis served as the Airfield Integration Manager for the Moffett Field Development Project and as the Chief of the requirements and Planning Office in the Research Aircraft Operations Division.

Mr. Landis holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from San Jose State University. He is the recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2003), a NASA Ames Honor Award for Project Management (2008), the Aeroflightdynamics Directorate U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Command Director’s Award for Interagency Cooperation (1994), and numerous group achievement awards. Mr. Landis was also a contributor to the award of the National Aeronautics Association’s 2008 Robert J. Collier Trophy awarded to the NASA Ames and NASA Langley Research Centers for the AATT Project’s achievements in the implementation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).

Mr. Richard Barhydt
Project Scientist

As Project Scientist for the NextGen-Airspace Project, Mr. Richard Barhydt works across the Project to explore integrated solutions for a safe, efficient, and high capacity airspace system. His prior research includes work on automated separation assurance, datalink systems, and flight deck decision support systems and procedures. Mr. Barhydt has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado (1995) and a M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1997). He is the author of over 22 publications. Mr. Barhydt is also a commercial pilot and flight instructor for single-engine aircraft.


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