Michael Wright, PhD
Michael Wright received his PhD from the university of Minnesota in 1997 in Aerospace Engineering. Since that time, he has worked at NASA Ames Research Center, specializing in Entry, Descent and Landing technologies, aerothermodynamics, and thermal protection systems. He is the primary developer of aerothermodynamics code “DPLR”, 2007 NASA software of the year, and has supported EDL for many flight missions, including Stardust, Phoenix, Huygens, MSL, and Orion. Michael currently splits his time as the PI of the EDL technology development project in ETDD and the Project Scientist for Hypersonic EDL Technologies in the ARMD Fundamental Aeronautics Program. He is also the co-chair (with Mark Adler/ JPL) of the EDL roadmapping effort within the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist.
Senior Research Scientist, NASA Ames