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DR. SIVA S. BANDA

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Dr. Siva S. Banda, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is Chief Scientist, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He serves as the Principal Scientific and Technical Advisor to the Director and is the primary authority for the technical content of the directorate's science and technology portfolio. The directorate leads and conducts research, exploratory and advanced development in aerospace platforms, propulsion systems for both atmospheric and space flight, platform integration and flight demonstration. Technology thrusts in the directorate include: air-breathing, missile, rocket, electric, space propulsion, hypersonic flight and space access, autonomous air vehicles, advanced flight control, sustainment of aircraft, engines, missiles and rockets, power and thermal management, air vehicle structures and aerodynamics, energy efficient aircraft and the development of alternative fuels and energy resource management for the Air Force. As Chief Scientist, Dr. Banda ensures that the total technical research program of the directorate is meeting national, Department of Defense, Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command and AFRL's objectives in core technical areas.

Dr. Banda joined the Flight Dynamics Laboratory in 1981 as an Aerospace Research Engineer in the flight controls division. His multi-faceted technical activities at the AFRL and its predecessors have included serving as an in-house Researcher, Task Team Leader, Group Leader, Program Manager, Branch Chief, Consultant, Mentor and Technical Leader for basic research in flight control systems. He has made pioneering and lasting contributions to robust multivariable control theory, reconfigurable flight control, adaptive guidance and control for hypersonic and reusable space access vehicles and cooperative control, which he has aggressively advocated as the key to making autonomously-operating unmanned air vehicles an integral part of tomorrow's airspace.

The author of more than 200 technical papers, reports and books, two patents and more than 130 invited lectures worldwide, Dr. Banda's personal technical career has focused on advancing the frontiers of control science and ensuring that the U.S. Air Force and aerospace industry possess the cutting-edge flight control solutions essential to fielding revolutionary air and space platforms for both military and commercial applications. He was appointed the U.S. Air Force Senior Scientist for Control Theory in 1999, the Air Vehicles Chief Scientist in 2011 and the Aerospace Systems Chief Scientist in 2012.

EDUCATION
1974 Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Regional Engineering College, Warangal, India
1976 Master of Science, Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
1978 Master of Science, Systems Engineering, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
1980 Doctor of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton, Ohio

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1981–1986, Aerospace Research Engineer, Flight Controls Division, Flight Dynamics Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2. 1986–1987, Group Leader, Flight Dynamics Directorate, Wright Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. 1981–1989, Adjunct Professor, Departments of Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Wright State University and Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton, Ohio
4. 1987–1995, Task team leader, Flight Dynamics Directorate, Wright Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. 1995–1996, Branch Chief and Program Manager, Flight Dynamics Directorate, Wright Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. 1996–2000, Technical leader, Air Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. 2000–2011, Senior Scientist for Control Theory and Director of the Control Science Center of Excellence, Air Vehicles Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. 2011 - 2012, Chief Scientist, Air Vehicles Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
9. 2012–May 2019, Chief Scientist, Aerospace Systems Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. June 2019–October 2019, Acting Chief Technology Officer, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. November 2019–present, Chief Scientist, Aerospace Systems Directorate, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

MAJOR AWARDS
1987 General Benjamin D. Foulois Award, Flight Dynamics Laboratory
1990 Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory
1993–1995 Star Team Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
1994 Best Paper Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
1999 Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
2000 Control Systems Technology Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2000–2005 Star Team Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
2001 Silver Medal, Royal Aeronautical Society
2002 Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2004 Member, National Academy of Engineering
2004 Meritorious Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award
2009 Distinguished Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award
2010 Fellow, International Federation of Automatic Control
2011 Nathaniel Nichols Medal, International Federation of Automatic Control

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - Fellow
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Fellow
International Federation of Automatic Control - Fellow
NATO Research and Technology Organization - Panel Member
Dept of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan - Advisory Board Member
National Academy of Engineering - Member

(Current as of October 2019)

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