HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

DR. JOHN A. BENEK

PRINT | E-MAIL

Dr. John A. Benek, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is Senior Scientist for Computational Fluid Dynamics, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He provides leadership and strategic vision for the Directorate's research and development programs in high-fidelity, physics-based modeling of fluid flows and fluid-coupled multidisciplinary phenomena. In addition, he advises the Air Force on fluid-flow simulation capability.

Dr. Benek joined the Air Vehicles Directorate in 2003 as a senior scientist. He has extensive technical management experience and a broad range of experimental and computational experience covering the range of flow phenomena, from rarefied to continuum, across the subsonic to hypersonic speed regimes. He has led both basic and applied research efforts in these areas. In addition, he is a pioneer in combining experimental and high-fidelity physics simulations to reduce system development risk and cost. To further this concept, he has established a network of close ties with NASA, Army, Navy and Department of Energy organizations. Dr. Benek has served on numerous strategic planning groups with the test and evaluation community.

EDUCATION
1968 Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
1969 Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering, University of Tennessee
1975 Doctor of Philosophy degree in aerospace engineering, University of Tennessee

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1964 - 1968, cooperative engineering student, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
2. 1969 - 1980, research engineer, Arnold Research Organization, Inc., AEDC, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
3. 1980 - 1985, principal engineer, Calspan/AEDC Operations, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
4. 1985 - 1994, Manager, CFD Branch, Calspan/AEDC Operations, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
5. 1994 - 1995, Manager, CFD Branch, Micro Craft/AEDC Operations, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold AFB, Tenn.
6. 1996 - 2000, Manager, Integrated Test and Evaluation, Micro Craft, Tullahoma, Tenn.
7. 2000 - 2003, Manager, T&E Support, Raytheon, Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
8. 2003 - 2012, Senior Scientist, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Air Vehicles Directorate, AFRL, AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
9. 2012 - present, Senior Scientist, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Aerospace Systems Directorate, AFRL, AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

AWARDS AND HONORS
Arnold Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - AIAA
Fellow, Arnold Engineering Development Center - AEDC
Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Cincinnati College of Engineering

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - AIAA
International Test and Evaluations Association
Sigma Xi

(Current as of June 2013)

Engage

Facebook Twitter
Every #Airman has a story and their unique, diverse backgrounds only make our fighting force stronger. Read how thi… https://t.co/yy8SQcJkNo
.@USAFCENT #Airmen keep an eye in the sky, provide long-range radar surveillance at #AlUdeidAirBase.… https://t.co/EJXwQfc9Wl
#Airmen @28thBombWing are replacing outdated multi-purpose vehicles - nicknamed bread trucks - w/ five new transit… https://t.co/zx6Kd979jm
Any time, any place! An independent duty medical technician #Airman @Hurlburt_Field performs life-saving procedures… https://t.co/0a36WYRHux
The 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron @BagramAirfield keeps #Airmen connected downrange. https://t.co/5RBafip23c
RT @DeptofDefense: Training to be the best! A @USAirForce pilot trains in the 360-degree Operational Flight Training Simulator at @Sheppar
An #Airman assigned @TeamMinot crouches in rotor wash in the Turtle Mountain State Forest, during a field training… https://t.co/ERqU5OnEJ0
Threatening weather does not stop once hurricane season ends, and it becomes the mission of the #HurricaneHunters t… https://t.co/ad5VuNO6mP
Virtual, augmented reality may hold key to future #AirForce training. Find out how: https://t.co/FAcEaj4w6f https://t.co/7tdpioVtu9
#MentorMonday: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mu… https://t.co/PjGcBMVliB
Our partnerships and @NATO allies help keep our mission moving forward. https://t.co/5R4ZB7XqXs
$40M up for grabs! Find out how your small business can make some cash while helping solve some of the #USAF's toug… https://t.co/0AEmZhZGdI
RT @SecAFOfficial: Happy birthday 🎉 to #USAF Col & #space pioneer Buzz Aldrin @TheRealBuzz ✈️🚀 https://t.co/gIsicyA1uk
#Innovation! First metallic #3Dprinted part installed on an operational #F22 Raptor @HAFB. The new part will not co… https://t.co/rkKr1jtThg
Practice makes perfect! These #SpecOps medical experts maintain readiness & relevance for all operations, today and… https://t.co/WMpdt9LTGe
Remembering a woman who changed the world: Millicent Young, Women #AirForce Service Pilot in World War II, dies at… https://t.co/mri1QRXOC8
From fast food to future technology, one #Airman found a new calling @AirNatlGuard and decided to ditch the fryer f… https://t.co/I8qX7GpH4n
An #F35 sits on the flightline @LukeAFB, Jan. 10. Six different aircraft maintenance units from #TeamLuke competed… https://t.co/OxVMxf7Ayw
It takes a lot of coordination to clear a flightline of snow, but @TeamMisawa--a place that averaged more than 147… https://t.co/VQ4qjdsxFz