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J.R. Gloudemans

J.R. received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. His work at NASA includes RAM, a 3D parameter based aircraft modeler, and bezier surface intersection and trimming libraries. At Shoreline Studios, he assisted in the development and deployment of FoxTrax, a system for enhancing the visibility of the puck in hockey games. As a founding member of Sportvision, he worked on a variety of broadcast enhancements, including AirF/X, Telestrator, K-Zone, SurroundView, and 1st & Ten, where he was the project manager and lead developer.

Rob McDonald

Rob received his BS from the University of Missouri at Rolla and his MS and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech (all in Aerospace Engineering). He has worked on geometry tools for aircraft design since 2001. He is an Associate Professor in the Aerospace Engineering department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he has been since 2006.

Mark Moore

Mark has worked for NASA for 29 years, the entire time focusing on conceptual design studies of advanced aircraft concepts. He received his Master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Stanford University and is currently completing his PhD at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on understanding how to best integrate the emerging technology area of electric propulsion and automation to achieve breakthrough aviation vehicle capabilities. He has authored many technical publications promoting a future vision of distributed and on-demand aviation, with his recent papers highlighting the disruptive technology capabilities of electric propulsion to fundamentally alter current aviation capabilities. Currently his research efforts include advanced concepts relating to On-Demand Mobility, Aerial Robotics, Atmospheric Satellites, and Airborne Wind Turbines.

Andy Hahn

Andrew Hahn has worked at NASA for over 30 years, all of it in Systems Analysis, doing mostly conceptual aircraft design. He has worked on projects that span the full range of aeronautics from heavy lift and ultra high altitude lighter-than-air craft, through vertical takeoff jet fighters, Uninhabited Air Vehicles, Personal Air Vehicles, commercial airliners, and even a small Mars airplane. He is currently performing a Propulsion-Aerodynamic Integration for an airliner with an Over-Wing-Nacelle and is one of the principle people behind the development of Open Vehicle Sketch Pad (OpenVSP). Mr. Hahn has a Masters degree from Leland Stanford, Jr. University and a Bachelors degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, both in Aeronautical Engineering.

Bill Fredericks

Bill Fredericks started at NASA Langley Research Center as a coop student in Jan 2003. One of his early assignments at NASA was to exercise VSP in order to find bugs in the software. He graduated from Purdue University in December 2006, he began working full time in Aeronautics Systems Analysis Branch. His notable projects he has performed include: Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle Aerodynamic Database, Truss-Braced Wing Airliner for Fuel Efficient Cruise, Dynamic Soaring UAV to gather data in hurricanes. His most notable project is the design, fabrication and flight testing of Greased Lightning, a cruise efficient VTOL demonstrator. It has the goal of achieving 4x improvement in the cruise efficiency of VTOL rotorcraft. Bill is a very experienced VSP modeler, and most of the really good VSP models in the Hangar come from him. Bill uses VSP to not only perform conceptual design, and also to directly feed rapid prototyping of concepts that have gone to flight. He simply loves to ideate new advanced concepts and will model them in VSP for fun on his own time. Bill grew up flying. He started flying sailplanes at 13 years old and is now rated in gliders, single-engine, multi-engine and instrument rated and owns a Mooney M20J. Bill is also reserve artillery officer in the Marine Corps and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.

Alex Gary

Alex is currently an undergraduate student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He has been a part of the OpenVSP development team since 2012 and maintains this website. He is currently the Co-President of Cal Poly's Design/Build/Fly club and has been involved with the club since 2011. Alex also enjoys flying and obtained his private pilot's license when he was 17.