NASA Armstrong AQUIFER project CO-PI
Jason A. Lechniak is an Aerospace engineer at NASA Armstrong at Edwards AFB, CA. Mr. Lechniak holds a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (2004) and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2002) from the University of Colorado Boulder. From 2000 to 2012 his work was focused in the field of computational aeroelastic modeling and simulation both as a research assistant at CU and as an engineer at Edwards AFB, CA. His work was focused on application of aerodynamic and aeroelastic computational mechanics to flight test events. He has worked to apply computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational structural dynamics (CSD) and fluid-structure interaction (FSI) applied to difficult to solve real world applications. Between 2012 and 2015 he worked with the Hypersonic Combined Test Force (HCTF) at Edwards AFB, CA on supporting hypersonic parameter identification, flight testing, flight safety, and integrating M&S into flight testing. He primarily worked on X-51 Waverider, Spaceshiptwo, Small Launch Vehicle to Orbit (SALVO), Dream Chaser, Reusable Booster System (RBS) and other hypersonic/high speed programs. With NASA he has worked on X-56 Multi-Utility Technology Testbed (MUTT), Towed Glider Air Launch System (TGALS) , Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology (LEAPTech), Spanwise Adaptive Wing (SAW), GO1 Launcher, aerodynamic data analysis, aerodynamic modeling, Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) instrumentation and future X-plane cost/risk analysis. Currently he is working Aqueous, Quick-charging battery Integration For Electric flight Research (AQUIFER), Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology (RVLT), Prandtl Propeller, is a NASA house team FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) robotics mentor and is the Section Chair for the AIAA Antelope Valley Section.