Irving C. Statler, PhD

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Title: Associate Emeritus
Company: NASA Ames Research Center
Location: Mountain View, California, United States

Irving Statler, Associate Emeritus at the NASA Ames Research Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aerospace engineering.

As a child, Dr. Statler would hop on his bicycle and follow airplanes flying overhead for as long as he could. Fascinated by one of the greatest marvels of modern engineering, he vowed at this early age to work in the field that would satiate his curiosity and interest. Following this pursuit, he first earned a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering and in engineering mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1945. In the following year, he served with the United States Air Force. He later received a PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1956. In his career, Dr. Statler largely focused on the human factors of aerospace engineering.

Prior to retiring in 2008 and becoming an associate emeritus of the NASA Ames Research Center, Dr. Statler worked in a career filled with many achievements. He began his work with the NASA Ames Research Center in 1988 as a senior staff scientist, and then became the Chief of the Human Factors Research Decision in 1992. Prior to this position, Dr. Statler provided his services as the Director of AGARD with NATO, and as the Director of the Aeromechanics Laboratory with the US Army Air Mobility Research and Development Laboratory. Throughout the late 1950s and into the 1960s, he contributed his skills with the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory in roles such as senior staff scientist with the Aerosciences Division, Head of the Applied Mechanics Department and principal engineer with the Flight Research Department. Furthermore, Dr. Statler lectured at the University of Buffalo, and worked as a research scientist for the Research Analyst Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

In his career, Dr. Statler authored Distributed National FOQA Program in 2002 and the Aviation Performance Measuring System (SPMS) in 1980. He has been recognized on numerous occasions; in 2012 he received the Distinguished Statesman Aeronautics Award from the NAA. In 1993 and again in 1999, NASA recognized Dr. Statler with the Group Achievement Award. In addition, he received an International Cooperation in Space Medal from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1992 and a NATO Military Committee Chairman Medal in 1988. He became a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. Furthermore, he maintained professional affiliation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the German Aerospace Society, the American Helicopter Society and Sigma Xi.

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