Parimal Kopardekar, Ph.D.



Parimal Kopardekar, Ph.D.

Senior Technologist, Air Transportation Systems
NASA Ames Research Center

Parimal Kopardekar, Ph.D.

Parimal Kopardekar (PK) serves as the NASA’s Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System. In this capacity, he conducts research on advanced concepts and technologies that will increase efficiency of current air transportation system and enable future systems. Previously, he managed NASA’s Safe Autonomous System Operations and NextGen Concepts and Technology Development projects where he led research and development activities focused on new automation and autonomy concepts, technologies, and architectures to increase efficiency, safety and capacity of airspace operations. He has published more than 40 articles, with two best paper awards. Dr. Kopardekar enjoys initiating new concepts and technology ideas that increase airspace capacity and throughput, increase mobility, reduce delays, and make air transportation more scalable.  At NASA, he has initiated many innovative research initiatives, including reduced crew operations, net-enabled air traffic management, autonomy for airspace operations, Shadow-Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART NAS), and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) to safely enable UAS operations in low-altitude airspace.  Prior to joining NASA in 2002, he conducted research and development activities for the FAA and its contractors.  Dr. Kopardekar is the recipient of numerous NASA awards, including the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal, NASA ARMD Award for Partnerships, Outstanding Leadership Medal, and Engineer of the Year. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering and bachelor’s degree in production engineering. He also serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aerospace Operations.

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