Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Jr. is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and spent the majority of his career at NASA, from which he retired in 2013. He is currently technical director for National Aerospace Solutions at the Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee.
Most recently, he was associate administrator for mission support at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was credited with streamlining NASA missions by realigning the agency’s workforce and infrastructure. In 2013, he was appointed executive in residence at Cleveland State University’s Washkewicz College of Engineering.
From December 2005 to April 2010, Dr. Whitlow was director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Under his leadership, the center increased its statewide annual economic impact to $1.2 billion while conducting integral aeronautics and spaceflight research. He served as the center’s director of research and technology from September 1998 to September 2003.
As deputy director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida from September 2003 to December 2005, Dr. Whitlow coordinated with the center director to oversee the safe resumption of U.S. human space flights after the Columbia shuttle tragedy and the successful implementation of new procedures to maximize the safety of space missions.
Dr. Whitlow started his NASA career in 1979 as a research scientist at the Langley Research Center in Virginia, where he eventually led research programs to develop technology for airframe systems and oversaw research in structural mechanics, structural dynamics, computational structures and other areas.
Dr. Whitlow earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has won many awards, including the NASA Distinguished Service Honor Medal and the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive.