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Biography

Wendy Okolo is a Special Emphasis Programs Manager at Ames and a Research Engineer in the Discovery and Systems Health Technology (DaSH) Area within the Intelligent Systems Division. In this role, she conducts research in control systems applications and systems health monitoring and develops solutions to aerospace engineering problems with control systems applications as a member of the Diagnostics and Prognostics team at DaSH.

She received her B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010 and 2015 respectively. During her undergraduate studies, she interned for two summers with Lockheed Martin working on NASA’s Orion spacecraft, first in the Requirements Management Office in Systems Engineering and then with the Hatch Mechanisms team in Mechanical Engineering. As a graduate student she worked as a summer researcher from 2010 to 2012 in the Control Design & Analysis Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Her dissertation research was in the area of aircraft formation flight as a fuel-saving method of flight, working in the Computer-Aided Control Systems Design Laboratory. Specifically, she employed alternative trimming mechanisms such as internal fuel transfer and differential thrusting to trim induced aerodynamic moments on the trail aircraft, reduce the need for the drag-inducing control effector deflections, and increase the benefits of flying in formation. This research was funded by the AFRL, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC), Zonta International, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Publications

  1. Okolo, W., Dogan, A., and Blake, W., “Ride Quality within Conventional and Delta-Wing Aircraft in Formation Flight”, in preparation for submission to the AIAA Journal of Aircraft.
  2. Okolo, W., Dogan, A., and Blake, W., “Alternate Trimming Methods for Trailing Aircraft in Formation Flight”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, v. 38, no. 10, October 2015, pp. 2018-2024, doi: http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/pdfplus/10.2514/1.G000574.
  3. Okolo, W., Dogan, A., and Blake, W., “Effect of Trail Aircraft Trim on Sweet Spot in Formation Flight”, AIAA Journal of Aircraft, v. 52, no. 4, July-August 2015, pp. 1201-1213, doi: http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/pdfplus/10.2514/1.C032865.
  4. Okolo, W., Dogan, A., and Blake, W., “Benefits of Formation Flight of Extended Duration Considering Fuel Burn”, AIAA paper 2015-2234, Proceedings of the AIAA Aviation Conference in Dallas, Texas, June 22-26, 2015. Best Graduate Student Technical Paper Award.
  5. Okolo, W., Dogan, A., and Blake, W., “Ride Quality Within Trail Aircraft in Formation Flight”, AIAA paper 2015-3325, Proceedings of the AIAA Aviation Conference in Dallas, Texas, June 22-26, 2015. Best Student Technical Paper Award.
  6. Okolo, W., Dogan, A., and Blake, W., “Effect of Trail Aircraft Size on Sweet Spot Location for a Conventional Aircraft Pair in Formation ”, AIAA paper 2015-0011, Proceedings of the AIAA SciTech Conference in Kissimmee, Florida, Jan. 5-9, 2015
  7. Blake, W., Okolo, W., and Dogan, A., “Development of an Aerodynamic Model for a Delta-Wing Equivalent Model II (EQ-II) Aircraft”, AIAA paper 2015-0902, Proceedings of the AIAA SciTech Conference in Kissimmee, Florida, Jan. 5-9, 2015
  8. Kampoon, J., Okolo, W., Sukru, A., Daskiran, O., and Dogan, A., “Wind Field Estimation and Its Utilization in Trajectory Prediction”, AIAA paper 2015-0756, Proceedings of the AIAA SciTech Conference in Kissimmee, Florida, Jan. 5-9, 2015
  9. Kampoon, J., Okolo, W., Sukru, A., Daskiran, O., and Dogan, A., “Aircraft Input Prediction in the Presence of Spatially Varying Wind Field”, AIAA paper 2015-0755, Proceedings of the AIAA SciTech Conference in Kissimmee, Florida, Jan. 5-9, 2015
  10. Okolo, W., Dogan, A., and Blake, W., “Modified Study of Trail Aircraft Trim Effect on Sweet Spot in Formation Flight”, AIAA paper 2014-0541, Proceedings of the AIAA SciTech Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Jan. 13-17, 2014
  11. Okolo, W., Dogan, A., and Blake, W., “A Modified Analysis of Alternate Lateral Trimming Methods for Flying Wing Aircraft at Sweet Spot in Formation Flight”, AIAA paper 2014-0543, Proceedings of the AIAA SciTech Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Jan. 13-17, 2014
  12. Okolo, W., Dogan, A., and Blake, W., “Application of Sweet Spot Determination to a Conventional Pair of Aircraft”, AIAA paper 2012-4402, Proceedings of the AIAA AFM Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Aug. 13-16, 2012
  13. Okolo, W., Dogan, A., and Blake, W., “Aircraft Lateral Trim Using Internal Fuel Transfer and Differential Thrust in Formation Flight”, AIAA paper 2011-6613, Proceedings of the AIAA AFM Conference in Portland, Oregon, Aug. 8-11, 2011
  14. Okolo, W., Dogan, A., and Blake, W., “Determination of Sweet Spot for Trailing Aircraft in Formation Flight”, AIAA paper 2011-6302, Proceedings of the AIAA AFM Conference in Portland, Oregon, Aug. 8-11, 2011

Professional Memberships

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Phi Kappa Phi
Society of Women Engineers
National Society of Black Engineers

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Wendy A. Okolo, Ph.D.
Aerospace Research Engineer
Diagnostics and Prognostics
Discovery and Systems Health
Intelligent Systems Division

Ames Research Center
Mail Stop 269-3
Moffett Field, CA 94035

Phone: 650.604.0456
Fax: 650.604.3594

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