Steven Velotas Biography

Mr. Steven Velotas is the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) Associate Director for Intelligent Flight Systems.  Intelligent Flight Systems’ mission is to transform aviation and aerospace through adaptive and autonomous systems, human-automation teaming solutions, integrated flight systems, and new vehicle and operational concepts.  Steve has over 25 years of experience and increasing responsibilities in the aviation domain as a leader, project manager, systems analyst, and Naval Flight Officer.  Prior to his current role, he served as both the Branch Head and Assistant Branch Head of the Crew Systems and Aviation Operations Branch (CSAOB) at LaRC, where he directed and oversaw engineers and scientists conducting pioneering aeronautics research and development in flight deck technologies, human-automation integration and teaming, human factors, unmanned systems, and air traffic operations to enhance usability and safety of aerospace vehicles, improve efficiency of national airspace operations, and enable integration of revolutionary vehicles into operations.  Prior to the Branch leadership roles, Steve served as the Deputy Project Manager for LaRC for the Concepts and Technology Demonstration (CTD) and Systems Analysis, Integration, and Evaluation (SAIE) Projects for the NASA Airspace Systems Program.  Before joining NASA, Steve was the Vice President of Operations for AeroTech Research Inc., where he guided research and development in turbulence and weather mitigation systems for aircraft.  The technologies developed have been incorporated into over 700 commercial airline aircraft and weather-driven solution systems.   Steve has also led evaluations of systems engineering projects in communications, command and control, and information technology for the United States Joint Forces Command’s Joint Battle Center; and served for 10 years as a Naval Flight Officer (U.S. Navy) on E-2C Hawkeye command and control aircraft, including two squadron tours, a joint tour to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and a tour as director of fleet information warfare support.  Steve earned an M.B.A. in Information Systems from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.