Ms. Susan A. Gorton has been with NASA for 20 years and has been the NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Project lead for the past 14 years. The project mission is to develop and validate tools, technologies and concepts to overcome key barriers for vertical lift vehicles. Ms. Gorton is responsible for the work in this area that is conducted at NASA Ames, Armstrong, Glenn and Langley. Prior to joining NASA, she was a researcher in the Army’s Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, now known as the Technology Development Directorate, for 15 years.
Ms. Gorton has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Aeronautics from the George Washington University. Ms. Gorton has authored or co-authored over 85 publications, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (three times), the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Army Civilian Service Medal, the Army Research and Development Award, the University of Illinois Outstanding Alumna award, and the Vertical Flight Society’s AgustaWestland International Fellowship Award.
Ms. Gorton is an Honorary Fellow of the Vertical Flight Society and Associate Fellow of the AIAA. She also holds a helicopter private pilot’s license.