Dr. Peter Erbland joined DARPA as a program manager in February 2013. Currently, he focuses on advanced hypersonic systems and technologies including hypersonic aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics, structures and materials, and guidance, navigation and control, as well as basic and applied research in fluid mechanics, laser-based optical diagnostic techniques and numerical modeling.
Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Erbland served as senior technical advisor for the Aeronautical Sciences Division of the Air Vehicles Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL); technology manager at the Space Operations Vehicle Office in the Air Vehicles Directorate, AFRL; and instrumentation and flight systems technology manager for the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) Joint Program Office. Additionally, he has held various technical, line management and program management positions at AFRL.
This is Dr. Erbland’s second sojourn as a program manager at DARPA; in October 2008, he served in the Tactical Technology Office as the deputy program manager and flight director for the Falcon HTV-2 program. In these roles, he was responsible for directing efforts of the flight-test team and the government technical team, and the coordination of program activities with other Services and agencies.
Dr. Erbland holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also earned Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.
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