Mr. Steve Komadina joined DARPA in July 2019 as a program manager in the Tactical Technology Office. His research interests include technology development, flight demonstration, and prototyping of hypersonic systems; novel planforms/propulsion/controls; autonomous/unmanned air systems; air-to-air weapons; and manned/unmanned teaming.
Before joining DARPA, Komadina was an engineering fellow for Raytheon Missile Systems’ Advanced Missile Systems Center, where he worked on hypersonic and cruise missile programs.
Prior to joining Raytheon, Komadina had a 37-year career with Northrop Grumman, where he was a program manager on various initiatives including U.S. Air Force Next Generation Air Dominance. He held chief engineer positions on the DARPA-funded Oblique Flying Wing and Quiet Supersonic Platform programs, and engineering positions on DARPA’s Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle and Tacit Blue programs. Over the years, Komadina held a variety of flight sciences engineering and management positions supporting cutting-edge technology and systems programs.
Komadina earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Arizona State University. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and currently a member of that organization’s Aircraft Design Technical Committee.
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