Bryan has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field since 1989 and is
currently directing research on high performance propellants and atmospheric entry.
He currently leads work related to human Mars entry, descent, and landing (EDL) where
rocket deceleration is planned for the final descent to the planet's surface. He is also
investigating outer planet atmospheres and the challenges and benefits of mining them
for future space missions.
A recent focus of his research is in nanoparticle metal additives for gelled liquid fuels,
and solid hydrogen for atomic propellants.
He recently led the Fire Prevention - Accident Mitigation aspects of the NASA /FAA Aviation
Safety Program, investigating ways of making aircraft and their fuels safer.
In 1996, he led the NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) special topic for
commercializing safer, denser propellants.
In 1995, he led a team to plan the testing of a 1500 pound thrust Oxygen/Hydrogen windowed
rocket engine with laser-based measurements of injector and combustor mixing.
For six years, he led many studies of advanced space systems for orbital and interplanetary
travel at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.
He was also the lead propulsion subsystem engineer on the Ocean Topography Experiment (
TOPEX) for three years, as well as being involved other flight projects such as the Galileo
Mission to Jupiter and the Cassini Mission to Saturn.
He holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the City
College of New York.
He has received the AIAA Sustained Service Award in 2004, and was chair of the AIAA Nuclear
and Future Flight Propulsion Technical committee for 3 years.
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