- David Dickson
- Ph.D. Student (AE)
- Montgomery Knight Building270 Ferst DriveAtlanta, GA 30332United States
David Dickson is an Aerospace Engineering Masters student in the Cognitive Engineering Center at Georgia Tech. He received his B.S. in Slavic and Policy Studies from Rice University in May 2006, and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in May 2009, with minors in mathematics, physics, and aerospace engineering. He worked as a systems analyst for Northrop Grumman and ITT from 2009 to 2012, performing verification and validation of modeling and simulation systems for the U.S. Air Force. Through this work, in 2010 he presented a paper at the 8th Annual U.S. Missile Defense Conference on the need for representation of humans-in-control (HIC) in high-fidelity, slower-than-real-time simulations. In 2012, he interned at the NASA Payload Operations and Integration Center (POIC) at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, working with the systems integration team on POIC operations, and also with fellow interns and co-ops on a center-wide unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) project. David enjoys obscure history, politics, and literature, and will converse on music for hours, whether the genre be classical, rock, rap, jazz, or just about anything else one could name. He is an intermediate-level piano player and sings on occasion.
David’s research, under the supervision of Dr. Feigh, is focused on Loss-of-Control (LOC) scenario modeling in aircraft descent situations, as well as comparison of simulation results with Human-In-The-Loop experiments. For this research, he works with the programming framework 'Work Models that Compute' (WMC), an C++ architecture.