Andrew Carpenter, Ph.D. '09

Andrew Carpenter1 WebDr. Andrew Carpenter graduated in 2009 with his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering.  After graduating, he went to work for Northrop Grumman in Palmdale, CA as a flight test engineer.  While working in flight test, Carpenter worked on the Aerodynamic Efficiency Initiative program demonstrating swept-wing laminar flow on a test article mounted underneath a Scaled Composites White Knight aircraft.  He then supported MP-RTIP radar flight tests and demonstrations of low-acoustic propellers flown on company-owned Cessna 206 and 208 aircraft. Later he worked on Northrop Grumman’s Firebird medium-altitude ISR platform demonstrating several new sensor payloads and converting the aircraft to be optionally piloted.  In 2014, Carpenter took over leadership of the aerodynamics department in El Segundo, California, where he assumed responsibility for aerodynamic technologies for research and development.  Most recently he spent the past two years working on Northrop Grumman’s T-X aircraft, leading the flight sciences group.