Anna-Maria R. McGowan, B.S. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering '92

"An engineering education offers a world of opportunities: you can explore, invent, discover, solve, test, design, create, lead, and manage. I chose aerospace because of my fascination with airplanes and flight. During my career, I have thoroughly enjoyed being faced with ever evolving challenges and the opportunity to learn and be a part of something revolutionary. I have also learned that sharpening your non-technical skills − such as communication and interpersonal skills − is equally important in having a successful career."

Anna-Maria R. McGowan is the Project Manager of the Actively Tailored High Lift Systems Project, NASA. She began her career at NASA as a Co-Op student while at Purdue.

In 2000, Ms. McGowan was appointed manager of NASA's Morphing Project. This visionary $35 million per year project involved over 90 researchers and many external collaborators to develop and assess advanced technologies to enable efficient, multi-point adaptability (morphing) in future flight vehicles; primarily through the use of micro active flow control and adaptive structures and materials. In her current project, Ms. McGowan is overseeing the development and demonstration of innovative high lift and aero elastic technologies for short take-off and landing regional jets and supersonic business jets. 

A recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Sperry Award, Ms. McGowan has also earned numerous NASA awards and been heavily involved in national and local educational outreach programs. 

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