David E. Bowles, PhD

Title: Executive Director, Virginia Institute for Spaceflight & Autonomy
Company: Old Dominion University
Location: Exmore, Virginia, United States

David E. Bowles, PhD, Executive Director of the Virginia Institute for Spaceflight and Autonomy at Old Dominion University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aerospace research.

When Dr. Bowles was 13 years old, he witnessed the first landing on the moon. Ever since then, he has been fascinated by everything about space. When it came time to pursue a formal education, he enrolled at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. By 1978, he earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering science and mechanics, going on to acquire a Master’s degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in the same field in 1980 and 1990, respectively. Since 2015, Dr. Bowles has excelled as the director of the NASA Langley Research Center alongside his more recent venture as executive director of the Virginia Institute for Spaceflight and Autonomy at Old Dominion University.

Outside of his primary endeavors, Dr. Bowles is a member of the Eastern Shore Community College Board and the Virginia Aerospace Business Association Board. He additionally sits on the advisory board for the Commonwealth Center for Innovative Technology and the Virginia Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council. As a testament to his professional success, Dr. Bowles earned the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. Reflecting on his accomplishments, Dr. Bowles attributes his success to the lessons and values instilled in him by his parents from a young age. Looking toward the future, he is considering the possibility of teaching as he approaches retirement.

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