Mr. Paul Cobb has over 25 years experience as a results-driven Engineering and Operations professional with expertise in effectively translating business requirements into technical architecture and system designs to achieve strategic objectives. He brings significant experience with developing and managing distributed teams of senior software and hardware engineers and research scientists. Complex simulation systems for improving the National Airspace System (NAS) and Virtual Environment Training systems for the U.S. military stand as two of the technical areas in which Mr. Cobb has invested much of his career.
Currently Mr. Cobb is the Software Technical Area Lead for NASA’s Aviation Systems Division under the NAMS contract. His position provides software expertise and direction in developing simulation systems and decision support tools for NASA’s research on next generation Air Traffic Management systems. Recently, Mr. Cobb has lead the development of an architecture for SMART-NAS, a NASA National Airspace Simulation Test bed. SMART-NAS will allow integrated, real-time and/or fast-time assessment of gate-to-gate operations and their performance using real-world NAS inputs. His efforts are driving the design and development for a highly complex Cloud-based architecture that will allow researchers distributed across the country to run thousands of complex simulations simultaneously. This will allow faster turnaround times and reduced costs for the development of next generation Air Traffic Management technologies and new concepts for managing the projected massive numbers of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to be added to the National Airspace System.