Bill Buck
Contact Information

Bill K. Buck
Aerospace Engineer
Crew Systems and Aviation Operations Branch (D318)

NASA Langley Research Center
24 West Taylor St.
Mail Stop 152
Hampton, VA 23681
Work: (757) 864-3542


Bill Buck is a Research Aerospace Engineer with the Crew Systems and Aviation Operations Branch at NASA Langley Research Center with more than 29 years of project design and engineering experience in diverse government and industry environments supporting innovative component and product technologies. In addition to being a team lead within the branch, Bill is currently chief architect and designer of the ROAM (Remote Operations for Autonomous Missions) UAS Operations Center at NASA Langley. The ROAM UAS Operations Center directly supports training, simulation research, and flight operations research in subprojects like High Density Vertiplex (HDV), Autonomous Systems – Human Autonomy Teaming (HAT), Scalable Traffic Management for Emergency Response Operations (STEReO), and Multi-aircraft Remote Emergency Response Assessment (MaRERA).

Since October 2018, Bill has supported the testing and checkout of the Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) software under the Airspace Technology Demonstration (ATD-3) Traffic Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests (TASAR) subproject, the Increasing Diverse Operations (IDO) subproject in the development of an automation process to create Trajectory-Based Operations aircraft scenarios from FAA SWIM recorded data, and served as a Subtopic Manager for the A3.01: Advanced Air Traffic Management Systems Concepts subtopic within for the NASA SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) Program.

Bill also has extensive experience in aircraft flight data analysis, atmospheric turbulence detection and mitigation technologies, and wake vortex encounters research. Prior to joining NASA, Bill supported the development of a turbulence auto-pilot reporting system, the enhanced turbulence radar hazard table development and certification for industry, and the development of a wake vortex hazard metric identification and its characterization. Bill also led the engineering development and application of a wake vortex data screening utility that has been successfully integrated within a third-party airline flight data processor to analyze autonomously more than 380,000 full flights for multiple commercial aircraft types.

Bill holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering in flight dynamics and control from Old Dominion University.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

2023 – NASA Group Achievement Award – High Density Vertiplex AOA Flight Test Team

2023 – NASA Langley Research Center Superior Achievement Award – For Outstanding Leadership and Creativity Developing the ROAM UAS Operations Center

2022 – NASA Associate Administrator Award 2021 – Technology and Innovation for ROAM/MPATH Development

2019 – NASA Group Achievement Award – Traffic Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests (TASAR) NASA / Alaska Airlines / Industry Team

2019 – NASA Langley Transformer of the Year, Partnership Category – Traffic Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests (TASAR) Team