Kurt Severance


Kurt Severance is a senior computer engineer in the Flight Software Systems Branch, where he conducts research in real-time imaging, data visualization, and photogrammetry systems applied to aeronautics, space, and atmospheric sciences.  He contributed to many flight projects including those of the F-16XL, F-106B, X-43A, Ares I-X, CALIPSO, and the Max Launch Abort System (MLAS).  His most recent work involved development and integration of real-time image processing systems for multi-sensor image fusion and moving-target detection, which was recently tested during a successful flight test on the Langley B-200 KingAir.  He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and former Chairman of the AIAA Hampton Roads Section.  Kurt has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Louisville and a Master’s Degree from the College of William and Mary.


8,655,094. Sam Miller and Kurt Severance. Photogrammetry System and Method for Determining Relative Motion Between Two Bodies. 2014.

6,478,735. Alan Pope and Kurt Severance. Physiological Feedback Method and System. 2002.


2015 – NASA Group Achievement Award: Vision System Technologies Team.

2011 – NASA NESC Engineering Excellence Award: Orion Crew Module Photogrammetry.

2011 – NASA Group Achievement Award: Crew Module Water Landing.

2010 – NASA Group Achievement Award: Ares I-X Systems Engineering.

2009 – NASA Group Achievement Award: Max Launch Abort System Team.

2008 – NASA Group Achievement Award: CALIPSO Data Processing Team.

2006 – NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal: World-class Data Visualization Systems.

2005 – NASA Group Achievement Award: Flight 3 of X-43A Hyper-X.

2004 – NASA Group Achievement Award: Flight 2 of X-43A Hyper-X.

2004 – NASA Group Achievement Award: Flight 587 Accident Investigation.