Tod Lewis


Mr. Lewis is a senior researcher in the Crew Systems and Aviation Operations Branch at NASA Langley Research Center. Since 2015, he led a research effort to inform requirements for a detect and avoid system that will allow unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to safely integrate into the National Airspace System (NAS). At present, he is leading a ConOps development effort for UAS contingency management with a focus on lost link behaviors and procedures.

Prior to that, Mr. Lewis served as the Chief Engineer of the Air Traffic Operations Laboratory and Branch Team Lead for Air Traffic Management. He has conducted several human-in-the-loop studies utilizing the cockpit motion facility to investigate the reduction of community noise utilizing a NASA-developed algorithm and new cockpit display elements to enable Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) procedures.

Prior to joining NASA in 2001, he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Airports where he was responsible for national specifications for airfield lighting, marking, and signage. Additionally, he was the U.S. representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Visual Aids Panel. He also served on several FAA/Industry working groups involving terminal operations, including Land and Hold Short Operations, Runway Incursion Prevention, and Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems. Mr. Lewis has been a licensed private pilot since 1993. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer and Electronics Engineering from George Mason University in 1988.