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Marty Bradley

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Part-Time Lecturer of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering



1994 Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering University of Southern California
Dissertation: Hypersonic Nozzle Design with Chemical and Vibrational Nonequilibrium
1991 E.A.E. Aerospace Engineering University of Southern California
Dual Emphasis: Spacecraft and Fluid Mechanics
1986 M.S. Aerospace Engineering University of Southern California
Emphasis: High Speed Fluids
1984 B.S. Aerospace Engineering University of Southern California
Summa Cum Laude
Courses or training in Program Management, Project Scheduling, System Architecting, Systems Engineering, Subcontract Management, Political Process, Turbulence Modeling, Radar Signature, and Hypersonic Propulsion.


A proven team leader for projects related to advanced concepts and technologies, electric and hybrid electric aircraft, green aircraft design, alternative fuels, environmental life cycle assessment (LCA), and propulsion. Has led vehicle design and technology planning studies for commercial and military operational and demonstrator vehicles. Broad experience in subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic propulsion integration in a wide variety of applications including subsonic and supersonic aircraft, high speed missiles, hypersonic cruise vehicles, and airbreathing space access vehicles. Has worked propulsion integration for turbines, ramjets, scramjets, ducted rockets, rockets, pulsejets, combined cycle engines, electric, and hybrid electric propulsion. Experienced in leading multi-disciplinary and multi-site design teams and can turn an idea into hardware.

2018-Present Lecturer University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
• Currently teaching the undergraduate capstone design course in Aircraft Design (AME-481).

2014-Present Technical Fellow Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Long Beach, CA
• Currently lead for Electric Aircraft Concepts for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Includes system analysis for advanced propulsion, advanced technologies, and electric/hybrid electric aircraft. Responsible for technology incubation and planning and responsibility for environmental analysis of new concepts.
• Currently leader for the AIAA Aircraft Electrified Propulsion and Power Working Group
• Currently on the Steering Teams and an Advisor for Boeing NASA contracts related to hybrid electric and truss braced wing technologies
• Chairman of AIAA Green Engineering Program Committee
• Served on the National Academies Low Carbon Aviation Committee

1988-2014 Technical Fellow Boeing Research & Technology, Huntington Beach, CA
• Technical Lead for the development of a Design for Environment toolset to calculate the life cycle environmental impact of Boeing products
• Environment Domain technical representative to the Boeing enterprise wide technology strategy process
• Associate Editor for Environment for the Boeing Technical Journal
• Led NASA funded Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research (SUGAR) phase I and phase II studies to identify and assess concepts and technologies for commercial aircraft in the 2030-2050 timeframe
• Led NASA funded Hypersonic NRA for Combined Cycle Propulsion – Analysis and multi-disciplinary design for a Turbine Based Combined Cycle (TBCC) flowpath
• Co-leader for the Commercial Aircraft Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) R&D Team.
• Lead for Alternative Fuels Development for the Boeing Research and Technology Platform Performance Technology organization. Responsible for life cycle and aircraft performance analysis with alternative fuels and advanced technologies.
• Chairman of the AIAA High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion Technical Committee, leading a team of 45 engineers from industry, government, academia, and international members.
• Developed the initial flight test plans for 3 tests with biofuel powered 747 and 737 aircraft for the Boeing Commercial Aircraft organization.
• Developed flight test planning documents for the first biofuel flight demonstration in a commercial aircraft (Virgin Atlantic 747).
• Design Lead for the AFRL Fully reusable Access to Space (FAST) contract.
• Led a detailed multi-disciplinary uncertainty analysis for the AFRL X-51 Scramjet Engine Demonstrator Program which included close coordination with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. Supported rocket booster design reviews.
• Coordinated tool development activities for the flight sciences organization in Huntington Beach. Included single and multidisciplinary activities in aerodynamics, design, rocket propulsion, guidance, and control for space vehicles and aircraft.
• Led an IRAD project to develop an advanced airbreathing pulsejet propulsion engine for aircraft applications.
• Led technical coordination activities for CFD, multidisciplinary optimization, and space access vision vehicle studies for the NASA X-43C program. Also, supported propulsion integration activities for turbine and scramjet flowpaths.
• Program/project manager for several programs related to the following areas: Quiet Supersonic Platform (QSP) supersonic aircraft, pulsejet ejector technology feasibility, and biological sensor development.
• Project manager for airbreathing architectures in the NASA funded Next Generation Launch Technology (NGLT) System Analysis Project
• Project manager for Air Force funded two-stage-to-orbit (TSTO) vehicle study for the Space Operations Vehicle (SOV) program.
• Project manager for three NASA funded two-stage-to-orbit (TSTO) vehicle studies for the Revolutionary Turbine Accelerator (RTA) program.
• Managed project to develop improved tools for the analysis of supersonic over-expanded nozzles.
• Project manager for an Air Force funded assessment of future hypersonic vehicles and propulsion test requirements for a proposed advanced propulsion test facility.
• Project Manager for Navy funded hypersonic strike missile system study (HWT). Coordinated design, propulsion, aerodynamic, mass properties, and performance analyses while working with numerous Boeing and external organizations.
• Program manager for a Boeing funded program that included the design, aerodynamic and thermal analysis, ground testing, and flight testing of a high speed (Mach 3-4.5) ramjet powered missile.
• Program manager for a DARPA funded cruise missile defense study that utilized gun-launched and rocket-boosted scramjet and ramjet powered missiles.
• Provided complete propulsion and airframe design and analysis support for a high-speed interceptor for a DARPA funded Low Cost Cruise Missile Defense (LCCMD) study contract.
• Developed performance and signature models (RCS and IR) for threat cruise missiles.
• Managed company funded research and software development activities that resulted in a multi-disciplinary Excel-based design and optimization tool (SCREAM) for a class of ramjet and scramjet powered missiles.
• Conducted and coordinated computational and experimental nozzle studies for hypersonic aircraft concepts (Mach 0-25) for the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) and other hypersonic programs.
• Propulsion integration for hydrogen and hydrocarbon fueled low speed, turbine, rocket, ramjet, and scramjet propulsion systems.
• Analyzed hypersonic nonequilibrium nozzle flows.
• Expert on external and base burning concepts to eliminate transonic base drag.

1984-1988 Senior Engineer Northrop Aircraft Division, Hawthorne, CA
• Conducted analysis and experimental nozzle and thrust reverser studies for high performance low observable fighter aircraft including the F-23 Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF).
• Conducted extensive analyses of aircraft infrared signature that included writing a nozzle infrared signature code capable of being integrated into an engine cycle deck.

1983 Summer Hire Rockwell International North American Aircraft, El Segundo, CA
Performed inlet, nozzle, and installed performance analysis for B-1B and ATF programs.

2018 Fellow AIAA
2018 Engineers’ Council “Distinguished Engineering Project Achievement Award” for electric aircraft
2017 Engineers’ Council “Distinguished Achievement Award: For … advanced technology aircraft, fuel, and propulsion concepts that … reduce commercial aviation carbon emissions”
2016 Selected by the AIAA to lead the Electric Aircraft/Hybrid Electric Propulsion Working Group
2015 Selected to serve on the National Academies Low Carbon Aviation Committee
2014 Boeing Performance & Innovation Award for NASA SUGAR Program

  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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Contact Information
  • mkbradle@usc.edu


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