Parimal Kopardekar

Parimal Kopardekar

Director
NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI), NASA

Dr. Parimal (PK) Kopardekar is responsible for exploring new trends and needs related to aviation in the areas of autonomy, aeronautics manufacturing, and advanced air mobility. He also serves as NASA’s senior technologist for Air Transportation Systems and principal investigator for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management project. Formerly, he was manager of the NASA’s Safe Autonomous System Operations Project, which developed autonomy related concepts, technologies and architectures that increase efficiency, safety, and capacity of airspace operations. Prior to that, he managed Next Generation Air Transportation Systems Concepts and Technology Development Project. Dr. Kopardekar is the winner of the 2020 NASA Government Invention of the Year and the 2018 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals in the “Promising Innovations” category. In 2017, he was named among the 25 most influential people in commercial drone industry.