Dr. Stephen Cook is the Northrop Grumman Fellow in the Northrop Grumman Office of Independent Airworthiness, where he is responsible for developing and implementing airworthiness policy and strategy across Northrop Grumman’s portfolio of manned and unmanned aircraft.
Within the broader airworthiness community, Dr. Cook leads standards development efforts for manned and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in multiple consensus standards bodies including ASTM, ICAO, and RTCA. He serves as Chair of the ASTM Task Group on Autonomy in Aviation and also leads the airworthiness subcommittee for UAS. In partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Dr. Cook led the formation of the Certificate of Study in Airworthiness Engineering - the first graduate program in airworthiness in the United States which was recognized with the Engineers’ Council Distinguished Engineering Project Achievement Award in 2017.
Before joining Northrop Grumman, Dr. Cook worked at the MITRE Corporation as Principal Safety Engineer where he supported multiple efforts to integrate civil and military UAS into the National Airspace System. Prior to joining MITRE, Dr. Cook served as a civilian at the Naval Air Systems Command where he led the UAS Division of the Airworthiness Directorate, an independent office within the Command responsible for certifying the airworthiness of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. Dr. Cook has also taught as an Adjunct Visiting Professor to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at North Carolina State University.
Dr. Cook earned his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2003, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University. He became an Associate Fellow of AIAA in 2016, and received the Engineers’ Council Outstanding Engineering Merit Achievement Award in 2018.