Charles Cross Chief, Turbine Engine Division Air Force Research Laboratory
AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum 2021
Dr. Charles J. Cross is the Chief of the Turbine Engine Division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. In this capacity, he leads a 250 person division in executing a $110,000,000 per year budget to plan, develop and transition advanced turbine engine technologies in order to sustain legacy systems, develop emerging systems, and enable future propulsion concepts. To fulfill this mission, he is the Tri-service lead for the Advanced Turbine Technology for Affordable Mission Capability (ATTAM) program, ensuring USAF efforts are coordinated across DoD services.
Dr. Cross has been with the Air Force Research Laboratory and its predecessor organizations since 1989. His multi-faceted technical activities have included serving as an in-house researcher, team leader, group leader, program manager, branch chief, consultant, mentor and technical leader for basic research in structural dynamics, life prediction and failure analysis of turbine engine components. He is an internationally recognized expert in turbine engine dynamics, mechanics and durability and has led numerous national and international teams to investigate costly turbine engine fatigue and structural dynamics issues to resolve problems that impacted fielded engine systems for many years. His publication record includes over 110 journal papers, technical reports and proceedings, and one patent.