Biography for John Muratore

John Muratore is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) in Tullahoma Tennessee. Mr Muratore instructs in a wide variety of subjects including Flight Test Instrumentation and Data Processing, Systems Engineering and Aircraft Performance, Stability and Control Flight Testing. Mr Muratore’s research interests include the use of advanced instrumentation and flight simulation to improve flight testing and the use of airborne science instrumentation for studying the earth’s environment.

Prior to joining UTSI, Mr Muratore served for 28 years in the United States Air Force (USAF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Mr. Muratore started his career as a USAF officer assigned to space launch duties at Vandenberg Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Loaned to NASA, Mr. Muratore served on the launch team for the first 5 flights of the space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center.

He joined NASA permanently in 1983 as a flight controller in instrumentation systems and served in positions of increasing responsibility in Johnson Space Center's Mission Control eventually serving as a Shuttle Flight Director. Mr. Muratore then led the development effort to build, test and put into operations the new Mission Control Center that has supported the Space Shuttle and Space Station since 1995. He then conceived and led the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle Project through 8 atmospheric tests of the vehicle.

Following the Space Shuttle Columbia accident Mr. Muratore served as manager for Systems Engineering and Integration for the shuttle program leading the re-certification of the shuttle for flight and then serving as the shuttle program chief engineer until April 2006.

While at NASA he also served as an adjunct lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University teaching classes in instrumentation, flight testing and systems engineering. Mr. Muratore received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and his Masters in Computer Systems from the University of Houston.

He is a flight test engineer graduate of the National Test Pilot School, a senior member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers and a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

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