Bruce Conway

Professor and Associate Dean, College of Aeronautics; Program Chair, Master of Aerospace Engineering
Department of Engineering and Technology
Worldwide College of Aeronautics
Worldwide campus


Personal Data: Dr. Bruce Conway, currently Associate Dean of the College of Aeronautics, was previously Chair of the Engineering and Technology Department and was co-developer of the Master of Systems Engineering degree, launched in 2011.

Organizations: Dr. Conway is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (and a past Chairman of the AIAA Technical Committee on Sensor Systems) and a Member of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

Awards and Experience: Dr. Bruce Conway began his professional career in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, working for 37 years at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. At Langley he held positions ranging from research engineer working on advanced spacecraft control system research to service as Chief of the Instrument Research Division. In this latter position, he was responsible for sensor and measurement technology R&D in a wide variety of disciplines, including electro-mechanical instrumentation, nondestructive evaluation techniques and instrumentation, thermal instrumentation, nonintrusive gas parameter and optical spectroscopy measurements, photo-optical techniques, and pressure measurement instrumentation.

Prior to this, Dr. Conway served as Assistant Chief of the Flight Electronics Division at NASA - Langley, where he managed electronics and instrumentation research and applications to spacecraft and aircraft flight experiments. In the early 1970s, he was a Principal Investigator and project engineer for a Skylab space flight astronaut-manned experiment (Experiment T-013) to assess disturbances to spacecraft control systems from onboard crew movements.

Dr. Conway began his career with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide in 1978 as an adjunct instructor teaching mathematics and then aeronautical science. Upon his retirement from NASA in 1998, Dr. Conway moved into full-time teaching and faculty administration as a Center Faculty Chair. In 2004 he was selected as a full-time faculty member in ERAU Worldwide and named Chair of the new Engineering and Technology Department, a position he currently holds.

Dr. Conway has authored or co-authored more than 30 articles and conference papers published and presented in forums in the U.S and worldwide. He has developed four courses as part of ERAU Worldwide's undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dr. Conway received the Skylab Achievement Award from NASA and several NASA Group Achievement Awards during his career at NASA. He also received the Old Dominion University Engineering Management Faculty Award For Graduate Student Achievement in 2003 during his Ph.D. studies.

Interests: Dr. Conway enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife, Carol, and playing golf with friends.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Management, Old Dominion University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

DAV 716 SYSE 560 SYSE 660 ASCI 603 ASCI 605 ASCI 643 MATH 211 MATH 111 MATH 320 MATH 106 MATH 140

1.   Maine, R.B.; and Weitzmann, A.L.:  Development of Prototype Mass Measurement System for Space Flight.  NASA CR-66174, October 1966.  (Bruce A. Conway, TRCO)
 
2.  Tewell, J. R.; and Murrish, C.H.:  Engineering Study and Experiment Definitions for an Apollo Applications Program Experiment on Vehicle Disturbances Due to Crew Activity.  NASA CR-66277, March 1967.  (Bruce A. Conway, TRCO)
 
3.  Conway, Bruce A.:  CMG Program Review, Langley Research Center, May 1967.
 
4.  Maine, R.B.; and Weitzmann, A.L.:  Development of Prototype Mass Measuring System for Space Flight Phase II.  NASA CR-66479, November 1967.  (Bruce A. Conway, TRCO)
 
5.  Murrish, C.H.; and Smith, G.W.:  Apollo Applications Program Crew Motion Experiment Program Definition and Design Development.  NASA CR-66588, May 1968.  (Bruce A. Conway, TRCO)
 
6.  Conway, Bruce A.:  An Analysis of the Operation of a Mass Measuring System in an Orbiting Spacecraft.  NASA TN D-5039, February 1969.
 
7.  Kyle, R.G.; Meetze, L.E.; and Conway, B.A.:  Astronaut Control Console.  Design and Operations Manual, June 1970.
 
8.  Conway, Bruce A.:  Development of Skylab Experiment T-013 Crew/Vehicle Disturbances.   NASA TN C-6584, January 1972.
 
9.  Conway, Bruce A.:  Mathematical Crew Motion Disturbance Models for Spacecraft Control System Design.  Thesis submitted to George Washington University toward M.S. degree, March 1974.
 
10. Conway, Bruce A.:  Investigation of Crew Motion Disturbances on Skylab Experiment T-013.   Paper presented to the American Astronautical Society Annual Meeting--Symposium on Living and Working in Space, Los Angeles, California, August 20-22, 1974.
 
11. Conway, Bruce A.; and Hendricks, T.C.:  A Summary of the Skylab Crew/Vehicle Disturbances Experiment T-013.  NASA TN D-8128, March 1976.
 
12. Kullas, M. Conlon:  Handbook on Astronaut Crew Motion Disturbances for Control System Design.  NASA RP-1025, May 1979.  (Edited by Bruce A. Conway, TRCO)
 
13. Conway, B.A. (Compiler/Editor):  Summary Report of a Workshop on Wake Vortex Detection Technology, held at NASA Langley Research Center, September 13-15, 1983.
 
14. Conway, B.A.:  Position Paper on "ADP Management at Langley - 1983".
 
15. Conway, B.A. (Compiler/Editor):  Summary Report of a NASA/DOD Coordination Meeting on Advanced Solid State Laser Technology, held at NASA Langley Research Center, January 16-17, 1984.
 
16. Allario, F.; and Conway, B.A.:  "An Overview of NASA Requirements for Tunable Solid State Laser Systems and Technology".  Presented at the 1st Annual Conference on Tunable Solid State Lasers, June 13-15, 1984.
 
17. Conway, B.A.; and Ciffone, D.L.:  "Sensors for Aeronautical Applications". Presentation to OAST Sensors Working Group, November 6-7, 1984.
 
18. Conway, B.A.:  "Sensors for Aeronautical Applications:  A Strategy for Aerospace Plane, Aircraft Flight Research, and Wind Tunnel Testing." presentation to OAST Sensors Working Group, February 11-13, 1986.
 
19. Shull, T.A. and Conway, B.A.:  "Spaceborne Optical Disk Controller Development." Presented at SPIE Optical Mass Storage Conference, August 18-23, 1986.
 
20. Conway, B.A.:  "Sensor Technology - From Aerospace to Zephyrs."  Keynote Address presented to the First Annual SENSORS EXPO, September 17-19, 1986.
 
21. Shull, T.A., Holloway, R.M., and Conway, B.A.:  "NASA Spaceborne Optical Disk Recorder Development."  Presented at SPIE Optical Storage Technology and Application Conference, January 10-15, 1988.
 
22. Conway, B.A.:  “NASA Programs in Advanced Sensors and Measurement Technology for Aeronautical Applications.”  Presented at the 17th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, Stockholm, September 9-14, 1990.
 
23. Conway, B.A.:  “Aerospace Measurements:  Challenges and Opportunities.”  Presented at the 18th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, Beijing, September 20-25, 1992.
 
24. Unal, R. and B.A. Conway: “Survey to Determine Influence of Design Parameters on Operations & Support Complexity and Cost for Launch Vehicles.”  Final Report, NASA PO# L-12288 (Old Dominion University Research Foundation Project No: 104881).  December 2000.
 
25. Conway, B.A. and R. Unal: “Use of Expert Judgment in Cost Estimating: An Application.”  Presented at the ASEM 2002 National Conference, Tampa, FL. October 2002.
 
26. Conway, Bruce A.: Calibrating Expert Assessments of Advance Aerospace Technology Adoption Impact (Doctoral dissertation, Old Dominion University, 2003).  August 2003
 
27. Conway, B.A., T.M. Chytka, C.B. Keating, and R. Unal:  “ An Expert Judgment Approach to Uncertainty Assessment.”  Presented at the ASEM 2003 National Conference, St. Louis, MO.  October 2003.
 
28. Unal, R., C. Keating, B. Conway, and T. Chytka:  “Development of a Multi-Expert Judgment Aggregation Capability in a Conceptual Design Environment.”  Final Report,  NASA PO# NASA NCC-1-02044 (Old Dominion University Research Foundation Project No: 130012).  January 2004.
 
29. Chytka, T.M., B.A. Conway and R. Unal: “Uncertainty Quantification Using Expert Elicitation, Calibration and Aggregation in Aerospace Conceptual Design.”  Presented at 10th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, Albany, NY.  August 2004.
 
30. Unal, R., C. B. Keating, T.M. Chytka, and B.A. Conway: “Calibration of Expert Judgments Applied to Uncertainty Assessment.” Engineering Management Journal, June 2005.
 
31. Unal, R.,  B.A. Conway, and T.M. Chytka: “An Expert Judgment Approach For Addressing Uncertainty In High Technology System Design.”  Presented at PICMET ’06: Technology Management for the Global Future, Istanbul, Turkey. July 2006
 
32. Houston, S.J, R.O. Walton, and B.A. Conway: “Analysis of General Aviation Instructional Loss of Control Accidents.” Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research, Fall 2012.

Dr. Bruce Conway retired from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton Virginia after 37 years with the agency. While at NASA he held positions ranging from research engineer working on advanced spacecraft control system research to service as Chief of the Instrument Research Division at NASA Langley. In this latter position, he was responsible for sensor and measurement technology R and D in a wide variety of disciplines, including electro-mechanical instrumentation, nondestructive evaluation techniques and instrumentation, thermal instrumentation, nonintrusive gas parameter and optical spectroscopy measurements, photo-optical techniques, and pressure measurement instrumentation; Prior to this, Dr. Conway served as Assistant Chief, Flight Electronics Division at NASA - Langley, where he managed electronics and instrumentation research and applications to spacecraft and aircraft flight experiments. In the early 1970's he was a Principal Investigator and project engineer for a Skylab space flight astronaut-manned experiment (Experiment T-013) to assess disturbances to spacecraft control systems from onboard crew movements.
 
Dr. Conway currently teaches undergraduate courses in mathematics and statistics, and graduate courses in aeronautical sciences (aircraft and spacecraft development, research methods, and R and D management) and systems engineering (systems engineering management and organizational systems management.
 
Dr. Conway also serves as Chair of the Department of Engineering and Technology in the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, responsible for developing engineering-related curricula. He served Speaker of the Embry-Riddle Worldwide Faculty Senate in 2007 and 2008.
 
Dr. Conway holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. He is married (wife, Carol) with two grown children.

Professional Affiliations:
 
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Associate Fellow)
 
American Society for Engineering Management (Member)
 
International Council on Systems Engineering (Member)