Meet: Frank Quinto
Facility Manager, Low-Turbulence Pressure Tunnel
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
Who I Am
I was just named as the new Facility Manager at the Low-Turbulence
Pressure Tunnel (LTPT) (April 1998). Prior to becoming a Facility Manager,
I was a Test Engineer at the 14- by 22-Foot Subsonic Tunnel Facility.
As a test engineer, I was involve in testing various types of airplanes,
such as supersonic transports, missiles, aerospace planes, exhaust stacks
and parachutes. I have worked at NASA Langley Research Center for 18 years
My Career Path
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
from Virginia Tech. In my first seven years at NASA Langley, I did research
on STOVL performance of Advanced Fighter Designs. I co-authored over 10
NASA reports on this subject. Next, I became the Operations Engineer in
1988 and later Facility Manager for the 14- by 22-Foot Subsonic Tunnel.
As a Facility Manager, I coordinated equipment and personnel for every
test in the 14-by 22-Foot Subsonic Tunnel.
What I Like About My Job
I get to work with many interesting and wonderful people. While this sounds
like a catchy phrase, I get to work on tomorrow's airplanes today. It's
a thrill to work on future airplanes like the Joint Strike Fighter and
the Supersonic Transport, X-33, and X-34 which will fly sometime after
the year 2000.
When I Was A Kid
Ever since I was a boy, I have always been interested in airplanes and
spacecraft. I was always fascinated with how planes could get off the
ground and stay up in the air. I read any book I could get on airplane,
spacecraft and astronomy. When I was in high school, I took a lot of math
and science classes to help prepare myself to be an aerospace engineer.
While in high school, I had the opportunity to work at NASA Langley Research
Center for two summers in a row. This was a wonderful experience and helped
me to further my pursuit in engineering.
In my spare time, I volunteer once a month as a tour guide at the Virginia
Air and Space Center. In addition, I am also a member of the Speakers
Bureau at NASA Langley. As a member of the Speakers Bureau, I have spoken
about aerospace subjects to audiences from North Carolina to Illinois
and ages from pre-school to adult groups. Recently, my work load prevents
me from being an active member. After work, I enjoy playing volleyball
Frank Quinto, a test engineer at
NASA Langley Research Center, is standing next to a generic supersonic
fighter model that was tested in the 14- by 22-Foot Subsonic Tunnel.
The model was tested for takeoff and landing performance.