Meet Naseem Saiyed
left, Naseem Saiyedcenter,and right, artist's
conceptions respectively of High Speed Civil Transport and X-33
Who am I and what do I do
Karachi, Pakistan in the 1970's was hardly the economic center of the world, and my family could barely support the six of us. As a child, I was not aware of the difficulties that lay ahead, I just wanted to fly airplanes, to be free like a bird. My dream of becoming a pilot, however, was an extremely distant possibility. In the 70's my family, settled in the USA. This was the opportunity of a lifetime. My Mom always emphasized the importance of getting an educationI followed her advice and took classes in aeronautics, math, and physics. My love of airplanes grew even stronger in school.
I got here?
I had worked hard in flight school, and received grades that were good enough to win me scholarships at the University of Portland. These scholarships reduced my tuition significantly. I made up the difference by working 2030 hours a week as tutor, lab assistant and student engineer. I continued the momentum from flight school and took tough coursessometimes five or six in a semester. This hard work paid off when, four years later, I was offered a position at NASA Glenn Research Center (then NASA Lewis Research Center) 3 months before graduation in 1987. I did not stop going to school after joining NASA. NASA in fact encourages its employees to continue learning. I went back to school while working full time at NASA Glenn, and received a Master of Science in Fluid and Thermal Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
What have I done?
I then moved to aeronautics, working in the Acoustics Technology Branch. I led several experiments at the AeroAcoustic Propulsion Lab (AAPL) to reduce the exhaust noise from the High Speed Civil Transport (a 2.2 Mach commercial airliner), from medium and long-range aircrafts, and from business jets. Once proven to work on model scale in the AAPL and elsewhere within NASA, we went on to test these noise reduction technologies on full scale engines, on engines mounted on pods, and finally on real airplanes. Click on video (2.8 MB) to view and to listen to one of our tests, where we compared the improved exhaust nozzle design on NASA's Learjet 616 to the original design (baseline). If you listen carefully, you'll notice the reduced noise levels in the improved design.
Last year I was selected to participate in a year long NASA Professional Development Program (the PDP). The participants in this program choose to enhance their careers by developing leadership skills in any part of NASAhence continuing education and experience. I choose NASA HQwhere I currently work. I do not know exactly what I will be doing after the professional leadership training ends, but I know that it will be even more exciting than before. I am looking forward to the future. We write reports on everything we do, so we can communicate what we learned with our colleagues around the world, and with future scientists and engineers like yourself.
Last Updated: November 20, 2001