Barret Shrout received his BSAE from WVU in 1962, and was employed for more than 30 years as a researcher for NASA Langley Research Center. During that time, he established himself as a national expert in supersonic aerodynamics, publishing more than 43 technical papers and reports. In the 1960s, Shrout served as a key member of the NASA team developing technologies for supersonic transport aircraft. He performed analytical and experimental evaluations of supersonic interference effects and wing-body design parameters. In the 1970s, these investigations continued with an additional emphasis on mitigation of sonic boom and the development of acoustically quieter engine-airframe integration. Shrout's investigations also included studies on high-speed, advanced military missiles.
In the 1980s, Shrout's work moved to focus on survivable military aircraft. He worked with both Department of Defense and major airframe manufacturers on both supersonic and subsonic aerodynamics, maneuverability and survivability issues. Much of this research has been applied to the new F-22 and F-35 aircraft. Shrout retired from NASA in 1991.