David Doman graduated magna cum laude from WVU with a BSAE in 1991. He went on to earn an MS in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue in 1993, and a PhD from Virginia Tech in 1998. His dissertation topic was the development of a fixed order modified optimal control model of human operator response. From 1991 to 1998 he was also employed at the Wright Laboratory of the U.S. Air Force as a research aerospace engineer. In this post, he focused on developing in-depth knowledge of aircraft controls and control theory, system identification and optimization methods. He published numerous technical papers and Air Force technical reports during this time.
In 1998, Doman was promoted to senior aerospace engineer at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. He is responsible for more than $6 million in research, development and flight demonstration programs, among which is the first-ever demonstration of a fault tolerant autonomous landing system for a reusable launch vehicle. Doman has published more than 120 papers and technical reports and has two U.S. patents. He is serving his third term as Editor for the Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics.
In 2000, Doman was the co-recipient of the Courtland D. Perkins Award, and in 2003 he was co-recipient of the General Benjamin D. Foulois Award, the top technical award in the directorate, for his contributions to Integrated Adaptive Guidance and Control. In 2008, Doman was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society Silver Medal.
Currently, Dorman serves as the technical area leader for the micro air vehicle dynamics and control group. He is the principle investigator for a AFOSR research program on flight control for biomimetic micro air vehicles.