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William Cummings

Title: AST

Technical Focus Area: Airspace and Safety

Missions/Projects: Air Traffic Management eXploration (ATM-X) 

Study Topics/Expertise: Urban Air Mobility and small Uncrewed Aerial Systems (sUAS)

Will grew up in Indianapolis, IN and then studied at Purdue University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and completing a four-term cooperative education program with Gulfstream Aerospace. Will then worked as a Flight Test Engineer across a wide range of Gulfstream’s in-service and in-development fleet. In July of 2020, he accepted a position within the Aeronautics Systems Analysis Branch and has since contributed towards efforts intended to aid the adoption of UAM into the NAS and ensure safety for sUAS.

Education/Professional Experience

  • B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University (2013-2018)
  • Cooperative Education Program, Gulfstream Aerospace (2015-2017)
  • Flight Test Engineer, Gulfstream Aerospace (2018-2020)
  • Graduate Certificate in Flight Test Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology (2019)
  • Airspace Researcher, NASA Langley Research Center


  • C. Denham, W. Cummings, J. Smith, (2023), Theoretical and Simulated Effects of Airspace Design on Urban Air Mobility Airspace
  • W. Cummings, C. Denham, J. Smith, (2023), Effects of Airspace Capacity on Urban Air Mobility Airspace

Related Websites
Aeronautics Research at NASA