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Griffin Corpening - 1977

NASA engineer

Griffin Corpening was the chief engineer for the unpiloted X-43A jet at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California. The first test flight of the jet ended in an explosion; the second, on March 27, 2004, traveled at a record speed of 5,000 miles per hour, more than seven times the speed of sound.

Before playing an integral role in NASA's $250 million program to develop a "supersonic-combustion ramjet," Corpening earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering at the University of Wyoming in 1977 and 1984, respectively. He went on to earn a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland and worked for four years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Columbia, Maryland, before coming to Dryden.


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Griffin Corpening

Griffin Corpening
Griffin Corpening graduated from UW in 1984 with his M.S. in civil engineering. He has since moved on to be the chief engineer for NASA's X-43A jet which holds a record speed of 5,000 miles per hour.

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