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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.

Photos courtesy of UWyo magazine

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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