James W. Gregory

James W. Gregory

Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Director, Aerospace Research Center
The Ohio State University
MSAAE 2002
PhD AAE 2005





"Purdue taught me how to frame problems of many kinds – scientific, management, or interpersonal – and the critical thinking skills to solve those problems."

Dr. James W. Gregory is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Director of the Aerospace Research Center, at The Ohio State University. He received his doctorate and master's degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue in 2005 and 2002, respectively. He received his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1999, graduating with highest honors.

Dr. Gregory’s research interests lie in the field of unsteady aerodynamics. He is also active in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drone) research, including flight testing of vehicle performance, systems integration studies, and robust flight of UAS in gusting wind conditions. He serves as PI for Ohio State as a core member of the ASSURE FAA Center of Excellence on Integrating UAS in the National Airspace System. 

Dr. Gregory also led a team of researchers and students to set world records for speed and distance for an autonomous UAS in August 2017. He recently developed a video lecture series, The Science of Flight, in collaboration with The Great Courses and the Smithsonian Institution, to convey the details of flight to a broad audience. His work experience includes stints at the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Delta Air Lines, NASA Glenn Research Center, Tohoku University in Japan, Fulbright Scholar at the Technion in Israel, and a policy fellow at the National Academy of Engineering.

He is an instrument rated private pilot, with over 230 hours in single-engine aircraft, and is one of the first holders of a remote pilot certificate.