Mark B. Tischler

Mark B. TischlerMark B. Tischler is an Army Senior Technologist (ST) at the Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate located at the Ames Research Center. He is closely involved in the strategic planning of future Army rotorcraft research programs. Dr. Tischler also leads the Flight Control Technology group which conducts research in handling qualities and flight control with application to manned and unmanned aircraft and rotorcraft.

Dr. Tischler received a B.S. (1978) and M.S. (1979) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland. His MS thesis work, under the guidance of Professor Jewel Barlow, involved the prediction of spin and recovery characteristics of general aviation aircraft. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University in 1987.

Dr. Tischler led development of CIFER®and CONDUIT®, two widely-used software tools for conducting aircraft system identification and flight control system design optimization. Dr. Tischler is widely consulted for flight control expertise on numerous US aircraft programs,including his most current work in support of the Army Armed Reconnaissance helicopter, Navy unmanned Fire Scout helicopter and Boeing 787. He represents Army research interests in interagency and international cooperations, including as US Technical Project Officer for the US/Israel Memorandum of Agreement. Dr. Tischler has also served as primary research advisor for 27 Masters and PhD students that have conducted their thesis work under his guidance.

Dr. Tischler has authored or co-authored over 100 technical papers and two highly respected books, including the recently published “Aircraft and Rotorcraft System Identification” (Tischler and Remple, AIAA, 2006). He has won numerous awards from the US Army and the NASA for his work in rotorcraft flight dynamics and control, including most recently the 2007 AIAA Aerospace Software Engineering Award for developing CONDUIT and achieving its acceptance by the aerospace industry; and 2007 Army Research and Development Achievement Award for his work in system identification. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA was recently named a Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society.