Sherry develops a model to assess aviation


Lance Sherry, Associate Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research (SEOR), and Director, Air Transport Systems (SEOR), develops a tool capable of rapidly examining and evaluating several future vertical lift aviation detachment configurations (maritime strike). The final objective of this project is to identify the composition of the aviation detachment workforce that optimizes capacity (eg rest, etc.).

Sherry is leading this work in support of the US Navy’s plan to replace its MH-60R / S helicopters and MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopters in the mid-2030s. This new capability called Future Vertical Lift (Maritime Strike) will be a family of manned and unmanned platforms and may differ significantly from existing platforms in terms of roles, mission and capabilities such as the continued construction of the Detachment’s workforce. aviation based on the MH-60. may not be appropriate or optimal.

Sherry received $ 10,000 from the National Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (nCASE) for this project funded by the US Department of Defense. Funding began in September 2021 and will end at the end of December 2021.


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