DR. KYLE HENDERSON

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Dr. Benjamin Kyle Henderson is the deputy director of the Operationally Responsive Space Office, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.  In this role he supports the director in overseeing the development, demonstration and fielding of space capabilities focused on timely satisfaction of Joint Force Commanders’ needs.  

Prior to this position, Henderson was the deputy chief for the Spacecraft Technologies Division of the Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, directing Science and Technology investments in spacecraft bus and payload technologies.  He also served as the AFRL’s Senior International Focal Point for Space Vehicles, coordinating all international activities in the area.  

Henderson graduated from Texas A&M University in 2000 with a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, his dissertation focusing on elastic wave propagation in composite structures.  He has managed development programs in space power generation, space structures, ballistic missile guidance, decision support systems, guidance, navigation and control, and space communications.  He performed original research in the areas of responsive spacecraft, smart structures, and vibro-acoustic mitigation for spacecraft and launch vehicles, holding four patents in the area.  Dr. Henderson has also worked to develop and fly several space experiments for the Department of Defense, including the Vibro-Acoustic Launch Protection Experiment (VALPE), which demonstrated several technologies for providing a smooth and quiet ride to orbit for sensitive satellites, and the Miniaturized Vibration Isolation Experiment (MVIS), which enables microradian pointing accuracy for communication or sensing applications on-orbit.  He is a member of the ASME Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems and the AIAA Adaptive Structures Technical Committees, was awarded the ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Best Paper Award for 2004, and was the Air Force Nominee for the 2004 Arthur S. Flemming Award, for excellence in applied science.

EDUCATION
1993 Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
1995 Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
2000 Doctor of Philosophy in aerospace engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
2009 Air War College (Correspondence)

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. January 1994 – August 1994, graduate assistant research, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
2. August 1994 – December 2000, Palace Knight, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM
3. January 2000 – May 2001, Research Aerospace Engineer, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM
4. May 2001 – September 2005, Manager, Advanced Spacecraft Mechanisms Program, Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, NM
5. September 2005 – October 2007, Technical Advisor, Spacecraft Components Technology Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland AFB, NM
6. October 2007- February 2010, Responsive Space Technical Area Lead, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM
7. February 2010 – November 2016, Chief, Spacecraft Component Technology Branch, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM
8. November 2016 – July 2017, Deputy Chief, Spacecraft Technology Division, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM
9. July 2017 – present, Deputy Director, Operationally Responsive Space Office, Kirtland AFB, NM

AWARDS AND HONORS
2004 Arthur S. Flemming Award for excellence in applied science, Air Force Nominee
2004 ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Best Paper Award
2009 AFRL/RV International Award (Team)
2009 AFRL/RV International Award (Individual)
2013 AFMC International Armaments Cooperation Award
2015 AFRL/RV International Award (Individual)
2016 AFRL/RV International Award (Team)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associate Fellow
AIAA Adaptive Structures Technical Committee, Member
SPIE, Senior Member
ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Technical Committee, Member

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Program Management, Level I
Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III
Science and Technology Management, Level III