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Summer Engineering Program Success Story
By USBE Online
Apr 2, 2014, 16:42

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A 2009 BEYA Modern-day Technology Leader, Christopher Booth first knew he wanted to be an engineer when he was in high school. While attending a summer engineering program at St. Louis Parks Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas, he designed a foam aircraft that could carry a payload of 10 U.S. quarters. Years later, he still has that foam plane and is realizing his dream of developing next generation aircraft.

In 2001, he joined Gulfstream Aerospace’s College Co-op program while pursuing a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He worked in a variety of departments including acoustics, crew and equipment and soon found he enjoyed flight test engineering because it allowed him to interface with aircraft technicians and other engineering disciplines. After graduation from Georgia Tech in 2006, he was hired directly into Flight Test at Gulfstream.

Since then he has made a number of significant contributions, most recently in his role as lead flight test engineer for the new model of Gulfstream’s business jet, each valued at $70 million. Chris directed and conducted 140 flight test missions for a total of 456 flight hours. These tests included aerodynamic loads, stall speeds, flyover noise, environmental control systems and wing anti-ice, dry-air. Chris' s colleagues have praised his high work standards, giving him a Bronze Award for his support of the 6001 and 6002 Aircraft, and a special recognition for his contributions to the G650 program. Chris has demonstrated abilities across a number of technologies and disciplines.

Outside of Gulfstream, he serves his community as an advisor in the Student Leadership Program, an initiative that brings together businesses and the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System to offer new learning opportunities to students. He also volunteers as a tutor at the African American Health Information and Resource and is facilitator for the Monster Diversity Leadership Program and a subject matter expert for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
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