Kord Technology Chief Scientist, Bob Tramel

Meet Bob Tramel, Kord’s Chief Scientist.

Bob joined Kord in 2009 as our eighth employee and successfully launched Kord’s scientific efforts. Today, Bob leads Kord’s Research and Development activities, conducts computational fluid dynamics engineering efforts in support of the Space Launch System, is respected as a national expert in hypersonics, provides guidance with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIRs), and oversees other aerospace engineering activities for Kord.

“Bob has shown extraordinary commitment to furthering the advancement of science and technology in the international aerospace community, and we look forward to his continued success,” said Kord President, Tom Young. “He is a tremendous asset to Kord and to the aerospace community in Huntsville.”

Bob and his wife, Terry Tramel, are lifetime members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronomics (AIAA), the largest aerospace professional society in the world. (Little known fact: Bob and Terry met at AIAA nearly 25 years ago!) Bob currently serves as treasurer of AIAA’s Greater Huntsville Section.

On January 4, 2016, AIAA inducted Bob as an Associate Fellow. One out of every 200 members is selected for this prestigious honor. The grade of Associate Fellow recognizes individuals “who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.”

To be selected as an Associate Fellow an individual must be an AIAA Senior Member in good standing, with at least twelve years’ professional experience, and be recommended by a minimum of three current Associate Fellows.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by your peers for the work you’ve done,” Tramel said.  

Additionally, Bob is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), as well as the American Physical Society. At Kord, he consistently encourages young professionals to get involved in their technical community – whether joining him at his various affiliations or finding their own organizations to network with.  

“It’s important for young people to be involved in a technical society,” Mr. Tramel said. “I am a strong believer of this, since these organizations help you expand your contacts and build your career. We have a growing number of technical organizations in the Huntsville area.”

Outside of his involvement with technical associations, Bob is a strong advocate for autism research, education, and awareness on behalf of his 16-year-old son, Mark. On March 7, 2017, he had the opportunity to serve on a panel alongside Temple Grandin, one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum who publicly shared her personal experience with autism. Bob is active in Autism Now, a national initiative of The Arc, where he assisted in successfully raising $25,000 to support autism awareness and programs.

“Kord has always been very generous to sponsor me,” Tramel said. “I am thankful for their support for autism awareness, education, and intervention.”

Bob earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Tennessee Technological University, and a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of Tennessee.

When he has time to spare, Bob listens to jazz, follows University of Tennessee sports, and enjoys museum expeditions with his son, Mark. They particularly enjoy San Francisco’s Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception.

Respected Scientist. Associate Fellow. Community Supporter. Autism Advocate. Family Man. Regardless of how or where you meet Bob, one thing is for certain:

“Bob represents the best of Kord in all respects,” said Allen Young, Kord CEO. “Bob is the whole genuine package.  And his wonderful sense of humor is the ribbon on top.”