Dr. Lonnie Reid is founder and President of AP Solutions, Inc. AP Solutions was incorporated in March of 1988 as a small disadvantaged business and received Small business Administration 8(a) certification on November 30, 1998. AP Solutions provides engineering research support to NASA Glenn Research Center in the area of gas turbine engine technology, and also provide some support in this area to GE Aircraft Engines, Pratt & Whitney, Honeywell, Williams International and Power Systems Manufacturing.
Dr. Reid previously serves an Director, Aeromechanics Department for the Engineering Services Division, NYMA, Inc.. In this position, he was responsible for providing research support to the NASA Lewis Aeronautics, and Microgravity Science programs. This research activities included the development and application of computational fluid dynamics and conducting high quality fundamental experiments for physical modeling, and the validation of computational fluid dynamics codes.Prior to joining NYMA in 1993, Lonnie served as Chief, Internal Fluid Mechanics Division at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Lewis Research Center. In this position, he was responsible for leading the Center’s efforts to advance the technology in internal computational and experimental fluid mechanics for advanced aerospace propulsion systems.
Prior to becoming a Division Chief, Dr. Reid held a series of responsible positions at Lewis that include: Chief, Turbomachinery Technology Branch; and Chief, Computational Applications Branch.
Dr. Reid is an internationally recognized for his expertise in compressor technology and has a broad knowledge of the efforts necessary for planning and conducting analytical and experimental research programs on the internal aerothermodynamics of propulsion systems.
On February 7, 1993, he was inducted into the Ohio Science, Technology and Industry Hall of Fame for his pioneering work in integrating theoretical and experimental methods in the science of fluid dynamics. Reid joined the ranks of other celebrated Ohioans like the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison and Granville Woods.
In 1990, Reid became the first African American in the history of the Lewis Research Center to be selected to the ranks of Senior Executive Service. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1989. In 1985, he was named Tennessee State University’s Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Alumnus. Dr. Reid has written more than 25 technical papers on the design, analysis and performance of transonic compressors for advanced gas turbine engines.
He and his wife are members of the Lane Metropolitan CME Church, where he serves as Sunday School Superintendent, and Disciple Bible Study leader. They are the parents of four sons.