Whorton has a strong aerospace background and is a recognized academic as well. He most recently served as the Chief of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s EV42/Guidance, Navigation, and Mission Analysis Branch.
Whorton has experience in mathematical modeling, flight simulation control system design, and dynamics analysis for aerospace and space vehicles. He is a recognized authority on dynamics and control of flexible space structures and vehicles. Whorton has also served as a technical expert for NASA and is an Associate Fellow with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.