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KU Aerospace Short Courses in San Diego


Willem Anemaat

Willem A. J. Anemaat is president and co-founder of Design, Analysis and Research Corporation (DARcorporation), an aeronautical engineering and prototype development company. DARcorporation specializes in airplane design and engineering consulting services, wind and water tunnel testing and design and testing of wind energy devices. Anemaat is the software architect for the Advanced Aircraft Analysis (AAA) software, an airplane preliminary design and analysis tool. He has been actively involved with more than 400 airplane design projects and has run many subsonic wind tunnel tests for clients. Anemaat has more than 30 publications in the field of airplane design and analysis. He is the recipient of the SAE 2010 Forest R. McFarland Award, an AIAA Associate Fellow and an associate editor for the AIAA Journal of Aircraft. Anemaat is Vice-Chair of the AIAA Aircraft Design Technical Committee. Anemaat holds an M.S.A.E. degree from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from The University of Kansas.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Airplane Flight Dynamics

Prashant Chillamcharla

Prashant Chillamcharla is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Designated Engineering Representative (DER) with delegations in 14 CFR Part 23 and 14 CFR Part 25 in the areas of Structures, Major Repairs, Major Alterations and Cabin Safety. In addition, he holds delegations of a structures and cabin safety Unit Member on several Organization Designation Authorizations (ODA).Prashant embarked on his aerospace journey after earning a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University. He has been in the industry for over two decades now and during his tenure he has held various key positions which involved managing and supporting several certification programs ranging from TSO, STC, PMA and Major Alterations. Having worked both in the Private Business Jet sector and Commercial Airlines sector, he has gained valuable experience and insights in both areas of the industry. His industry experience brings a practical perspective to his teaching, allowing students to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world application.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Cabin Safety and Crashworthiness of Aircraft Cabin Interiors

George Cusimano

George Cusimano is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Vector LLC aviation consulting services. He is a flight test engineer and educator with more than 40 years of experience in research, development, and test of important leading edge technologies. He has flight-tested complex systems, such as the F-117, B-2, X-33 (single stage to orbit prototype), DarkStar UAV and X-35 (Joint Strike Fighter prototype). In addition to multiple postings as a flight test engineer, George was: the Director of Test and Evaluation for the F-117 System Program Office; the Chief of Flight Test Engineering for the B-2 Combined Test Force; the Deputy Director of the Joint STARS Combined Test Force; and the Director of Flight Test at the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. George has also taught at the National Test Pilot School and has served as a Technical Advisor to the United States Air Force. He retired from the United States Air Force as a colonel after 24 years of service. George holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. He is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School and a Fellow of the Society of Flight Test Engineers.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Operational Test and Evaluation: User-Centric Systems Testing

Travis L. Dahna

Travis Dahna is the Principal member and Electrical Systems and Equipment DER for TD Aerospace, LLC, a professional aerospace engineering design and certification company based in Kansas. He started his career over 25 years ago as an avionics technician and troubleshooter in the United States Navy, where he served with distinction and was honorably discharged. As a Gulf War Veteran, Mr. Dahna joined the civilian aviation sector where he has worked on, designed, and certified a wide variety of new products and articles for the last 20 years. He has held positions as a senior electrical engineer for a large aircraft manufacturer and served as the Certification Coordinator for all the factory owned service/modification centers in the United States, providing all interface with the geographic FAA Aircraft Certification Offices for all standard certification STC projects. Following his time at the aircraft manufacturer, he assisted in the development of an STC ODA for a consulting company and held the position as the Principal Certification Engineer, while also training as an alternate ODA administrator.

He has been actively involved in several hundred certification projects, ranging from TC, STC, PMA, and Major Alterations. In addition to duties as a consultant DER (14 CFR Part 23 and 25), including major alterations, he holds positions as a unit member on several TC and STC Organization Designation Authorizations (ODA). Mr. Dahna's combination of practical experience, analytical knowledge, and in-depth certification experience brings a unique and viable approach to aircraft certification in an uncomplicated yet thorough manner.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: FAA Type Certification Process

Saeed Farokhi

Saeed Farokhi is a Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas, School of Aerospace Engineering. His main areas of research included propulsion systems, flow control, air data sensors, renewable energy (wind turbines) and computational fluid dynamics. At KU, he led five patent developments (US Patent Number: 5,598,990, US patent Number: 9,541,429, US patent Number: 10,018,648, US patent Number: 10,520,523 and US patent Number: 10,585,109 B2) on Smart Supersonic Vortex Generators (1997) and on Devices for Fluid Data Sensing (2017-2020). He has directed more than $8M in R&D funding from the U.S. government and industry, including NASA, DoD, NSF, DoT, DARPA, GE, and Raytheon, among others.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Future Propulsion Systems and Energy Sources in Sustainable Aviation

Willie J. Fitzpatrick, Jr.

Willie J. Fitzpatrick, Jr., is a Senior Software Engineer and Subject Matter Expert, specializing in software engineering, airworthiness, and safety at TriVector Services, Inc. He has over 40 years of experience in the software/systems engineering area. His experience includes the development and assessment of automatic control systems, systems engineering and software engineering on various aviation and missile systems. He recently retired as the chief engineer and subject matter expert in in the Software Engineering Directorate (SED) of the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command's Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. Fitzpatrick served for over 12 years as the Chief, Aviation Division, SED and was responsible for the management of life cycle software engineering support and software airworthiness assessments for several aviation systems, including manned rotary and fixed wing aircrafts and unmanned aircraft systems. Fitzpatrick was honored by the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies as the recipient of the Sixth Annual Joseph C. Moquin Award in 2011, where he was also recognized as the IEEE Huntsville Section 2011 Professional of the Year. He has served in various officer capacities for the IEEE Huntsville Section, including Section Chair for 2007 and 2008. Fitzpatrick holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Unmanned Aircraft System Software Airworthiness

Steven L. Morris

Steven L. Morris is a Principal and Manager of Colorado Operations for Engineering Systems Inc. (ESI), Colorado Springs, Colorado. Morris served as an officer and engineer in the U.S. Air Force for more than 24 years. His experience includes teaching, research and consulting in the areas of airplane design, stability and control, aerodynamics, flight simulation, aircraft icing and accident reconstruction. He is a co-author of Introduction to Aircraft Flight Mechanics: Performance, Static Stability, Dynamic Stability, and Classical Feedback Control. Morris is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and is a member and past Chair of the SAE Aircraft Icing Technology Committee. He received a B.S. in engineering sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.S. in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Aircraft Icing: Meteorology, Protective Systems, Instrumentation and Certification

Max U. Kismarton

Max U. Kismarton is an aircraft designer and a Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company, with extensive hands-on experience in engineering (design, loads, stress, weights, testing, advanced metals and composites), manufacturing (tooling, processes, machinery, shop management) and management (cost engineering and estimating, lean manufacturing, project/program management). He is currently working in the materials and processes group, heading up multiple research and development projects on micromechanical behavior and hybrid laminates, and high performance wing box structures for present and future commercial aircrafts. He has designed and built composite airframe primary structure for small and large composite aircrafts such as Amber, Gnat, High Speed Civil Transport, F-16XL-2, Shadow, ERAST, Hummingbird, UCAV X-45 and the 787 Dreamliner. Kismarton holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Structural Composites

Kent Nelson

Kent Nelson is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of VECTOR LLC Aviation and Flight Test Consulting Services. He is a flight test engineer and educator with over 45 years of experience in aircraft maintenance, DT&E, and OT&E on a multitude of aerospace weapons systems including B-52s, B-1s, B-2s, cruise missiles, and ICBMs. During his USAF career, Kent worked as a flight line maintenance officer supporting KC-97, B-52D/H, and UH-1F strategic operations. After graduating from USAF Test Pilot School he worked on the B-1A; served an exchange tour with the Canadian Forces at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment, CFB Cold Lake Alberta; and served as a requirements officer at HQ Strategic Air Command on several systems including the Air Launched Cruise Missile, the B-1A, and classified programs. He was Deputy Chief of Flight Test Instrumentation at Edwards AFB; Deputy Director, B-2A OT&E; and Director, Test & Evaluation at HQ SAC responsible for three dedicated OT&E test squadrons with more than 660 people. He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel after 25 years of service. He has been an instructor at the USAF Test Pilot School and a contract instructor at National Test Pilot School. Kent has a B.S in mechanical engineering (Aero Option) from University of Wyoming and an M.S in Systems Management from USC. He is a USAF Test Pilot School Distinguished Graduate and Outstanding Flight Test Engineer. Kent is a Senior Member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Operational Test and Evaluation: User-Centric Systems Testing

Dennis C. Philpot

Mr. Philpot began his career in the aerospace industry at the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International in 1983, immediately after completed his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University, Corvallis. During his nearly 14 years at Rocketdyne, Mr. Philpot was involved in several diverse programs, including the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME), the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) and the International Space Station; also, during his employment at Rocketdyne Mr. Philpot completed his master's degree in Applied Mechanics at California State University, Northridge. During the late 1990?s Mr. Philpot became involved with performing advanced fighter aircraft structural analysis on both the F/A 18 E/F program for Northrop Grumman and the Joint Strike Fighter for Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works. He also served as a principal structural analyst on two launch systems? the Kistler reusable launch system and the Delta IV EELV developed by the Boeing Company. Currently, Mr. Philpot is the Airframe IPT Technical Lead for the AARGM ER EMD program; in that role he leads or oversees all of the technical/analytical aspects of hardware design development and works with the design team to help ensure that all aspects of the product meet requirements. Mr. Philpot has held many roles in missile development, including Section Head for mechanical analysis, Test Director for the AARGM Environmental Qualification Testing, Mechanical Analysis Lead AARGM missile integration on the Tornado aircraft for the Italian Airforce, IPT Lead for AARGM ER FEDA Program Aerodynamics, Modeling & Simulation, Mechanical Design and Internal Loads and Static Strength Analysis, MSST Mechanical Analysis Lead, Structural Dynamics Lead and Technical Advisor to the Jordan Multirole Combat Aircraft JLG & JMCA Programs, Technical Lead on the Hyper-Velocity Projectile (HVP) Program, based out of Plymouth, MN, Structural Analysis SME for all advanced (SAP) programs that require that skill set at Northrop Grumman, Advanced Weapons Division. An internationally-recognized expert in aerospace structural analysis, Mr. Philpot has been teaching post-graduate courses on Stress Analysis and Structural Dynamics in the greater Los Angeles area, Seattle, WA, Orlando, FL, and on-site at The Boeing Company, Northrop-Grumman, NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, NASA-Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, FL, Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, UT, the Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, NM, Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, FL, Aviation and Missile Research, Development, Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL and at ST Aerospace in Singapore. At the 50th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Mr. Philpot was honored to present a special two-day seminar on Structural Dynamics in Mechanical Design at the Palm Springs Convention Center/Wyndham Palm Springs. The public courses are very international in nature, attracting students from Austria, South Korea, New Zealand, Brazil, Turkey, The Netherlands, China, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Luxembourg, Mexico and, of course, the United States of America. Mr. Philpot holds two US Patents and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Dynamics for Aerospace Structures

Harold Rosenstein

Mr. Rosenstein was the Chief Engineer, Phantom Works-The Boeing Company's Advanced Development organization-with responsibility for new concepts, research programs and preliminary design. He retired in 2013 with 50 years of experience in developmental and production programs ranging from rotorcraft to large fixed-wing transport aircraft, both manned and unmanned. He has held various assignments with increasing levels of responsibility supporting Boeing's advanced fixed wing transports and V/STOL developments, including the development of the V-22 tiltrotor and the RAH-66 helicopter. He has taught university-level seminars on V/STOL engineering at Penn State, Nanjing University and the American Helicopter Society. He also belongs to numerous technical societies including the American Helicopter Society (AHS), and is a Senior Member-Emeritus of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Mr. Rosenstein received the prestigious Paul E. Haueter Award from the American Helicopter Society for "Significant contributions to VTOL aircraft development" and holds numerous patents. In addition he is a Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society for "Notable and outstanding contributions to the vertical flight community".

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Fundamentals for V/STOL Rotorcraft

Wayne R. Sand

Wayne R. Sand is an aviation weather consultant with expertise in aircraft icing tests, analysis of icing accidents and development of icing instrumentation. He also has extensive expertise in convective weather, winter weather and mountain weather. As former deputy director of the Research Applications Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, he developed aviation weather technology for the FAA. Previously, Sand was a member of the atmospheric science department at the University of Wyoming. He also conducted research on thunderstorms and convective icing while at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Sand is co-holder of a patent on a technique for the remote detection of aircraft icing conditions. He holds a B.S. in mathematics and physical science from Montana State University, an M.S. in meteorology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Wyoming.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Aircraft Icing: Meteorology, Protective Systems, Instrumentation and Certification

C. Bruce Stephens

C. Bruce Stephens is an HIRF/Lightning/EWIS ODA UM/AR at the Boeing Company and a consultant DER at his company, Stephens Aviation, with a wealth of experience in High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) and Lightning protection of Aircraft. Stephens retired from Hawker Beechcraft after 28 years of service. He has HIRF/Lightning experience on both Part 23 and Part 25 including composite aircraft. Stephens is working with the Boeing Team to develop EWIS requirements and means of compliance on several aircraft projects. Stephens is a Six-Sigma/Lean Master Black Belt consultant, developing implementation and training materials, and teaches at a number of universities, including Webster University and Southwestern College. He has an executive M.B.A. and M.S. in Management from Friends University and a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Wichita State University.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Electromagnetic Effects Aircraft Level Testing and FAA Requirements

Darren Stout

Darren Stout is an EME/HIRF/Lightning ODA UM/AR at the Boeing Company. Darren has a wealth of experience in Electromagnetic Effects (EME), High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF), lightning effects, p-static effects, and transmitting personal electronic devices, RTCA/DO-160, MIL-STD-461, along with extensive experience in laboratory and aircraft testing. His experience is a result of over 30 combined years as an Electrical and EME engineer with Boeing, Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs), FAA, and BancTec. He also served six years in the United States Air Force as a B-52 navigator, instructor navigator, and radar navigator (bombardier), directing and performing higher headquarters missions including aircraft, systems, and munitions testing, and is a Desert Storm veteran. He has a BSEE degree in electrical engineering (lasers, fiber optics, and antenna arrays) from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, is an iNARTE certified EMC Engineer, and is a Level 2 Certified TEMPEST Professional.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) Certification and Compliance

Mark Swaney

Mark Swaney is a commercial pilot, test pilot, flight instructor and educator who has spent many years of his career either involved with flight test of military and commercial aviation systems or teaching aircraft and avionics systems flight test. Mark studied aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati and co-op'd in experimental flight test at Gates Learjet Corporation. After completion of commercial pilot training, Mark participated in modification and certification flight test of new and modified Learjet systems. Upon graduation, he volunteered for the US Navy and was designated a Naval Flight Officer. Mark served as a Radar Intercept Officer flying the F-14 Tomcat in operational fighter squadrons. He completed the US Naval Test Pilot School as a Test Naval Flight Officer and served in numerous flight test roles involving tactical avionics systems, weapons systems, advanced flight controls, structures, and engines. He was project officer for the upgrade to the Super Tomcat, was the lead flight test officer for the AN/APG-71 radar system and project RIO for the Infrared Search and Track System. Mark was designated an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer and a Weapon System Acquisition Manager. His later assignments were Commanding Officer, Naval Air Pacific Repair Activity; Operations Officer, Program Executive Officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs; Commander, Naval Test Wing Pacific; and Vice Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. He retired from the Navy with 30 years of service and then applied his expertise to educating students about avionics flight test at National Test Pilot School.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Aircraft Avionics Test and Evaluation Fundamental

Pierre Trudel

Pierre Trudel is a System Safety Engineer and ODA Unit Member currently working for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). He brings 29 years of system safety, systems engineering, and reliability experience in several segments of our aerospace industry. He has worked system safety, reliability, and systems engineering on airplanes, rotorcrafts, and space vehicles. He has experience with commercial and military system safety, Development Assurance practices. He developed companywide processes to facilitate product development and compliance to commercial airworthiness standards and military requirements. He has worked system safety for both equipment suppliers and as an integrator for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

2024 Aerospace Short Course: System Safety Assessment for Commercial Aircraft Certification

Roelof Vos

Roelof Vos is an assistant professor at the Aerospace Engineering Department of Delft University of Technology. He teaches undergraduate courses in conceptual airplane design and two graduate courses on aerodynamic design of transport aircraft and fighter aircraft. He obtained an MSc degree from Delft University of Technology and a Ph.D. degree from The University of Kansas. His research focuses on the development of physics-based analysis methods for the conceptual design of unconventional aircraft and on the assessment of emerging aviation technologies.

2024 Aerospace Short Course: Aerodynamic Design of Military Aircraft