Colonel Cory A. Cooper is the Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Engineering Mechanics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. He leads 50+ Air Force officers, NCOs, civilians, and support contractors offering 27 college-level courses annually to educate over 2000+ cadets in engineering. The department is responsible for Bachelor of Science degree programs in mechanical and systems engineering. He also manages the Academy’s largest research center, the $35M Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension (CAStLE), focusing on aircraft structural integrity and life extension capabilities.
Dr. Dan Jensen is a Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he has been since 1997. He received his B.S. (Mechanical Engineering), M.S. (Applied Mechanics) and Ph.D. (Aerospace Engineering Science) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has worked for Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, NASA, University of the Pacific, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and MSC Software Corp. His research includes design of Micro Air Vehicles, development of innovative design methodologies and enhancement of engineering education. Dr Jensen has authored over 100 refereed papers and has been awarded over $4 million of research grants.
Lt Col Mike Anderson is Assistant Professor of Engineering Mechanics, U.S. Air Force Academy. He has been researching autonomous systems for twelve years, authoring several papers relevant to the field including design of terrestrial and aerial robots, energy efficiency and perching for small UAS, and flight control of Micro Air Vehicles (MAV). Lt Col Anderson has worked as an F-16 flight control actuation systems engineer at Hill Air Force Base, Utah and researched design and control of quadruped robots. Lt Col Anderson earned his PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2011 where he performed pioneering research in the design and control of flapping wing MAVs. From 2011-2014 he served in the Air Force Research Laboratory's Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW) where he led research in GPS-denied navigation for multi-agent autonomous systems. Lt Col Anderson is a registered Professional Engineer and a Senior Member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he serves on their Unmanned Systems Program Committee. His research at the Academy focuses on innovative design methodologies applied to UAV problems.
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