Thomas Davis is a graduate student in the Master of Technology program at Kent State University. He holds a bachelors degree in aeronautical systems engineering technology from Kent State University. Prior to joining the Kent State student body, Mr. Davis held operator and technical service request specialist positions at Forest City Technologies, Inc. for a total of 16 years. He is currently a staff sergeant in the Ohio Army National Guard, where he has served as a helicopter maintainer for 15 years.
BLAKE STRINGER, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of at Kent State University. He is the founding faculty member of the university's aerospace engineering program. Prior to joining the faculty at Kent State, Dr. Stringer served in the Army for 20 years as an army aviator, West Point faculty member, and research engineer. He holds a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from the US Military Academy, a masters degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, and a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia. Prior to his retirement, he led the Army Research Laboratory’s vehicle propulsion division, conducting basic and applied research of engine and drive system technologies. His research interests are varied and include unmanned aerial systems, the aerodynamics of vertical axis wind turbines, rotating mechanical components, rotordynamics, and engineering education pedagogy. As an aviator, he has been rated in both rotary and fixed-wing platforms. He also holds a FAA commercial airman’s certificate.
MAUREEN McFARLAND is currently the Aeronautics Senior Program Director and an assistant professor at Kent State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Kent State, Dr. McFarland served in the Marine Corps as a navigator at which time she transitioned to the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring after 20 years of service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the US Naval Academy, a master’s degree in business from Boston University, and a PhD in educational psychology at Kent State University. Her research interests include assessment, effective teaching practices using instructional technology, and engineering education pedagogy.
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