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Department of Aeronautics

Faculty and Staff

 

Dr. Tom Cunningham

Instructor- Dr. Tom Cunningham

Assistant Professor

DEGREES:
Ph.D., Aeronautics, Astronautics and Engineering Sciences, Purdue University, 1973
M.S., Aeronautics, Astronautics and Engineering Sciences, Purdue University, 1971
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska, 1969

YEARS SERVICE ON THIS FACULTY: 6
Assistant Professor: July 2002
Date of Original Appointment: July 2002

OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE (Teaching/Industry/etc):

Adjunct Professor - Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 1978 – 1881 and 2001 – 2002.
Director of Technology Integration and Assessment, 1997 – 2001.
Director of Technology, Honeywell Technology Center, 1993 – 1997.
Director of Research, Honeywell Systems and Research Center, 1987 – 1993
Manager of the Systems and Control Sciences group in the Systems and Research Center, 1983 – 1987.
Deputy Chair of the NATO Advisory Group on Aerospace Research and Development (AGARD) Guidance and Control Panel (later Mission Systems Panel), 1997.
Chairman of the Flight Control and Guidance Aerospace Research and Technology Subcommittee (ARTS) to NASA Aeronautics, 1996.
Chair of Honeywell Engineering Board’s Subcommittee on Improving the Engineering Workforce, 1997.
Honeywell member of Industrial Advisory Committee to the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), 1996 – 2001.
Member of the NATO Advisory Group on Aerospace Research and Development (AGARD) Guidance and Control Panel.
General Sessions Chairperson for the SAE Guidance and Control Subcommittee.

CONSULTING/PATENTS/ETC:
US Patent: 6,217,441 B1 – Method and apparatus for sealing building ductwork during chemical or biological attack, April 2001.

PRINCIPAL PUBLICATIONS (of the last five years):
• W. Blake and T. Cunningham, “Wind Tunnel Study of a Fin Stabilized Guided Projectile”, AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Reno, 2006 January.
• M. Quashne, T. Cunningham, A. Sibal, “Affordable Responsive Spacelift Vehicle Payload Placement Stability Analysis”, AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Reno, 2008 January.

SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:
Sigma Tau (Engineering Honorary)
Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honorary)
Sigma Xi (Chemistry Honorary)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Member)
Society of Automotive Engineers

HONORS AND AWARDS:
AIAA Young Minnesota Engineer of the Year, 1979
Honeywell Community Service Award for charity work for the American Diabetes Association, 1976
Honeywell Lund Award winner for excellence in people management, 1986

INSTITUTIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (in the last five years):
Director of Assessment – Department of Aeronautics, United States Air Force Academy, 2002 – present.
Research project lead, DEX expendable missile (shoulder launch missile defense) stability and control, 2003 – 2005.
Research project lead, ARES booster (unmanned shuttle replacement) stability and control, 2006 – present.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITES IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS:
Numerous ASEE regional and national conferences.

U.S. Air Force Academy, USAFA, CO 80840, (719) 333-1110 DSN: 333-1110, Updated: 28 Jul 14
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