Flight Test Engineering

Flight Test Engineering

MEET THE TEAM

Dr. Brian Kish is the Chair of Florida Tech’s Flight Test Engineering Program. He earned a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School, and has accumulated over 1300 flight hours as a Flight Test Engineer in 49 different aircraft during his 20 year Air Force career. He held leadership positions at three Flight Test units and served as the Vice Chair of the Education Department of the Air Force Test Pilot School from 2005-2008. Since retiring from the Air Force in 2011, Dr. Kish has taught Control Systems, Aircraft Stability & Control, Aircraft Performance, Experimental Aerodynamics and Avionics courses at Florida Tech. He is a member of AIAA’s Flight Test Technical Committee and the Society of Flight Test Engineers. He is a commercial glider pilot and has private pilot license for single-engine land aircraft. Email: bkish@fit.edu Phone: 321-674-7042.

Dr. Ralph Kimberlin wrote the text book Flight Testing of Fixed-Wing Aircraft. He is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots with 8,500 flight hours in over 250 different aircraft including 25 first flights. He earned a Doctor of Engineering from the Technical University of Aachen, Germany. He is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and was commissioned as an Air Force officer. While serving in Vietnam, he was one of three officers responsible for the development and combat evaluation of the AC-47 side-firing gun ship. He was a test pilot and flight test engineer for Piper, Rockwell International and Beech Aircraft companies for 10 years. He was a professor and program chair at the University of Tennessee Space Institute for 27 years. Dr. Kimberlin has taught courses in Performance Flight and Stability and Control Flight Test at Florida Tech since 2012. Email: r.kimberlin1@verizon.net  Phone: 931-273-3853.
Dr. Isaac Silver is the Associate Dean of Flight Operations at Florida Tech. He earned his Ph.D. from Florida Tech in Space Sciences. He also holds a B.S. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Florida Tech. He’s an Airline Transport Pilot (Airplane Multi-Engine Land), Commercial Pilot (Airplane Single-Engine Land and Sea), Gold Seal Flight Instructor (Single and Multi-Engine), Instrument Pilot (Airplane) and Ground Instructor (Advanced). He has 17,500 hours of flight time with more than 4,000 hours as an instructor. Aircraft include DA-10, DA-20, DA-50/900, L-1329, BE-350, BE-400, IAI-1124, Learjet(24/25/31/35), and L39.. 
Dr. Markus Wilde received his M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) from TU Munich, Germany. He was accepted into the NRC Research Associateship Program in 2013, as postdoctoral associate at the Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2014, he joined the Florida Institute of Technology. His research focus lies on autonomous and telerobotic capabilities for rendezvous and capture of space objects. 
  Dr. Tiauw Hiong Go received his S.M. (1994) and Sc.D. (1999) degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He stayed at MIT as a Postdoctoral Associate and later as a Research Engineer until 2005. In December 2005, Dr. Go joined Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore as an Assistant Professor. He has been instrumental in the development of flight simulation and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) laboratories in the university. Since January 2013, Dr. Go has been with Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His current research interest includes unconventional flight dynamics and control, UAV systems, and multiple flight coordination. 
  Dr. Daniel Kirk received his M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2003) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Professor of Aerospace Engineering and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellow and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. His research interests focus on air-breathing and rocket propulsion, and he is a co-director of the Aerospace Systems And Propulsion (ASAP) Laboratory.