Faculty

Dr James Steck

Professor (Flight Dynamics & Controls)
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Office : WH218N
Tel : (316) 978-6396
Email : james.steck@wichita.edu

Dr James Steck is the head of the General Aviation Flight Lab at WSU. His research interests include aircraft flight controls, artificial neural networks, quantum computing, flight simulation, and acoustics. His current/recent research includes the following:

  • Integrated resilient adaptive aircraft control for general aviation
  • Structural health monitoring of aircraft
  • Health monitoring of wind turbines
  • Lightning protection of composite aircraft
  • Quantum neural computing and quantum learning
  • EEG (brainwave) control of aircraft

Dr Kamran Rokhsaz

Professor (Aerodynamics)
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Office : WH202
Tel : (316) 978-3410
Email : kamran.rokhsaz@wichita.edu

Dr Rokhsaz is the MS Coordinator and Associate Dean, and his research interests include theoretical and applied aerodynamics and flight mechanics. His current/recent research includes the following:

  • Analysis of operational data collected by flight data recorders to develop ground-air-ground usage statistics and flight loads exceedance spectra, for a variety of aircraft.
  • Development of a fault tolerant flight control system, including aeroelastics effects, for application on general aviation aircraft.
  • Theoretical and experimental investigation of dynamics and stability of wake vortex filaments.

Dr John Watkins

Department Chair and Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Office : JB249
Tel : (316) 978-6336
Email : john.watkins@wichita.edu

Dr Watkin's is the Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department, and his current/recent research includes the following:

  • Robust Control
  • Fault Detection and Isolation
  • Active Magnetic Bearings
  • Networked Control Systems
  • Time-Delay Systems
  • Spacecraft Dynamics and Control

Dr Animesh Chakravarthy

Assistant Professor (Controls)
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Office : WH222
Tel : (316) 978-6328
Email : animesh.chakravarthy@wichita.edu

Dr Chakravarthy's research interests include flight dynamics & controls and multi-vehicle systems. His current/recent research includes the following:

  • Bio-inspired and morphing flight dynamics and controls
  • Path planning of autonomous vehicles in dynamic environments
  • Dynamics and control of time-varying systems
  • Systems of interconnected vehicles
  • Partial differential equation based modeling of multi-vehicle systems