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Faculty Profiles

Kish, Brian

Chair, Flight Test Engineering, Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology 2005
  • United States Air Force Test Pilot School (Flight Test Engineer Course) 1996
  • M.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology 1994
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology 1991 

Courses Taught

  • MEE 2082 Dynamics
  • AEE 3260 Experimental Aerodynamics
  • AEE 4014 Control Systems
  • AEE 4242 Aircraft Stability & Control
  • FTE 5701 Performance Flight Test
  • FTE 5702 Stability and Control Flight Test
  • FTE 5703 Avionics Flight Test
  • FTE 5704 Helicopter Flight Test
  • FTE 5705 Weapon Systems Flight Test
  • FTE 5706 Propulsion Testing

Professional Experience

Florida Institute of Technology

  • Associate Professor 2020-present
  • Assistant Professor 2015-2020

United States Government Service (Civilian):

  • Nuclear Physics Remote Sensor Specialist 2012-2015

United States Air Force Assignments (Military):

  •  Director, Joint STARS Test Force 2009-2011
  •  Director of Operations, Airborne Laser Squadron 2008-2009
  •  Instructor, Air Force Test Pilot School 2005-2008
  •  PhD Student, Air Force Institute of Technology 2002-2005
  •  Flight Test Engineer 1996-2002
  •  Aerospace Engineer 1991-1996

Additional Duties and Affiliations

  • Chapter President, Society of Flight Test Engineers
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astonautics (AIAA)
  • Member of AIAA Flight Test Technical Committee

$4.3M in research Funding and Selected Publications

RESEARCH FUNDING AS PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR (PI): $3,747,167

  • Inspiring Students to Pursue U.S. Navy STEM Careers through Experiential Learning. Office of Naval Research.  $746,311.  July 2020 – July 2023
  • Flight Demonstrations for AoA-limiting Systems on Part 23 Aircraft. FAA.  $613,524.  Feb 2017 – Jan 2021
  • Advancing the Safety of Flight through Flight Test Engineering and Accident Investigation. Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust. $1,500,000. Nov 2017 – Nov 2020
  • Decluttered Flight Path Marker on HUD. FAA. $81,701. Aug 2018 – Jul 2020
  • Development of a STEM Education Program in support of Naval Flight Test Engineering. Office of Naval Research. $748,606. Aug 2016 – June 2020
  • Training Effectiveness Experiment Participation. Boeing. $57,025. Nov 2018 – Oct 2019

RESEARCH FUNDING AS CO-PI: $516,479

  • Trajectory Energy Management. FAA. $427,444. Mar 2020 – Jan 2021
  • FAA PEGASAS - PROJECT 19. FAA. $39,035. Apr 2016 – Sep 2018
  • Iraqi Universities Linkages Program. U.S. State Department. $50,000. Mar 2016 – Aug 2016

PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  1.  B. A. Kish, et. al., “Proposed Part 23 Means of Compliance based on Flight Testing of Level 2 and Level 3 Aircraft”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2020
  2.  M. Wilde, M. Chan, B. A. Kish, “Predictive Human-Machine Interface for Teleoperation of Air and Space Vehicles over Time Delay”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2020
  3.  I. Silver, M. Wilde, B. A. Kish, “Flight Testing of Predictive Energy Management Displays for Light Aircraft”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2020
  4. B. A. Kish, “A New Definition of Entry-Level Flight Test Engineer Based on Training and Education at the University Level”, SFTE 50th Annual Symposium, 2019
  5. B. A. Kish, et. al., “Trim Forces and Free Response to Configuration Changes on General Aviation Aircraft”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2019 
  6. B. A. Kish, et. al., “Comparing Specific Excess Power of Four General Aviation Aircraft”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2019
  7. B. A. Kish, C. Kennedy, R. Kimberlin, “Using a Laser Altimeter to Measure Takeoff and Landing Distance”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2018
  8. B. A. Kish, et. al., “FAA Part 23 Methods of Compliance for AOA Warning/Limiting Systems”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2018
  9. B. A. Kish, K. Stuth, R. Kimberlin, “A New Temperature Correction Algorithm for FAA Engine Cooling Tests”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2017
  10. B. A. Kish, M. Rhoney, R. Kimberlin, K. Vuckovic, E. Attarian, “Wing Bug: A Portable, Low-Cost Flight Test Instrumentation System”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2017
  11. B. A. Kish, T. Bernard, R. Kimberlin., “A Limited Investigation of Airplane Response to Flap Extension ”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2016 
  12. B. A. Kish, K. Verderame, J. Nickerson, J. Dillard, S. Musil, J. Koss., “JSTARS Demonstrations in Real-World Environments”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2012
  13. B. A. Kish, K. Verderame, J. Nickerson, J. Dillard, S. Musil, J. Koss., “Old Airframe with New Engines and New Systems for New Customers”, 21st SFTE Symposium, 2011
  14. B. A. Kish, G. L. Aldrich, R. E. Erb, S. Lim, D. Carroll, “Test Management Projects from Test Pilot School Classes 06B and 07A”, AIAA-2008-1603, U.S. Air Force T&E Days 2008
  15. B. A. Kish, G. L. Aldrich, R. E. Erb, S. Lim, D. Carroll, “High-Rate, High-Value Flight Test Project Execution” AIAA-2008-6573 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, 2008
  16. R. A. Volesky, B. A. Kish, D. O. Creviston, J. W. Geitgey, M. Kikuchi, J. C. Vap, “Air-to-Air Evaluation of an Amplified 802.11b Network”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2008
  17. B. A. Kish, G. L. Aldrich, R. E. Erb, E. T. Waddell, D. Carroll, “Cooperate and Graduate: A Student’s Perspective to Flight Test Programs”, 18th SFTE Symposium, 2008
  18. C. J. Spinelli, J. Raquet, B. A. Kish , “Minimum Indicator Approach for Use with Precise Differential GPS”, AIAA-2007-1621 2007 U.S. Air Force T&E Days, 2007
  19. C. J. Spinelli, B. A. Kish, M. J. Dooley, L. M. Durham, G. N. Schwartz, T. C. Welker, “In-flight Evaluation of an Amplified 802.1lb Network”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2007
  20. C. J. Spinelli, J. Raquet, B. A. Kish, “Development and Testing of a High-Rate Air-to-Air Relative Navigation System for UAV Refueling”, Proceedings of the 19th International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of The Institute of Navigation 2006
  21. S. M. Ross, M. Pachter, D. R. Jacques, B. A. Kish, D. R. Millman, “Autonomous Aerial Refueling Based on the Tanker Reference Frame” IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2006
  22. C. J. Spinelli, J. Raquet, B. A. Kish, “Development and Testing of a High-Rate Air-to-Air Relative Navigation System for UAV Refueling”, Proceedings of the 19th International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of The Institute of Navigation 2006
  23. B. A. Kish, J. L. Minor, S. M. Ross and E. T. Waddell, “Using Variable-Stability Aircraft to Demonstrate Automated Aerial Refueling”, 17th SFTE Symposium, 2006
  24. M. Veth, J. Busque, D. Heesch, T. Burgess, F. Douglas, B. A. Kish, “Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagement”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2002
  25. B. A. Kish, J. R. Gutierrez, J. A. Evans, R. Hidalgo, C. L. Meador, “Demonstration of the JEDI system on Joint STARS”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2002
  26. B. A. Kish, W. Gibboney, M. Veth, M. Moran, “The Computer Replacement Program for Joint STARS”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2001
  27. B. A. Kish, J. Deems, D. Dunlop, E. Fitz, “Lessons Learned on the T-38 Avionics Integration Program”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2000
  28. B. A. Kish, G. L. Graham, D. N. Larson, J. J. Faber, D. L. Halasi-Kun, “Pitot-Static Testing of the RU-38A”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 1999
  29. B. A. Kish, W. B. Mosle, A. S. Remaly, J. F. Kromberg, R. Cabiati, J. S. Seo, “A Limited Flight Investigation of Pilot-Induced Oscillation due to Rate Limiting”, AIAA Conference, 1997
  30. B. A. Kish, D. R. Mittlestead, G. Wunderlich, J. M. Tokar, T. Hooper, R. Hare, H. Duchatelle, P. Le Blaye, “Practical Limits of Supermaneuverability and Full Envelope Agility”, AIAA Conference 1996
  31. B. A. Kish, D. B. Leggett, B. T. Nguyen, T. J. Cord, G. J. Slutz, “Concepts for Detecting PIO using Manned Simulation”, AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, 1996
  32. B. A. Kish, B. L. Jones, “A Comparison of Flying Qualities Criteria”, AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, 1995

BOOK CHAPTERS AND ARCHIVAL PAPERS

  1. B. A. Kish, D. R. Jacques, M. Pachter, “Effectiveness Measures for Operations in Uncertain Environments”, UAV Cooperative Decision and Control: Challenges and Practical Approaches, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, ISBN: 978-0-898716-64-1
  2. B. A. Kish, D. R. Jacques, M. Pachter, “Optimal Control of Sensor Threshold for Autonomous Wide-Area-Search Munitions”, 1239-1249, Journal of Guidance, Control, & Dynamics 2007