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Bourne, Francis

Research Professor, Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences

Personal Overview

Dr. Frank Bourne received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. Immediately prior to joining the faculty at FIT as a Research Professor in the Department of Engineering Systems, Dr. Bourne was Director, Research & Development at Harris Corporation, Space & Intelligence Systems in Palm Bay, Florida. As an R&D leader, Dr. Bourne managed an enterprise focused on development of critical solutions across a broad range of technologies and engineering disciplines, including mechanical systems, RF and digital electronics, photonics, telecommunications and networking, signal processing, remote sensing and software systems. Over the course of his 30+ year career in the Aerospace & Defense industry, Dr. Bourne has been a highly-regarded engineering leader, with experience ranging across all aspects of technology development, synthesis of comprehensive system solutions, and alignment of corporate business strategy in service to the U.S. Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, the Telecommunications industry, and a variety of other technology-centric markets. His current research interests are in the area of cubesat / small satellite mission and system development.