Dr. Jon Black Lunch-n-Learn

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Dr Black is the new Director for the Center for Space Research and Assurance at AFIT. He is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering within the Aeronautics and Astronautics department at AFIT. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and a MS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Joint Institute for Advancement of Flight Sciences (joint NASA Langley Research Center and George Washington University program) in 2003. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2006. Dr. Black’s research interests include lightweight and inflatable aerospace structures, structural and nonlinear dynamics, advanced sensing technologies, space systems engineering, and novel orbit analysis. His current work involves developing novel measurement and modeling techniques to characterize the static and dynamic behavior of new large lightweight space structures, micro UAV development, and research into enabling taskable satellites. He is the first AFIT recipient of an AFOSR Young Investigator Award and is an AIAA Associate Fellow.