Campbell is a Junior in the Aerospace Engineering Department, pursuing a Bachelor of Science. He expects to graduate in December 2022, and commision into the United States Marine Corps. He helps conduct test flights and maintain aircraft, and also will research autonomus flight systems.
Ian Holmes is a Ph.D. student in the aerospace engineering department, and inaugural recipient of the Department of Aerospace Engineering National EXcellence in Aerospace Sciences (NEXAS) Fellowship. He graduated in May 2021 from the California State University, Long Beach with a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering with an emphasis in Astronautics. During his undergraduate studies, he spent three years participating in the BUILD program as an NIH-funded research assistant focused on experimental and computational high-speed impact testing. He completed his engineering honors thesis on developing computational strategies using smoothed particle hydrodynamics to simulate bird strike impacts in commercial aviation.
Matthew Hurt is a junior in the Department of Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He is expecting to graduate in May of 2022. Matthew is most familiar working with hardware, but is proficient in Python and CAD. He is also responsible for the test stand and propellant feed for the TAMU Rocket Engine Design Team. Matthew’s research project is working with Clark View.
Deputy Director and Chief Technology Officer, Bush Combat Development Complex
Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Garrett Jares is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University and Graduate Research Assistant in the Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory. Garrett earned the BS degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University with a minor in Cybersecurity and a minor in Mathematics, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2017. He has been working in the Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory (VSCL) with his advisor, Dr. John Valasek, since his undergraduate senior capstone project in 2017. During his undergraduate education, Garrett studied extensively in cybersecurity including research in cryptography topics. Garrett’s work with VSCL has been developing embedded systems for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), and overseeing the operation of the Engineering Flight Simulator Laboratory. Garrett is combining his undergraduate knowledge with his experience in VSCL to investigate Cybersecurity for air and space vehicles.
Garrett’s doctoral dissertation will investigate cyber-attacks designed that are designed to take control of an aircraft by targeting the vehicle’s sensor data. This research will help identify and better understand the vulnerabilities in current systems and develop safeguards against such attacks. Garrett is a recipient of the Crawford & Hattie Jackson Foundation Scholarship, the Edward C. Clay ’47 Memorial Scholarship, and the 2018 Lechner Graduate Fellowship.
Dakota Kridler a Junior within the Department of Aerospace Engineering, pursuing a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Math. He is expected to graduate in May 2022. He is also a US Army veteran who served from 2012 to 2017 as an Infantryman. At VSCL, Dakota works to develop the air vehicle autonomy on the Agile Technology Development (ATD) – Air-Ground Coordinated Teaming project. His research focuses include UAS autonomous landing on moving platforms, CAD modelling, vehicle landing design, and real-time kinematic (RTK) GPS.
JR Thompson Endowed Chair and Department Head, Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, Aerospace Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Private Pilot ASEL
Civilian Contractor/Instructor for the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marines flying the RQ-2 Pioneer UAV ’93-‘96
3,100 logged hours as an External Pilot
2011 US National Champion Runner-up in Precision Aerobatics
Futaba Factory Team Pilot
Castle Factory Team Pilot
Texas A&M UAS Supervising Authority Committee Member
Texas A&M RELLIS Operations Committee Member
TAMU AERO SAE Design Team Advisor
Texas A&M AERO402 Senior CAPSTONE Design Consultant/Instructor