Campbell is a Senior working on his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He expects to graduate in December 2022, and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Campbell works on hardware integration, flight test operations, and is involved with the online near real-time system identification project, as well as participating in the Air-Ground Coordinated Teaming project, sponsored by Army Futures Command.
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, a 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and a Graduate Research Assistant in the Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory. Garrett earned his B.S. degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University with minors in Cybersecurity and 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 involved developing embedded systems for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), conducting UAS flight testing operations, and overseeing the operation of the Engineering Flight Simulator Laboratory. Garrett is combining his undergraduate knowledge in Computer Science with his experience gained in Aerospace Engineering to investigate Cybersecurity for air and space vehicles.
Garrett’s doctoral dissertation investigates cyber-attacks 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 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the Crawford & Hattie Jackson Foundation Scholarship, the Edward C. Clay ’47 Memorial Scholarship, and the 2018 Lechner Graduate Fellowship.
Jares, Garrett, and Valasek, John, “Investigating Malware-in-the-Loop Autopilot Attack Using Falsification of Sensor Data,” FrB4.5, 2021 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Athens, Greece, 15-18 June 2021.
Dakota Kridler joined VSCL in January 2019. He is a Senior within the Department of Aerospace Engineering, pursuing a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Math. Also, he is a US Army veteran who served from 2012 to 2017 as an Infantryman during the Inherent Resolve Campaign. He is expected to graduate in May 2022. Dakota works to develop the air vehicle autonomy on the Agile Technology Development (ATD) – Air-Ground Coordinated Teaming project. When he is not conducting flight tests at VSCL, Dakota has completed many projects including Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) data collection with Robot Operating System (ROS) for system identification (SYSID), functional vehicle design for UAS autonomous landing on a moving platform, CAD modeling of an air vehicle and its parts, and real-time kinematic (RTK) sensor implementation that achieved millimeter-level positional accuracy.
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