Kapseong Ro, Ph.D.

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI 49024-5383

 

Office: 269-276-3412

Fax: 269-276-3421

E-mail: kapseong.ro@wmich.edu

Education

 

1995    University of Maryland,       College Park, Maryland, USA

Doctor of Philosophy, Aerospace Engineering

Ph.D. Dissertation Title: “Dynamic Analysis and Robust Control of an Advanced Subsonic Transport Jet Aircraft”

Area of Interests: Aircraft/Spacecraft Flight Dynamics & Control, Optimal & Robust Control, Modeling & Simulation of Dynamic System

 

1988    Drexel University,                 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Area of Interests: Dynamic System & Control, Classical & Modern Control Theory, Robust Control

 

1986    Drexel University,                 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

 

Professional Experience

 

2003.09 – Now         Western Michigan University         Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Professor,                   Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering

 

§  Course Instruction

Aerospace Engineering Courses

                        AE 2610 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

                        AE 3800 Flight Vehicle Performance

                        AE 4600 Aircraft Stability and Control

                        AE 3610 Aerodynamics I

                        AE 5400 Aerospace Vehicle Dynamics

                        AE 6400 Atmospheric Flight Dynamics and Control

            Mechanical Engineering Courses

                        ME 2560 Statics

                        ME 3600 Control Systems

                        ME 5410 Continuous System Modeling & Simulation

                        ME 5430 Mechanical Systems Control

                        ME 6330 Advanced Control System

                        ME 6950 Robust Control System

                       

§  Faculty Advisor

            American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) WMU Student Chapter

 

§  Projects

-        The 43rd Joint Propulsion Conference Student Design Challenge (AFOSR)

-        Heavy Truck Rollover Characterization – Phase III (US DOE)

-        Application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Traffic and Emergency Surveillance: Demonstration and System Design (MDOT)

-        Dynamic Analysis and Control Law Synthesis of an Articulated Wing-Body-Tail Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, funded by Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC)

-        A Study of Multivariable Robust Synthesis for a Generic Tilt-Rotor Aircraft Flight Control Law Design (KARI)

-        Performance Analysis of Articulated Wing-Body-Tail Unmanned Aerial Vehicle through Nonlinear Flight Simulation (WMU)

 

2002.01 – 2003.08                Old Dominion University     Norfolk, VA, USA

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering

 

§  Course Instruction:

            MSIM720 Foundations for Continuous and Real-time Simulation

            AE760 Atmospheric Flight Dynamics & Control

            AE604 Analytical Dynamics of Aerospace Vehicles

            AE761 Space Flight Dynamics & Controls

 

§  Research Project

Hierarchical Learning Network (HLN) Project (NASA)

 

2000.12 – 2001.12                Suewon Unmanned Technology      Taejon, KOREA

Research Consultant

§  Research & Development of Flight Control Software & Hardware Integration for a small unmanned aerial vehicle (Small UAV)

 

1995.11 – 2000.11                Korea Aerospace Research Institute          Taejon, Korea

Senior Researcher

§  Project Management and Simulation Software Design of the KARI Engineering Simulator Development for Korea Regional Transport Jet Aircraft

 

1994.12 – 1995.08                Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, College Park, MD, USA

Post Doctorate

§  Dynamic Modeling & Numerical Simulation of Advanced Transport Jet Aircraft

 

1988.09 – 1994.12                University of Maryland                    College Park, MD, USA

Teaching Assistant,   Department of Aerospace Engineering

Lecturing & Grading for undergraduate aerospace engineering courses including Aerodynamics, Flight Dynamics, Aerospace Vibration

 

Publications

 

Journal

·     “Design, Test and Evaluation of an Actively Stabilized Drogue Refueling System,” Royal Aeronautical Society (RAS) The Aeronautical Journal, Vol. 117, No. 1197, November 2013. 

·     “Dynamics and Control of Hose-Drogue Refueling Systems during Coupling,” ,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 34, No. 6, November-December 2011

·     “A Study on Vehicular Positioning Technologies for Smart/Green Cars,” Journal of Korea Institute of Information & Telecommunication Facilities Engineering, Vol. 9, No. 3, September 2010

·     “Modeling and Simulation of Hose-Paradrogue Aerial Refueling Systems,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 33, No. 1, January-February 2010

·      “Flight Mechanics of a Free-wing Tilt-body Aircraft,” Royal Aeronautical Society (RAS) The Aeronautical Journal, Vol. 112, No. 1137, November 2008

·     “A Feasibility Study of Highway Traffic Monitoring using Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,” The Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Science (KSAS) International Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, November 2007

·     “Aerodynamic Characteristics of Paradrogue Assembly in Aerial Refueling System,” AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 44, No. 3, May-June 2007

·     “Aerodynamics of Free-wing Tilt-body Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,” AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 44, No. 5, September-October 2007

·     “Modeling and Simulation of Aircraft Motion on the Ground (I): Derivation of Equations of Motion,” The Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Science (KSAS) International Journal, Vol.2, No.1, May 2001

·     “Mathematical Formulation of Integrated Equations of Motion for Flexible Aircraft (I): Nonlinear Model,” The Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Science (KSAS) Journal, Vol. 28, No. 3, April 2000

·     “Flight Simulation and Control System Design Software for Prototype Development,” The Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Science (KSAS) Journal, Vol.27, No.8, December 1999.

·     “The KARI Engineering Simulator: A Design Tool for Regional Transport Aircraft Development,” The Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Science (KSAS) Journal, Vol.27, No.7, November 1999.

 

Conference

·     “Design, Test and Evaluation of an Actively Stabilized Drogue Refueling System,” AIAA 2011-1423, AIAA Infotech@Aerospace, 2011 Conference and Exhibit, Saint Louis, Missouri, March, 2011

·     “Active Control of Aerial Refueling Hose-Drogue Systems,” AIAA 2010-8400, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 2010

·     “Flight Testing of a Free-wing Tilt-body Aircraft,” AIAA-2010-3449, AIAA Infotech@Aerospace, 2010 Conference and Exhibit, Atlanta, Georgia, April, 2010

·     “Dynamic Modeling and Simulation of Hose-Paradrogue Assembly for Mid-Air Operations,” AIAA-2009-1849, AIAA Infotech@Aerospace, 2009 Conference and Exhibit, Seattle, Washington, April, 2009.

·     “Development, Test and Evaluation of an Integrated GNC System for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” AIAA-2009-2063, AIAA Infotech@Aerospace, 2009 Conference and Exhibit, Seattle, Washington, April, 2009. 

·     “Lessons Learned: Application of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Traffic Monitoring,” the 45th AIAA Aerospace Science Meeting & Exhibit, Reno, Nevada, January 2007

·     “Flight Dynamic Investigation of Flying-wing with Winglet configured Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,” SPIE 6228-21, Modeling and Simulation for Military Application, the Defense and Security Symposium, Orlando, Florida, April 2006.

·     “Analytical Modeling and Simulation of an AUV with Five Control Surfaces,” SPIE 6228-19 Modeling and Simulation for Military Application, the Defense and Security Symposium, Orlando, Florida, April 2006.

·     “Interaction Force-field Modeling of min-UAV Swarm,” SPIE 6228-23, Modeling and Simulation for Military Application, the Defense and Security Symposium, Orlando, Florida, April 2006.

·     “Aerodynamic Investigations of Paradrogue Assembly in Aerial Refueling System,” AIAA Paper 2006-855, the 44th AIAA Aerospace Science Meeting & Exhibit, Reno, Nevada, January, 2006.

·     “Nanotechnology Application to Aerospace and Aeronautics: Swarming,” AIAA Paper 2005-6933, Infotech@Aerospace, Arilington, Virginia, September, 2005

·     “Flight Performance Analysis of Freewing Tilt-body Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,” AIAA Paper 2005-6327, AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference & Exhibits, San Francisco, CA, August, 2005.

·     “Flight Dynamic Modeling of an Articulated Wing-Body-Tail Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,” AIAA Paper 2005-1024, the 43rd AIAA Aerospace Science Meeting & Exhibit, Reno, Nevada, January, 2005.

·     “Prototype Design, Test and Evaluation of a Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for a Short-range Operations,” AIAA Paper 2004-6536, AIAA 3rd Unmanned Unlimited Technical Conference, Workshop and Exhibit, Chicago, IL, September, 2004.

·     “A Descriptive Modeling and Simulation of Aircraft-Runway Dynamics,” AIAA Paper 2003-1095, AIAA Dynamics Specialists Conferences, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, April, 2003

·     “On the Inclusion of Wind and Wind Shear Effects into the 6-DOF Equations of Motion,” 2000 Annual Spring Conference, Korean Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences, April 2000

·     “Flight Simulation and Control System Design Software for Prototype Development,” AIAA Paper 99-4321, Modeling and Simulation Technology Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA, August, 1999

·     “The KARI Engineering Simulator: A Design Tool for Regional Transport Aircraft Development,” AIAA Paper 99-4198, Modeling and Simulation Technology Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA, August 1999.

·     “Modeling and Simulation of a Turn Coordinator/Turn & Bank Indicator,” 1999 Annual Fall Conference, Korean Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences.

·     “A Study on Engineering Simulator Design for Aircraft Development,” 1999 Annual Spring Conference, Korean Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences.

·     “Design & Evaluation of Control Loading System Linkage for KARI Engineering Simulator”, 1999 Annual Spring Conference, Korean Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences.

·     “A Study on Engineering Simulator Software Design for Aircraft Development,” 1999 Annual Spring Conference, Korean Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences.

·     “Development of Engineering Simulator for Korea Regional Transport Aircraft,” 1997 Annual Fall Conference, Korean Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences.

·     “An Introduction to Development of Engineering Simulator for Korea Regional Transport Aircraft,” 1997 Seminar and Exhibition for Electronic Warfare & Simulation Systems, Invited Speaker, Kaeryongdae, Taejon, Korea, October 1997.

·     “Weighting Functions for Flexible Aircraft Robust Control Law Synthesis,” 1996 Annual Fall Conference, Korea Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences.

·     “On the Development of Flexible Aircraft Equations of Motion,” The 20th Congress of the International Council on Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS), Sorrento, Italy, September 1996.

·     “Flight Dynamics of an Integrated Active Control Transport Jet Aircraft,” The 34th Aerospace Science Meeting & Exhibit, Reno, Nevada, January 1996.

·     “Integrated Flight Control Law Synthesis for an Aeroelastic Forward-Swept Wing Aircraft”, The 30th Aerospace Science Meeting, Reno, Nevada, January 1992.  

 

Citizenship & Language:

·       U.S. Citizen

·       Fluent in English & Korean

Research Photos & Video

 

Ψ  Active Drogue Control Test (1/2011)

Ψ  WMU Parkview Campus Aerial Video Image Video (11/2010)

Ψ  Flight Testing of Free-wing Tilt-body Aircraft (04/2010)

Ψ  Free-wing Tilt-body UAV Prototype Flight (08/2009)

Ψ  Free-wing Concept Demonstration

Ψ  Experimental Surveillance Small UAV Prototype Test Video

 

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