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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


    Atmospheric Flight Dynamics and Control


    Course Instructor:

    Dr. David K. Schmidt is an internationally recognized expert in atmospheric flight dynamics and control. Early in his career he served on the technical staffs of the McDonnell Douglas Missiles and Space Corp. and the Stanford Research Institute. While later he served as a summer faculty fellow at the USAF Flight Dynamics Laboratory and as a visiting sabbatical professor at NASA’s Langley Research Center. Over his 30-year academic career, he has been a member of the engineering faculties of, in order, Purdue University, Arizona State University, and the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado.

    He has been an invited member of several national review panels on aerospace research, including several organized by the National Academy of Engineering and the USAF Scientific Advisory Board. In service to AIAA, he has served as the General Conference Chair for the Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and has chaired the GN&C Technical Committee, he is a past member of AIAA’s Education Editorial Board, and he was an associate editor of the Journal of Dynamics, Guidance, and Control. Dr. Schmidt is the author of "Modern Flight Dynamics," published by McGraw-Hill (2011), plus over 200 research articles on flight dynamics and man-machine control systems. And in 1997, Dr. Schmidt received AIAA’s highest honor in his field when he was awarded the Mechanics and Control of Flight Award. He is a fellow of AIAA.