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Kevin D. Jones

Research Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Naval Postgraduate School
United States of America


Kevin D. Jones was Research Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. PhD - University of Colorado, Boulder, 1993 Aerospace Engineering Sciences (detail), MS - University of Colorado, Boulder, 1990 Aerospace Engineering Sciences and BS - University of Colorado, Boulder, 1988 Aerospace Engineering Sciences. Outstanding Research Achievement Award, Naval Postgraduate School, 1999.

Research Interest

Research Interest in area of aerodynamic design and systems integration, in particular for miniaturized systems. Most of my work has been in computational and experimental aerodynamics and software generation, including numerical investigations of unsteady flows, aeroelasticity, turbomachinery and full aircraft systems, Novel radio controlled flapping-wing propelled Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) weighing a mere 10 grams and not much larger than the palm of your hand. The flapping-wing project has been shown on CNN, KSBW, KION, the front page of the Monterey County Herald and several radio control modeling magazines and Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) system integration, as well as payload design and systems integration for airborne payloads used in the STAN/TNT experiments.


  • Jones, K.D. and Platzer, M.F., "On the Potential of Two Dimensional Propellers and Turbines for Aircraft Propulsion and Renewable Energy Production," Computational Fluid Dynamics Journal, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2009, pp. 283-291

  • "Design and Development Considerations for Biologically-Inspired Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicles," Jones, K.D. and Platzer, M.F., Experiments in Fluids - Animal Locomotion: Aerodynamics of Flying, Eds. Rockwell, D. and Tropea, C., Springer, 2010

  • K.D. Jones and M.F. Platzer, "Flapping-Wing Propelled Micro Air Vehicles," Chapter 11, Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Springer, 2013

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