Kenneth R. Buckholtz, Ph.D.


 

OBJECTIVE

Adjunct professorship at Missouri University of Science & Technology

EDUCATION

University of Washington
Master of Science                                 Seattle, WA USA                            August 2010
Applied Mathematics

University of Southern California
Master of Science                                 Los Angeles, CA USA                      May 2008
System Architecture and Engineering

Saint Louis University
Master of Science                                 St. Louis, MO USA                          January 2006
Aerospace Engineering

      • Graduate thesis work was in aerospace controls, focusing on enhancing a Linear Quadratic
        Regulator (LQR) feedback controller by augmenting an adaptive neural network controller

 

University of Dayton
Doctor of Philosophy                             Dayton, OH USA                            December 2001
Electrical Engineering

      • Dissertation research was in control theory, focusing in the sliding mode control discipline

University of Dayton
Master of Science                                 Dayton, OH USA                            May 1997
Electrical Engineering

      • Concentration was in control theory

Kettering University (formerly GMI Engineering & Management Institute)
Bachelor of Science                              Flint, MI USA                                 June 1994
Electrical Engineering

      • Graduation requirements included undergraduate thesis work

EXPERIENCE
(Instructor)

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Adjunct Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department

      • ME-530: Advanced Dynamics (Spg 2009), graduate level
      • ME-450: Automatic Controls (Spg 2007, Spg 2009), undergrad/graduate level
      • ME-356: Dynamical Systems Modeling (Fa 2008), undergrad level

Missouri University of Science & Technology
Adjunct Professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department

      • ME-211: Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems (Spg 2009, Fa 2009, Spg 2010, Fa 2010,
        Spg 2011, Fa 2011 and Spg 2012), undergrad level
      • IDE-140: Statics and Dynamics (Fa 2012, Spg 2013, Fa 2013, Spg 2014, Fa 2014, Spg 2015),
        undergrad level

Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology (at Saint Louis University)
Adjunct Professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department

      • ESCI-430: Analysis and Control of Linear Systems (Sum 2011, Sum 2012, Sum 2013, Spg 2014,
        Sum 2014, Fa 2014, Spg 2015), undergrad level
      • AENG-555: Modeling, Analysis and Control of Aerospace Vehicles (Fa 2011, Fa 2012, Fa 2013,
        Fa 2014), graduate level
      • AENG-556: Modern Control Theory (Spg 2011, Spg 2012, Spg 2013, Spg 2014, Spg 2015),
        undergrad / graduate level
      • AENG-557: Robust and Adaptive Control Theory (Fa 2013), graduate level
      • AENG-593: Special Topic: Nonlinear System Analysis (Spg 2012), graduate level

EXPERIENCE
(Professional)

The Boeing Company
Engineer/Scientist 4                               St. Louis, MO USA                        July 2014 – Present

      • Guidance and control engineer for Advanced Flight Controls group
      • Responsibilities are currently focused on designing flight control systems that employs adaptive
        control methods

The Boeing Company
Engineer/Scientist 4                               St. Louis, MO USA                         January 2008 – July 2014

      • Guidance and control engineer for Advanced Flight Controls group
      • Responsibilities are currently focused on solving combinatorial optimization problems

The Boeing Company
Engineer/Scientist 4                               St. Louis, MO USA                         December 2005 – December 2007

      • Guidance and control (G&C) engineer for Advanced Weapons & Missile Systems organization
      • Responsibilities associated with autopilot and guidance design for advanced systems
      • ACCOMPLISHMENTS
        • Successful autonomous flight of Boeing’s Persistent Munition Technology Demonstrator
          (PMTD) program ( http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2006/q3/060718d_nr.html )
        • System modeling effort helped to lead to a successful demonstration of BCAS
          (http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2008/q1/080310a_nr.html )

The Boeing Company
Engineer/Scientist 3                               St. Louis, MO USA                         November 2002 – December 2005

      • GNC algorithm development for Boeing’s X-45C program
      • Algorithm design responsibilities associated with the air vehicle flight computers
      • Perform computer modeling and simulation work to demonstrate performance of algorithms

Delphi Automotive Systems
Advanced Project Engineer                     Dayton, OH USA                            January 1999 – November 2002

      • Team lead of antilock brake system (ABS) algorithm development for Delphi’s electromechanical
        Brake-by-Wire activity
      • Coordinated activities between algorithm, software, mechanical and vehicle test teams
      • Performed computer simulation and hardware-in-loop studies to demonstrate capabilities of the
        ABS algorithms
      • ACCOMPLISHMENTS
        • Successfully demonstrated a prototype electromechanical Brake-by-Wire system for an
        • Potential for 100,000 units per year upon award of program

Delphi Automotive Systems
Manufacturing Engineer                         Dayton, OH USA                            June 1994 – January 1999

      • Designed PLC-based control systems for production machinery
      • Designs included: machine wiring diagrams, PLC programming and hydraulics/pneumatics
        layouts
      • Coordinated with mechanical/tool engineers in new machine design and retrofits to existing
        machinery
      • ACCOMPLISHMENTS
        • Implemented lean manufacturing concepts to reduce production costs by replacing legacy
        • Saved company $3 million through production cost reductions, and increased efficiencies that 
          automotive OEM machinery with versatile manufacturing equipment cells utilized lean
          manufacturing, which required managing $1 million in project budgets

Delphi Automotive Systems
College Co-op Student                           Dayton, OH USA                           July 1989 – June 1994

      • Assignments were in various manufacturing engineering departments, customer contact and
        production line supervision
      • Learned the automotive production operations

PROFESSIONAL

      • Senior Member of IEEE
      • Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
      • Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
      • Member of Special Interest Group on Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO)

AWARDS

2008 Boeing Silver Phantom Award

      • BCAS

2007 “Pride @ Boeing” Monetary Award

      • This award was for a project I was working being selected for Phantom Works’ best Lean
        Initiative

2007 “Pride @ Boeing” Award

      • This award was for the BCAS program successfully completing CDR

2004 “Pride @ Boeing” Monetary Award

      • This assignment was to analyze autopilot control performance for a missile customer of Boeing

2002 SAE Russell S. Springer Award

      • This award is issued once a year for a SAE “Paper of the Year”, written by a professional under
        the age of 35
      • My paper titled “Use of fuzzy logic in wheel slip assignment – part I: yaw rate control” was the
        winner in 2002

US Patent # US 7013209 B2 - Operating a multimode ABS

PUBLICATIONS
(Theses)

K. R. Buckholtz. Suppression of Unstable Wing Dynamics Through Utilization of a Controlled
Piezoelectric Actuator. MS in Aerospace Engineering Thesis. Saint Louis University, 2006.
K. R. Buckholtz. Sliding Mode Control Using a Switching Function Incorporating the State Trajectory
Approach Angle. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Dayton, 2001.
K. R. Buckholtz. Error Proofing Low Grease Flow Applicator to Ensure Proper Grease Dispense Quantity.
Undergraduate Thesis, Kettering University, 1994.

(Journal Papers)

D. W. Repperger, K. R. Buckholtz, M. W. Daniels. A study on the stabilization of the van der Pol limit
cycle. International Journal of System Science, 35(11), 2004.

(Conference Papers)

K. R. Buckholtz, K. A. Wise, M. A. Ferman. Static feedback control augmented with an adaptive neural
network applied to an aerospace structure. American Control Conference, New York, NY, 2007.
K. R. Buckholtz, V. J. Burkemper. Sliding mode control of the HyFly dual combustion ramjet engine feed
valve. AIAA Missile Sciences Conference, Monterrey, CA, 2006.
K. R. Buckholtz, M. W. Daniels, D. W. Repperger. Conventional switching and novel switching sliding
mode control – part I: constant reference input wheel slip. IASTED International Conference on Control
and Applications. Cancun, Mexico, 2002.
K. R. Buckholtz, M. W. Daniels, D. W. Repperger. Conventional switching and novel switching sliding
mode control – part II: time-varying reference input wheel slip. IASTED International Conference on
Control and Applications. Cancun, Mexico, 2002.
K. R. Buckholtz. Approach angle-based switching function for sliding mode control design. American
Control Conference, Anchorage, AK, 2002.
K. R. Buckholtz. Reference input wheel slip tracking using sliding mode control. SAE 2002 World
Congress, Detroit, MI, 2002.
K. R. Buckholtz. Use of fuzzy logic in wheel slip assignment – part I: yaw rate control. SAE 2002 World
Congress, Detroit, MI, 2002.
K. R. Buckholtz. Use of fuzzy logic in wheel slip assignment – part II: yaw rate control with sideslip angle
limitation. SAE 2002 World Congress, Detroit, MI, 2002.