Kevin R. Uleck



To contribute to the development of aerospace technology and advance to a program management position.



A. J. Clark College of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

·         Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Fall 2002

·         M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Fall 1999

·         B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Fall 1997


·         Specialty: Advanced composite materials and structures

·         Graduate Research Assistant fellowship since 1997

·         Member of the Composites Research Laboratory since 1994

·         Member of the founding team of the UM Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory

·         Taught and assisted teaching undergraduate engineering courses



Composites Experience

·         Experienced with a wide range of manufacturing and processing techniques including pre-preg layup, autoclave curing, mold design and fabrication, filament winding, and resin transfer molding.

·         Knowledge and experience with many design and analysis tools such as laminate theory and finite element analysis.

·         Destructive and non-destructive testing experience includes instrumentation, fixture design, standard test methods for mechanical properties, specimen preparation, and data analysis.

·         Good understanding of state-of-the-art, current composite material applications, material suppliers and products through  frequent industry interaction, literature reviews, conferences, and meetings.

Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Experience

·         Designed, built, and flight tested several uninhabited fixed-wing aircraft.  Experience includes conceptual and detail design, 3-D modeling, drafting, fabrication, electrical systems integration, payload integration, flight testing and demonstration.

·         Team leader for UM entry in the SAE Aero Design® East competition from 1996-1999.

·         Introduced SAE AeroDesign® project as a for-credit undergraduate senior design course in 1999.  Served as class instructor and team advisor since 1999.

·         Key member of UM autonomous vehicle program since its beginning in 2000.  Performed autopilot systems installation, software setup, and operations with several different systems.

·         Experience flight testing UAVs for evaluation of system performance and aircraft characteristics.

·         Participated in DOD demonstrations of UAV technology.

·         Active model aircraft builder and pilot since 1987.  Model experience includes free-flight, control line, sailplanes, pattern airplanes, aerobatic airplanes, and electric powered airplanes.

Major Research Projects

Fatigue of composite materials, M.S. and Ph.D. thesis work

·         Designed and conducted experimental test programs to measure the fatigue response of composites over a wide temperature range.

·         Developed test fixtures for fatigue testing composite specimens over a temperature range from –195°C to 150°C.

·         Conceived, developed, and tested theories to further the fundamental understanding of fatigue of composite materials.

·         Formulated new models and methods for predicting the fatigue life of advanced composites and the effects of environmental temperature.


Electron Beam curing of advanced composites

·         Designed and conducted an experimental test program to examine the feasibility of using electron-beam curing for repair of composite structures.

·         Collaborated with NASA GSFC on a project investigating the use of electron-beam curing for fabricating composite spacecraft reflectors.

Major Collaborative Research Projects

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

·         Performed mechanical design, 3-D modeling, component integration, and prototype fabrication of Acousto-optical Infrared Spectrography (AIMS) instrument for Mars exploration.

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

·         Testing and evaluation of ultra-sensitive fiber optic strain sensors embedded in advanced composites.  Developed test method, fabricated specimens, performed testing, evaluated and reported findings.

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

·         Primary author for a book chapter on the use of advanced composite materials in spacecraft.

·         Participated in remotely queried sensor development program for damage detection in advanced composite structures.

Educational experience


Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland

·         Introduced SAE AeroDesign project as a for-credit senior design project in 1999.  Instructed and advised undergraduate teams since then.

·         Taught a freshman level engineering design class where students groups conceived, designed, built, tested, and presented original products.

·         Trained laboratory personnel and students in advanced composite manufacturing, design, instrumentation, testing, and safety procedures.

·         Served as teaching assistant for several classes including Composite Prototype Design and Production.

references and list of publications AVAILABLE upon request

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