Assistant Professor and Director, Gaetz Aerospace Institute, St. Lucie County
Gaetz Aerospace Institute (GAI)
Daytona College of Aviation
Daytona Beach campus

Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 10:43-12:06 or by appointment

Professor Kevin Adkins holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace engineering, along with advanced coursework in physics and atmospheric science. He is presently a professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and teaches courses across the aeronautical science, meteorology and engineering disciplines. Professor Adkins’ research interests include fluid mechanics, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), boundary layer and aviation meteorology, and aircraft flight-test. Professor Adkins is presently involved in using UAS and numerical methods to analyze changes to near-surface meteorology within wind turbine array boundary layers.


Prior to coming to Embry-Riddle, Kevin spent time as an officer and pilot in the United States Air Force and spent over a decade in engineering industry. While in industry, Kevin served as both an aircraft system design and lead flight-test engineer. In addition to this, Professor Adkins has worked with NASA on the X-38 CRV and is an active pilot.


  • M. - Master in Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan System : Ann Arbor
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan System : Ann Arbor

  • Professional Certificate

  • AS 315: Unmanned UAS Robotics
  • SP 200: Planetary & Space Exploration

EGR-101: Introduction to Engineering
EGR-115: Computing for Engineers

AS-120: Introduction to Aeronautical Science
AS-121: Private Pilot Operations
AS-220: Unmanned Aerial Systems
AS-315: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Robotics 
WX-201: Survey of Meteorology
WX-261: Applied Climatology
SP-110: Introduction to Space Flight
SP-200: Planetary & Space Exploration


AMS: American Meteorological Society
AIAA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
APS: American Physical Society
AGU: American Geophysical Union
AIP: American Institute of Physics
NSTA: National Science Teachers Association
AHS: American Helicopter Society
AUVSI: Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

Inaugural Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Gaetz Aerospace Institute (GAI) Faculty Member of the Year award (2016)

Unmanned Safety Institute (USI)

  • Small UAS Safety Certificate
  • Small UAS Safety Instructor Credential
  • Small UAS System Training
  • Small UAS curriculum development

USI Top Performing Faculty Member award (2016)

FAA Private Pilot Certificate

FAA Advanced Ground Instructor