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

Areas of Expertise

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS)

UAS applications

Aircraft flight test

Boundary layer meteorology

Fluid mechanics/Aerodynamics

Turbulence

Geophysical fluid dynamics



Dr. Kevin Adkins holds bachelor, master, and doctoral 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 College of Aviation and College of Engineering. Professor Adkins’ research interests include unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and their applications, boundary layer meteorology, aircraft flight test, and fluid mechanics. Dr. Adkins is presently involved in using UAS and numerical methods to analyze changes to near-surface meteorology, integrating UAS into precision agriculture, and UAS flight test. Prior to coming to Embry-Riddle, Kevin spent over a decade in engineering industry and served as both an aircraft system design and lead flight test engineer.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering, Mississippi State University
  • 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

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-235: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation

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


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Doctoral Dissertation

Adkins, K., “Analysis of near-surface relative humidity in a wind turbine array boundary layer using an instrumented unmanned aerial system (UAS) and large-eddy simulation (LES),” Ph.D. dissertation, Dept. Aero. Eng., Mississippi State Univ., Starkville, MS, 2017.

Peer Reviewed

Adkins, K., and Sescu, A., "Observations of relative humidity in the near-wake of a wind turbine using an instrumented unmanned aerial system," International Journal of Green Energy, vol. 14, pp. 845-860, 2017/08/09 2017. doi: 10.1080/15435075.2017.1334661.

Adkins, K., and Sescu, A., “Analysis of near-surface relative humidity in a wind turbine array boundary layer using an instrumented unmanned aerial system and large-eddy simulation,” Wind Energy, under review.

Adkins, K., Olds, J., and Ellis, C., “Development, testing and use of an instrumented unmanned aerial system to investigate changes to the near-surface meteorology within a wind farm,” Proceedings of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Xponential 2017, AUVSI, Dallas, TX, May, 2017.

Adkins, K., “Quantifying the Aerodynamic Forces on Objects During a Vault,” SOARce: The Society of Accident Reconstructionists, Dec. 2007.

Textbook

Adkins, K., “The Elements” in Mirot, A.J. (ed), Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Safety. Orlando FL: Unmanned Safety Institute (ARGUS International), ch. 7, pp. 135-156, March 2017.

Online Training Courses

Online sUAS Safety Certification Course for commercial operators, Module 7: UAS and the Elements. Unmanned Safety Institute (ARGUS International). www.unmannedsafetyinstitute.org. 2017.

PRESENTATIONS

K. Adkins and C. Bailey, “The Next Step Beyond Identifying Field Variability: On-Farm Investigations Using an Unmanned Aerial System to Accurately Diagnose Crop Disease,” Xponential 2018, AUVSI, Denver, CO, 2018. (accepted, peer reviewed presentation at international conference)

K. Adkins, “Application of UAS for Environmental Sustainability,” anchor lecture for multiday Informatics Days event hosted by the School for Environment & Sustainability at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 2017. (invited guest lecture)

K. Adkins, “Observations of Near-Surface Relative Humidity in a Wind Turbine Array Boundary Layer Using an Instrumented Unmanned Aerial System,” Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 2016. (peer reviewed presentation at international conference)

K. Adkins and O. Elfajri, “Analysis of Near-Surface Relative Humidity in a Wind Turbine Array Boundary Layer Using an Instrumented Unmanned Aerial System and Large-Eddy Simulation,” Division of Fluid Dynamics, APS, Portland, OR, 2016. (peer reviewed presentation at international conference)

K. Adkins, J. Olds, and C. Ellis, “Development, Testing and Use of an Instrumented Unmanned Aerial System to Investigate Changes to the Near-Surface Meteorology within a Wind Farm,” Xponential 2017, AUVSI, Dallas, TX, 2017. (peer reviewed presentation at international conference)

K. Adkins, “UAS: An Overview and Case For,” Civil Air Patrol: Florida Field Leadership Exercise (FLeX), March 2016. (invited guest lecture)

K. Adkins, “Effect of Derating and Shutting Down of Turbines on the Extracted Power of Large Wind Farms in Thermally-Stratified Atmospheric Boundary Layer,” Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 2015. (peer reviewed presentation at international conference)


Senior Aero/Thermo Flight Test Engineer.  2008-2011.

Chief Aircraft Performance Flight Test Engineer for the S-76D.  2009-2011.

Sikorsky Aircraft.  West Palm Beach, FL.

Flight Test Engineer.  2008.

Piper Aircraft.  Vero Beach, FL.

Aircraft Systems Engineer and Technical Group Manager.  2000-2007.

Smiths Aerospace/GE Aviation.  Grand Rapids, MI.

Engineering Consultant Co-Op.  1996-1997.

CADSi.  Consulting Services Department.


AMS: American Meteorological Society

AIAA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Senior Member

APS: American Physical Society

AGU: American Geophysical Union, Associate Member

AIP: American Institute of Physics

AHS: American Helicopter Society

AUVSI: Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

CAP: Civil Air Patrol

EAA: Experimental Aircraft Association

AOPA: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association


Inaugural Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Gaetz Aerospace Faculty Member of the Year Award (2016)

Unmanned Safety Institute (USI)

  • SME: Aerodynamics and Meteorology
  • Small UAS Safety Certificate
  • Small UAS Safety Instructor Credential
  • Small UAS System Training

USI Top Performing Faculty Member Award (2016)

FAA Remote Pilot Certificate with small Unmanned Aircraft Systems rating (Part 107 Remote Pilot)

FAA Private Pilot Certificate

FAA Advanced Ground Instructor