Kevin A Adkins
Areas of Expertise
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS)
Aircraft flight test
Atmospheric boundary layer meteorology
Geophysical and built environment fluid dynamics
Dr. Kevin A. Adkins holds bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering, along with advanced coursework in physics and atmospheric science. He is presently an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and teaches within the College of Aviation. Professor Adkins’ research interests include using UAS and numerical methods to investigate near-surface (ABL) meteorology, UAS flight test, and using UAS to investigate flow within the built environment and over complex terrain. Prior to coming to Embry-Riddle, Kevin spent time flying in the Air Force and over a decade in engineering industry serving 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
Ratings and Certificates
AS-310: Aircraft Performance
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
AS-390: Applications of Unmanned Systems Technology
WX-201: Survey of Meteorology
WX-261: Applied Climatology
SP-110: Introduction to Space Flight
SP-200: Planetary & Space Exploration
SELECTED PUBLICATIONSPeer Reviewed
Adkins, K., “Urban flow and small unmanned aerial system operations in the built environment,” International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, vol. 6.1, January 2019. doi.org/10.15394/ijaaa.2019.1312.
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, Oct. 2018:21:1155-1168. doi:10.1002/we.2220.
Adkins, K., Bailey, C., and Taylor, A., "Integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems into the Crop Production System through On-Farm Research," Journal of Agricultural Science, vol. 10, no. 7, June 2018. doi:10.5539/jas.v10n7p10.
Adkins, K., Bailey, C., and Taylor, A., “The Next Step Beyond Identifying Field Variability: Integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems Into the Farm Management Workflow,” Proceedings of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Xponential 2018, AUVSI, Denver, CO, May, 2018.
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, Aug. 2017. doi:10.1080/15435075.2017.1334661.
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.
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.
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.
K. Adkins, and C. Swinford, “Development of a Meteorological Sensor Suite for Atmospheric Boundary Layer Measurement Using a Small Multirotor Unmanned Aerial System,” International Society for Atmospheric Research using Remotely-piloted Aircraft Annual Meeting, Lugo, Spain, 2019. (accepted) (peer reviewed presentation at international conference)
K. Adkins, and P. Wambolt, “UAS Flight Operations in Complex Terrain: Assessing the Agricultural Impact from Hurricane Maria in the Central Mountainous Region of Puerto Rico and Developing New Data Science Tools,” Xponential 2019, AUVSI, Chicago, IL, 2019. (peer reviewed presentation at international conference)
J. Haywood, A. Sescu, and K. Adkins, “Humidity Variation in the Shadow of a Large Wind Farm: an LES Investigation,” Division of Fluid Dynamics, APS, Atlanta, GA, 2018. (peer reviewed presentation at international conference)
K. Adkins, C. Bailey, and A. Taylor, “The Next Step Beyond Identifying Field Variability: Integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems into the Farm Management Workflow,” Xponential 2018, AUVSI, Denver, CO, 2018. (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, and A. Sescu, “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, O. Elfajri, and A. Sescu, “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.
Memberships and Credentials
ISARRA: International Society for Atmospheric Research using Remotely piloted Aircraft
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
National Board Member: American Meteorological Society (AMS) Board on Education and Outreach, 2019-2022.
Reviewer for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) congressionally mandated Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) program
Invited Reviewer: International Journal of Green Energy
Collegiate Aviation Review International
International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace
Awards, Honors and Recognitions
Principal investigator. $500,000 USDA grant.
• Fusing Satellite and Drone Data with GIS to Create New Analytical Decision Support Tools for Varying Farm Types
Inaugural Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Gaetz Aerospace Faculty Member of the Year Award (2016)
Distinguished Teaching Award: Honoring Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. St. Lucie County ERAU Student nominated (2018)
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
UAS Night Operations Training Course. Rupprecht Law. 2017.
High Altitude Physiology Training Program. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 2019.