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

Aviation 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 aeronautical science, meteorology and engineering disciplines. Professor Adkins’ research interests include unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and their applications, boundary layer and aviation meteorology, aircraft flight-test, and fluid mechanics. Dr. Adkins’ present research involves using UAS and numerical methods to analyze changes to near-surface meteorology within wind turbine array boundary layers and on-farm research investigating how UAS are best integrated into crop management practices.


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.


  • 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-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

Adkins, K., “Applications 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)

Adkins, K., “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)

Adkins, K., and Elfajri, O., “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)

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,” Xponential 2017, AUVSI, Dallas, TX, 2017. (peer reviewed presentation at international conference)

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


Chief Performance Flight Test Engineer for the S-76D.  2008-2011.

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)

  • 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