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Charles R. Svoboda, Jr.

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Charlie Svoboda, a 1998-2002 Self Fellow, received his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering in 2002. He obtained a B.S. (1984) and a M.S. (1998) in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas and has worked as an inner city youth worker and a K-12 teacher and administrator.

Charlie has experience in aircraft flight test data analysis, simulation modeling, and flowfield analysis. He currently is developing a software package that will increase the opportunities for innovative airplane design by making it easier to test and improve designs early in the design process. The new software integrates an existing airplane analysis and design software package with longitudinal flight simulation data.

He has three papers in juried publications and presented a paper to the Royal Aeronautical Society in London in May 2000. Since June 2002, Charlie has been working at Boeing Phantom Works in St. Louis doing preliminary design work on Canard Rotor-Wing vehicles. These vehicles can fly like helicopters and also like jet aircraft. When in helicopter mode the rotor is driven by hot engine gas blown out of the rotor tips. This particular technology has the potential to revolutionize military and civil aviation. He started teaching part-time at Washington University in 2004. His long-term research goals are to decrease the calendar time required for the aircraft design process to ten months and to increase the use of general aviation by the public.

Charlie is currently a member of the Society of Self Fellows Board of Governors.

Mentor: Jan Roskam, Ackers Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering, and David R. Downing, Professor, Aerospace Engineering

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