Title: Professor, Test Pilot
Company: Florida Institute of Technology
Location: Winter Haven, Florida, United States
Dr. Ralph D. Kimberlin, Professor and Test Pilot at the Florida Institute of Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aviation education.
Passionate and dedicated, Dr. Kimberlin wouldn’t change any part of his journey. He loves being able to impact the field of aviation, which he grew up interested in. He is currently parlaying decades of experience into his positions as a professor and test pilot at the Florida Institute of Technology, and into his research with the FA about the loss of control of general aviation airplanes and the top 10 most-wanted list. They are halfway through their studies and hope to complete it soon. In the past, Dr. Kimberlin was noted for being one of the three U.S. Air Force officers responsible for developing the AC47 and AC130, authoring “Flight Testing of Fixed Wing Aircraft,” and being elected as a fellow of The Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He is most proud of his students, however; 10 of them, including Scott Kelly, have gone on to become astronauts.
Dr. Kimberlin prepared for his endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy in 1963, a Master of Science in aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute in 1975, and a Doctor of Engineering in aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering from the Technical University of Aachen in Germany in 1991. He also became a certified pilot and certified in flight testing, and completed time as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Kimberlin’s first position in the field was test pilot with Rocket International, followed by chief of flight and aerodynamics at Paper Aircraft, Inc., and professor and program chairman at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. To keep in touch with his peers, he joined prominent organizations like the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, SAE International, and the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Looking to the future, Dr. Kimberlin hopes to publish a second edition of his book.
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