Bradley T. Burchett
bradley.t.burchett@rose-hulman.edu

EDUCATION

June 2001 Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Thesis topic Robust Lateral Pulse Jet Control of an Atmospheric Rocket.
June 1995 S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Thesis topic Intelligent Precision Attitude Control for the USAF A-10 Aircraft.
May 1987 B.S. in Astronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, CO.

SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, PRIZES, GRANTS

2007 NASA Visiting Researcher Exchange and Outreach (VREO) Program (25 weeks)
2006 NASA Exploration Systems Summer Research Opportunities
2002 - 2003 NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship (2 awards)
2000 - 2001 Oregon Space Grant Fellowship
2000 - 2001 P.F. Yerex & Nellie Buck Yerex Graduate Fellowship
1999 - 2000 NASA Space Grant Fellowship
1993 - 1995 Draper Fellowship

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2007 - Present Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
  Associate Professor:Course Director for ES205 Analysis and Design of Engineering Systems, ME506 Advanced Control Systems, ME303 Kinematics of Machinery, ME323 Computer Applications 2, and ES204 Mechanical Systems. Completed sabbatical at NASA Marshall and U.S. Air Force Academy. Taught AS 310 Introduction to Astronautics, and ENGR 342 Linear Control Systems.
2001 - 2007 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
  Assistant Professor: Course Director for ME 406 Control Systems, ME 597 Intelligent Methods in Control., and ME 323 Computer Applications 2. Taught ES 201, Conservation and Accounting Principles, ES 204, Mechanical Systems, ES 205 Analysis and Design of Engineering Systems, ME 303 Kinematics of Machinery, and ME 311 Mechanical Measurements.
1999 - 2001 Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  Instructor: Taught the courses Statics and Dynamics. Prepared and presented all lectures. Prepared all mid-term examinations for Dynamics, and weekly quizzes for Statics. Determined all grades.
1997 - 1998 United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
  Assistant Professor: Course Director for the first mutiple-section semester of Dynamic Modeling and Control. Developed lecture notes, lab procedures and exams for Dynamic Modeling and Control The primary advocate during key meetings on the creation of the first truly interdisciplinary engineering course to be taught at West Point. Personally prepared the new controls lab for its inaugural operation and developed the course curriculum for the use of this technical equipment.
1995 - 1997 United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
  Instructor: Taught full semester courses in Thermodynamics, Mechanical Vibrations, Statics and Dynamics.

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2006 - 2007 Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
  NASA ESSRO & VREO: Developed dynamic models of Ares I Main Propulsion system, and Fastrac Engine start-up sequence for fault detection.
2002 - 2003 Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
  NASA Faculty Fellow: Developed Fuzzy Logic based algorithm for designing trajectories for Terminal Area Energy Management (TAEM) phase of reusable launch vehicle flight. Developed Genetic Algorithm tuning method for Fuzzy Logic trajectory design and guidance algorithms. Developed feedback linearization based guidance for Approach and Landing of reusable launch vehicles.
1999 - 2001 Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  Graduate Research Assistant: Conducting research in pulse jet control of aerospace vehicles, optimal control, and numerical linear algebra. Adapted projectile linear theory to account for pulse-jet control. Wrote computer simulations to demonstrate and optimize control laws.
1998 - 1999 96th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, LA.
  Aircraft Commander, B-52H: Completed demanding course on aircraft systems, procedures, aerodynamics, tactics, and employment. Completed conventional and nuclear mission qualification courses well ahead of peers. Deployed to RAF Fairford for 49 days in support of Operation Allied Force.
1995 - 1998 Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY.
  Instructor, Assistant Professor: Mechanical Engineering (ME) Division point of contact for student academic plans--the division expert on the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology-accredited plan of study. Provided annual training for all ME Division advisors to ensure each faculty member was updated on the evolution of the curriculum and sequence of study. Eagerly jumped into the area of individual research, developing several new algorithms for determining optimal feedback gains in controllers used in aircraft and spacecraft.
1993 - 1995 Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, MA
  Graduate Research Assistant: Completed rigorous course of study in Instrumentation, Control and Estimation. Conducted research and wrote thesis on navigation and control of the USAF A-10 aircraft.
1992 - 1993 69th Bomb Squadron, Loring AFB, ME
  Pilot, B-52
1989 - 1992 524th Bomb Squadron, Wurtsmith AFB, MI
  Pilot, B-52
1987 - 1989 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus AFB, MS
  Student Pilot

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  Optimal and robust control of aircraft, spacecraft, and land vehicles. Numerical linear algebra and applications. Control applications of neural networks, fuzzy logic and genetic algorithms. Stochastic estimation and Kalman filtering.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND LICENSURE

  Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  Professional Engineer License #062.060214, State of Illinois
  FAA licensed Commercial Multi and Single Engine Land Instrument Airplane pilot

AWARDS

2001 Oustanding Teaching Assistant, Oregon State Mechanical Engineering
1998 Meritorious Service Medal
   

PUBLICATIONS

Textbook

  Burchett, B. T., Dynamic Modeling and Simulation, Available on lulu.com.
 

Journals

  Burchett, B. T., “Aerodynamic Parameter Identification for Symmetric Projectiles: An Improved Gradient Based Method”, Aerospace Science and Technology, Volume 30, Issue 1, October 2013, pp. 119–127. doi: 10.1016/j.ast.2013.07.010
  Burchett, B. T., "QZ Based Algorithm for System Pole, Transmission Zero and Residue Derivatives", AIAA Journal, Vol.47, No.8, pp. 1889-1901, August 2009.
  Burchett, B. T., "Fuzzy Logic Trajectory Design and Guidance for Terminal Area Energy Management", Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 41. No. 3, pp. 444-450.
  Burchett, B. T., and Costello, M., "QR-Based Algorithm for Eigenvalue Derivatives," AIAA Journal, Vol. 40, No. 11, pp. 2319-2322, November 2002.
  Burchett, B. T., and Costello, M., "Model Predictive Lateral Pulse Jet Control of an Atmospheric Rocket," Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 25, No. 5, pp. 860-867, September-October 2002.
  Burchett, B., Peterson, A., and Costello, M., "Prediction of Swerving Motion of a Dual-Spin Projectile with Lateral Pulse Jets in Atmospheric Flight," Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Vol 35, Issue 7-8, pp. 821-834, April 2002.

Conference Proceedings

  Burchett, B. T., and Nash, A. L., "Euler–Lagrange Optimal Control for Symmetric Projectiles", Proceedings of the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2015, Kissimee, FL, 5-9 January, 2015.
  Burchett, B. T., "Predictive Optimal Pulse-jet Control for Symmetric Projectiles", Proceedings of the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2014, National Harbor, MD, AIAA paper no. 2014-0833.
  Burchett, B. T., "Aerodynamic Parameter Identification for Symmetric Projectiles: An Improved Gradient Based Method", Proceedings of the 2012 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, Minneapolis, MN, AIAA 2012-4861.
  Burchett, B. T., "Aerodynamic Parameter Identification for Symmetric Projectiles: Comparing Gradient Based and Evolutionary Algorithms", Proceedings of the 2011 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, Portland, OR, AIAA 2011-6359.
  Burchett, B. T., "Gradient Based Optimal Output Feedback Using a Sylvester Expansion", Proceedings of the 2009 AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Chicago, IL
  Burchett, B. T., "Genetic Algorithm Optimization of Hydra Pulse Jet Controller", Proceedings of the 2008 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, Honolulu, HI, August 18-21, 2008.
  Burchett, B. T., "Simulink Model of the Ares I Upper Stage Main Propulsion System" Proceedings of the 2008 AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, Honolulu, HI, August 18-21, 2008.
  Burchett, B. T., "QZ Based Algorithm for System Pole, Transmission Zero and Residue Derivatives", Proceedings of the 2008 AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Honolulu, HI, August 18-21, 2008.
  Burchett, B. T., "Bach and the Well-Tempered Matlab Programmer", ASEE Rocky Mountain Section Annual Conference, Pueblo, CO, April 18-19, 2008.
  Burchett, B. T., "Discrete Time Linear Models of the Fastrac Startup Sequence for Fault Detection," 46th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, NV, January 7-10, 2008.
  Soots, S. A., and Burchett, B. T., "Dynamic Fuzzy Models of the Fastrac Startup Sequence for Fault Detection," 46th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, NV, January 7-10, 2008.
  Burchett, B., Fisher, D., and Cornwell, P., "Advances in Hands-On Experiments and Simulations for an Introductory Dynamics Course," 37th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 10-13, 2007.
  Burchett, B. T., "Alternative Derivation of the Euler Axis Kinematic Differential Equation Using Eigensystem Derivatives," Proceedings of the 2006 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference.
  Burchett, B. T., "Four Hardware Experiements for Advanced Dynamics and Control," Proceedings of the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition.
  Burchett, B. T., "A Control Systems Lab Sequence Designed to Foster Understanding", Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition.
  Burchett, B. T., "Parametric Time Domain System Identification of a Mass-Spring-Damper System", Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition.
  Burchett, B. T., and Layton, R. A., "An Undergraduate System Identification Experiment", 2005 American Control Conference, June 8-10, Portland, OR.
  Burchett, B. T., "Feedback Linearization Guidance for Approach and Landing of Reusable Launch Vehicles", 2005 American Control Conference, June 8-10, Portland, OR.
  Schmitt, C. A., and Burchett, B. T., "Fuzzy IPPD Guidance for Approach and Landing of a Reusable Launch Vehicle", 1st Intelligent Systems Conference, Chicago, IL, AIAA paper no. 2004-6254.
  Burchett, B. T., "Genetic Algorithm Tuned Fuzzy Logic for Gliding Return Trajectories", 42nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, NV, January 5-8, 2004, AIAA paper no. 2004-1302.
  Burchett, B. T., "Fuzzy Logic Trajectory Design and Guidance for Terminal Area Energy Management," 42nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, NV, January 5-8, 2004, AIAA paper no. 2004-0700.
  Jitpraphai, T., Burchett, B., and Costello, M., "A Comparison of Different Guidance Schemes for a Direct Fire Rocket," 2001 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Paper No. AIAA 2001-4326, 2001.
  Burchett, B., and Costello, M., "A Numerical Technique for Optimal Output Feedback Using Pade Approximations," 2001 AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Paper No. AIAA 2001-4352, 2001.
  Burchett, B., and Costello, M., "QR Based Algorithm for Eigenvalue Derivatives," 2001 AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Paper No. AIAA 2001-4351, 2001.
  Burchett, B., and Costello, M., "Specialized Kalman Filtering for Guided Projectiles," 39th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting & Exhibit, Reno, NV, Paper No. AIAA 2001-1120, 2001.
  Burchett, B. T., and Costello, M. F., "An Algorithm for H-infinity Optimization of a Linear Time Invariant System Using Singular Value Decomposition," Proceedings of the 1998 American Control Conference, 1998.
  Burchett, B. T., and Costello, M. F., "Optimal Output Feedback Using Dyadic Decomposition," Proceedings of the 1997 American Control Conference, pp. 1447-52, 1997.

HOBBIES, INTERESTS, LEISURE ACTIVITIES, TRAVEL

  Playing piano and saxophone, alpine skiing, photography, running, bicycling.

 

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