Kara M. Greene

Kara M. Greene, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Staff Consultant

Dr. Greene is a Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineer and a Senior Staff Consultant for Engineering Systems Inc. (ESi) where she specializes in aircraft accident reconstruction and analysis. She joined ESi upon retiring from the U.S. Air Force following a 22-year career with positions including Wing Plans and Programs at Al Udied AB and Director of the Aeronautic Laboratory at the Air Force Academy. Dr. Greene was an evaluator and instructor pilot in the C-17A (Boeing Globemaster), an instructor in the T-53 (Diamond DA-40), T-52 (Cirrus SR-20), and T-41 (Cessna 172), and a pilot in the T-37 (Cessna Tweet) and T-1 (Beech Jayhawk) with a total of over 3,500 hours including combat and Night Vision Goggle (NVG) time.

Dr. Greene has a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering focusing on unmanned aircraft flying qualities. She has experience in wind tunnel testing and analysis, simulator and model building, and aircraft performance. She taught courses in aeronautics, a capstone mathematics course, flight test techniques including data acquisition in the T-41 (Cessna 172). Dr. Greene is a member of the Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems Committee and a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and has held roles as an Engineers as Educators Participant, the Green Engineering Program Committee, the Student Activities Committee Member and Scholarship Chair, and the Women of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


  • Use of Specific Excess Power in Aviation Accident Analysis, AIAA SciTech Forum, January 2021
  • Quickness Criteria for Large Unmanned Aircraft in Non-Precision, Aggressive and Non-Aggressive Maneuvers, AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, June 2015
  • Toward a Flying Qualities Standard for Unmanned Aircraft, AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, June 2014
  • Wind and Water Tunnel Measurements of Parachute Suspension Line, AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, June 2013
  • Creating a Curriculum Based on Engineering Needs, International Network for Engineering Education and Research, INEER Innovation Series Special, July 2012

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