Steven L. Morris

Steven L. Morris, Ph.D., P.E., FRAeS


Dr. Steve Morris holds a B.S. in Engineering Sciences from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. He has over 40 years of experience in aeronautical and mechanical engineering including both theoretical and experimental work. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and as an engineer for over 24 years, including 12 years in the Department of Aeronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy teaching aeronautical engineering and engineering design. Dr. Morris co-authored the textbook, "Introduction to Aircraft Flight Mechanics: Performance, Static Stability, Dynamic Stability, and Classical Feedback Control", published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  

Dr. Morris specializes in aircraft flight path and accident reconstruction using recorded radar data, flight data recorder data, Global Positioning System (GPS) data, and aircraft performance. His expertise includes flight dynamics and aircraft performance analyses, flight simulation, automatic control systems, aircraft stability and control, aerodynamics (including Computational Fluid Dynamics, or CFD), thermodynamics, space-based navigation systems, and aerospace education. He has also performed numerous aircraft icing analyses to support both accident investigation and certification. Dr. Morris has repeatedly taught the University of Kansas course "Aircraft Icing: Meteorology, Protective System, Instrumentation and Certification" and is a past Chairman of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aircraft Icing Technology Committee. He is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and has served on both the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee and the AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee.


  • Use of Specific Excess Power in Aviation Accident Analysis, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, SciTech Forum, AIAA-2021-1337, January 2021
  • Unconventional Sources of Data for Accident Reconstructions, American Bar Association, Aviation and Space Law, Committee News, July 2019
  • Using GPS and Accelerometer Data To Reconstruct Aircraft Flight Parameters, AIAA-2008-7032, August 2008
  • Analysis of a Hoverwing in Ground Effect, AIAA-2008-0431, January 2008
  • Using GPS-based Data Acquisition to Evaluate Vehicle and Driver Performance, AIAA-2008-1146, January 2008
  • Evaluation of a General Aviation Flight Data Recorder, AIAA 2007-6365, August 2007
  • Aerodynamic Effects in the Milwaukee Baseball Stadium Heavy-Lift Crane Collapse, AIAA 2005-24272, January 2005
  • Compensating for the Lag in Flammable Vapor Concentration Meters, 1st International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, August 2003
  • An Introduction to Aircraft Flight Mechanics: Performance, Static Stability, Dynamic Stability, and Classical Feedback Control, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, May 2003
  • Assessment of the Accuracy of Flight Path Reconstruction from ATC Radar Data Using Various Smoothing and Reconstruction Techniques, AIAA 2002-0391, January 2002
  • One Approach to Developing a 'Hands On' Flight Mechanics Program, ASEE Technical Paper, 1998 ASEE Rocky Mountain Section Conference, April 1998
  • See CV for further publications

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