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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.
This project was to determine if a bird strike on the wing of a small single-engine general aviation aircraft was sufficient to result in a loss of control and crash or if it resulted from the actions of the pilot.
This project required our experts to analyze aircraft the ice accretion that would have occurred on a business jet given the meteorological conditions that existed at the time of the aircraft loss of control and accident while on approach to landing.
This project involved the midair between two small single-engine general aviation aircraft that collided after departing a controlled airport. The issue involved determining the flight paths of both aircraft and the visibility from each aircraft to the other.
The project was to analyze and determine the cause of an accident of a Boeing 737 commercial airliner that ran off the runway during the takeoff roll. The aircraft was substantially damaged from impact with the terrain and a post-crash fire
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