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					                                      BARON JOHNSON
School Address:                                                                                              Local Address:
University of Florida                         baronjohnson@gmail.com                               3813 SW 34th St. Apt. C14
Department of Mechanical and                                                                           Gainesville, FL 32608
Aerospace Engineering                        http://mav.mae.ufl.edu/baron
Flight Control Laboratory                                                                                Permanent Address:
231 MAE-A PO Box 116250                           Cell: (352) 339-5272                                    8504 SE 72nd Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32611                             Work: (352) 392-6104                                      Ocala, FL 34472



EDUCATION          o University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
                     M.S. in Aerospace Engineering
                     Minors in Electrical Engineering & Geomatics
                     Expected Graduation, May 2009. GPA: 3.79
                   o University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
                     B.S. in Aerospace Engineering
                     Graduated Cum Laude, May 2007. GPA: 3.75


EXPERIENCE         o Flight Control Lab, University of Florida
                     Graduate Research Assistant                                                     August 2007 – Present
                     Researching high angle-of-attack flight dynamics, particularly uncommanded wing rock, using frequency
                     & time-domain analysis techniques as well as system identification methods. Research also involves
                     experimental hardware for airborne data collection and flight testing.
                   o Micro Air Vehicle Lab, University of Florida
                     Undergraduate Research Assistant                                              August 2003 – August 2007
                     Developed and flight tested unmanned aircraft ranging in size from 4 inches to 6 feet, both with open-loop
                     and autonomous control. Used CAD/CAM software and CNC machinery to create 3D molds for
                     composite construction, which included prepreg and wet lay-up techniques. Worked on numerous projects
                     with deliverables for military, government, and private organizations. As president of the competition
                     MAV Team, set agendas and conducted weekly meetings. The UF MAV team won the International MAV
                     Competition 5 consecutive years while serving as member & pilot.
                   o Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit, University of Florida
                     Undergraduate Research Assistant                                                 September 2002 – May 2003
                     Constructed a small autonomous UAV for wildlife surveillance purposes using COTS components,
                     including the MicroPilot 1000 autopilot. Served as test pilot for all aircraft and autopilot flight testing.


TECHNICAL          o B. Johnson, R. Lind, "High Angle-of-Attack Flight Dynamics of Small UAVs", AIAA-2009-0061, 47th
PUBLICATIONS         AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL, January 5-8, 2009.
                   o J. Perry, A. Mohamed, B. Johnson, R. Lind, "Estimating Angle of Attack and Sideslip under High
                     Dynamics on Small UAVs", ION GNSS Conference, Savannah, GA, September 16-19, 2008. [Best
                     Presentation in Session]
                   o V. Jagdale, B. Stanford, D. Claxton, B. Johnson, K. Lee, B. Sankar, P. Ifju, "Experimental Characterization
                     of Load Stiffening Wing for Small UAV", Society for Experimental Mechanics Annual Conference,
                     Springfield, MA, June 4-7, 2007.
                   o P. Miller, B. Johnson, S. Gildea, B. Solomon, G. Irby, N. Karlovich, J. Childs, "University of Florida
                     Agent Orange Design Report", Proc. 43rd AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference Student Design Challenge,
                     Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, May 24, 2007.
                   o B. Johnson, D. Claxton, B. Stanford, V. Jagdale, P. Ifju, "Development of a Composite Bendable-Wing
                     Micro Air Vehicle", AIAA-2007-1044, 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Reno, NV, January 8-11,
                     2007.
                   o B. Johnson, et al., "Development of Autonomous MAV", Proc. 2nd US-European Competition &
                     Workshop on Micro Air Vehicles, Eglin Air Force Base, Shalimar, FL, October 30 - November 2, 2006.
                     [Best Technical Paper]
                                                   Baron Johnson


                  o B. Johnson, et al., "University of Florida Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle System", Proc. 2nd US-
                    European Competition & Workshop on Micro Air Vehicles, Eglin Air Force Base, Shalimar, FL, October
                    30 - November 2, 2006.
                  o D. Claxton, B. Johnson, B. Stanford, M. Sytsma, "Development of a Composite Bendable-Wing Micro Air
                    Vehicle", Proc. 10th International Micro Air Vehicle Competition, Provo, UT, May 19 & 20, 2006. [1st
                    Place Design Report]
                  o R. Albertani, F. Boria, S. Bowman, D. Claxton, P. Ifju, B. Johnson, K. Lee, M. Morton, M. Sytsma, "The
                    University of Florida Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle", Proc. 1st US-European Micro Aerial Vehicle
                    Technology Demonstration & Assessment, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, September 19-22, 2005.
                    [Best Technical Paper]
                  o P. Ifju, R. Albertani, B. Stanford, P. Hubner, K. Lee, D. Claxton, B. Johnson, "Experimental
                    Characterization of a Flexible Wing Micro Air Vehicle", Proc. 9th International Micro Air Vehicle
                    Competition & Conference, Seoul, Korea, May 19, 2005.
                  o R. Albertani, F. Boria, S. Bowman, D. Claxton, A. Crespo, C. Francis, P. Ifju, B. Johnson, K. Lee, M.
                    Morton, M. Sytsma, "Development of Reliable and Mission Capable Micro air Vehicles", Proc. 9th
                    International Micro Air Vehicle Competition, Seoul, South Korea, May 20 & 21, 2005. [1st Place Design
                    Report]
                  o R. Albertani, P. Barnswell, F. Boria, D. Claxton, J. Clifton, J. Cocquyt, A. Crespo, C. Francis, B. Johnson,
                    S. Jung, K. Lee, M. Morton, "University of Florida Biologically Inspired Micro Air Vehicles", Proc. 8th
                    International Micro Air Vehicle Competition, Tucson, AZ, April 9-11, 2004.


CONTRIBUTED       o Aerial Robotic Transformer – Campus Challenge, USAF Whitepaper, University of Florida, BioRobotics,
PROPOSALS           LLC, & Case Western Reserve University.


TECHNICAL     o "High Angle-of-Attack Flight Dynamics of Small UAVs", 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting,
PRESENTATIONS   Orlando, FL, January 5, 2009.
                  o "Development of a Composite Bendable-Wing Micro Air Vehicle", 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences
                    Meeting, Reno, NV, January 10, 2007.
                  o "University of Florida Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle System", 2nd US-European Competition &
                    Workshop on Micro Air Vehicles, Eglin Air Force Base, Shalimar, FL, November 1, 2006.
                  o "The University of Florida Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle", 1st US-European Micro Aerial Vehicle
                    Technology Demonstration & Assessment, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, September 19, 2005.
                  o "Development of Reliable and Mission Capable Micro Air Vehicles", 9th International Micro Air Vehicle
                    Competition, Seoul, South Korea, May 20, 2005.


FLIGHT            o Commercial Pilot License with Instrument & Multi-Engine (MEL) Ratings
EXPERIENCE        o High Performance, Complex, & Tailwheel Endorsements
                  o Over 600 Flight Hours in Christen Eagle, AT-6, C182RG, PA-28, J-3, and others
                  o Significant Aerobatic, Warbird, and Formation Flight Experience
                  o Soloed Sailplane at Age 14, Powered at Age 16, and Received Private License at Age 17


RC                o 4-time US National Champion in both fixed-wing and helicopter aerobatics
EXPERIENCE        o Piloted world record smallest surveillance flight to identify target 600 m away with 4.5” aircraft through
                    real-time onboard color video
                  o Chief pilot for University of Florida Micro Air Vehicle & Flight Control Labs
                  o Performed wide range of flight testing of open-loop, stability augmented, & closed-loop aircraft
                  o Performed numerous flight demonstrations at RC events and various military bases
                  o Extensive experience with gasoline, glow (nitro), and electric propulsion systems
                  o RC Flight Instructor
                                              Baron Johnson



SOFTWARE     o Matlab / Simulink                                   o C++ Programming Language
EXPERIENCE   o AutoCAD / Mechanical Desktop                        o Profili
             o SolidWorks                                          o Xfoil 2D viscous airfoil analysis software
             o Pro/Engineer                                        o AVL 3D aircraft analysis software
             o MasterCAM                                           o Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, FrontPage,
                                                                     Visio, & Project
             o LabView


RELEVANT     o Robust Control                                       o   Stability & Control of Aircraft
COURSEWORK   o Modern Control Theory                                o   Aerospace Structural Composites
             o Control System Theory                                o   GPS/INS Integration
             o Applied Control for Automation & Robotics            o   Compressible Flow
             o Control of Mechanical Engineering Systems            o   Aerospace Structures
             o Analytical Dynamics                                  o   Aerodynamics
             o Geometry of Mechanisms & Robots                      o   Aerospace Propulsion
             o Advanced Photogrammetry                              o   Finite Element Analysis / Design
             o C++ Programming for Engineers                        o   Principles of Entrepreneurship
             o Computer Aided Graphics / Design                     o   Principles of Management


AWARDS       o Alumni Graduate Fellowship Recipient, 2007
             o 4-Time Dean’s List Recipient, 2003 – 2007
             o Best Technical Paper, “Development of Autonomous MAV”, 2nd US-European Competition & Workshop
               on Micro Air Vehicles, Eglin Air Force Base, Shalimar, FL, 2006.
             o Best Technical Paper, “The University of Florida Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle”, 1st US-European
               Micro Aerial Vehicle Technology Demonstration & Assessment, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 2005.
             o Elected to Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 2005
             o Elected to Golden Key International Honor Society, 2005
             o 1st Place Overall, 43rd AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference Student Design Challenge, Wright-Patterson Air
               Force Base, Dayton, OH, 2007
             o 1st Place Overall, 1st Place Design Report, 10th International Micro Air Vehicle Competition, Provo, UT,
               2006
             o 1st Place Overall, 1st Place Design Report, 9th International Micro Air Vehicle Competition, Seoul, South
               Korea, 2005
             o 1st Place Overall, 8th International Micro Air Vehicle Competition, Tucson, AZ, 2004
             o 1st Place Overall, 7th International Micro Air Vehicle Competition, Gainesville, FL, 2003


INTERESTS    o Unmanned Aerial Vehicles / Systems (UAV / UAS), Design, Development, Construction, Flight Testing
             o Control System Design, Flight Control Systems, Stability Augmentation Systems, Autopilots, Avionics
             o Composite Construction, Rapid Prototyping, CAD / CAM Design, CNC Machining
             o Helicopter / Rotary-Wing Development, Flight Testing, Operations, Control Systems
             o Flight Test Engineering, Systems Engineering, Systems Integration
             o Management Track
                       Baron Johnson


Resume Supplement – Research Projects

 High Angle-of-Attack Flight Dynamics of Small UAV
 Collecting and analyzing data from inertial measurement unit (IMU) and flight data recorder on
 a small UAV capable of sustained, controlled high angle-of-attack flight. Utilizing system
 identification methods to characterize nonlinear flight regime. Also performing parametric
 study with variable airframe components to determine influences on uncommanded wing rock
 experienced at high angles-of-attack.

 PLUS - Power Line Urban Sentry
 Man-operable electric-powered flying wing intended to clip onto power lines and recharge
 flight batteries through inductance for long-term mission capability. As consultant for Defense
 Research Associates, Inc., created CNC toolpaths and milled female molds for composite
 construction. Used preimpregnated carbon fiber and wet lay-up fiberglass to construct several
 prototype vehicles. Acted as pilot for test flights, as well as data and video collection flights,
 and provided feedback on flight performance and handling qualities.

 Bendable Wing Micro Air Vehicle
 6 inch wingspan aircraft that features a load-stiffening composite wing which maintains rigidity
 under positive flight loads but also bends downward to store in a 1 inch diameter canister.
 From stored configuration, can be made airborne within 40 seconds and maintain flight for 15
 minutes. Performed conceptual design and prototyping, composite stress analysis and failure
 prediction, visual image correlation on wing deformation and creep, and flight testing.


 Loudenslager Shark
 Designed & scratch built 40% scale model of the unique and exotic Loudenslager Shark
 aerobatic aircraft. Features a ventral fin to minimize spiral slipstream prop effects and create
 more similar upright & inverted flight characteristics. Ventral fin retracts to provide landing
 gear clearance for takeoff and landing. Both ventral and dorsal fins are full-moving flight
 control surfaces actuated with a timing belt pulley system on nonmetallic ball bearings.

 MMALV - Micro Morphing Air and Land Vehicle
 Developed in conjunction with BioRobotics, LLC and Case Western Reserve University, this
 electric-powered 12 inch wingspan aircraft features both aerial and terrestrial locomotion.
 Terrestrial locomotion accomplished with Whegs, which combine the mobility of wheels with
 the climbing ability of legs. Also features retractable wings for ground maneuvering in tight
 areas. Aircraft has been demonstrated to high ranking military officials and has been featured
 on the Military Channel and Wired Magazine.

 Nova UAV
 6 foot electric UAV developed in conjunction with the Florida Cooperative Fish & Wildlife
 Research Unit and the US Army Corps of Engineers for natural resource management. Can be
 operated autonomously in remote locations to replace low altitude manned surveillance flights.
 Performed airframe design, constructed prototypes, and conducted both open- and closed-loop
 flight testing.

 Autonomous Micro Air Vehicles
 Helped develop, construct, and flight test several electric-powered autonomous aircraft ranging
 between 10 and 24 inches in wingspan. Used different autopilot & GPS systems, including
 both COTS and custom systems, along with both stationary and gimbaled wireless real-time
 video camera systems.

 Micro / Nano Air Vehicles
 Aircraft with maximum dimension less than 6 inches that feature flexible membrane wings
 developed to achieve unique flight qualities, such as delayed stall, gust suppression, and
 adaptive washout. Rapid prototyping capabilities with CNC machining and prepreg composites
 permitted iterative design progressions. These aircraft can carry wireless color video systems
 and can be operated out of sight through the real-time video link. The University of Florida
 MAV Lab has won the International MAV Competition 8 consecutive years with MAVs as
 small as under 4 inches.

				
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