Aaron Blevins

Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering
Previous Institution: University of Kansas
Hometown: Mayetta, KS
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Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?

I originally came to the University of Kansas to compete as a pole vaulter on the Track and Field team, and academically I immediately fell in love with the KU School of Engineering. From the incredible professors, the new state-of-the-art facilities, the numerous research opportunities available to graduate students, as well as the incredible community of Lawrence, choosing to go to the University of Kansas for my graduate degree was an easy and immensely rewarding decision. 

What are you currently researching?

My area of research is on collaborative unmanned aerial systems carrying radar-arrays. The University of Kansas is involved in research projects that involve using airborne radars to extract information from glaciers. These projects give me the opportunity to validate my guidance, navigation, and control algorithms on real unmanned aerial vehicles, as opposed to simply testing in the simulating environment. The University of Kansas has also afforded me the opportunity to travel to Greenland to flight test our systems and collect data over the Russell Glacier. 

What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?

My favorite thing about Lawrence is how it is truly a college town. Everyone in the community is incredibly devoted to the university, and the university is likewise devoted to the community. I would recommend seeing the original rules of basketball at Allen Fieldhouse as well as exploring Mass Street. 

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?

Find what research topic interests you most and meet with professors that are currently working in that field. Academically, it’s very important that you find a university where you can pursue the research topics you are interested in, with an advisor who can help you achieve your goals, and has research opportunities available for you.

Which committee are you on and what would you like to do in the next year to help current graduate students?

I am on the Travel committee, and in the next year I would like to provide graduate students with a list of potential conferences in their field of research, along with information on how to apply for various forms of financial support for travel to these conferences.


Engineering Research Highlights

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