James J. Olsen, PHD

Undergraduate Student
Math/Microbiology Bldg 104, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001


An internationally recognized expert in appled mathematics and in aircraft aerodynamics, aeroelasticity and structural dynamics.


     BSc in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1959

     MSc in Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1965

     PhD in Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1975

Education History


Career in Industry and Government

     1959 - 1960: Douglas Aircraft Company

          Aerodynamicist specializing in the aerodynamic performance of US Navy carrier - based aircraft

     1960 - 1995: US Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory:

          1960 - 1980: Structural Dynamicist specializing in unsteady aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, aircraft structural dynamics;

          1975 - 1987: USA Leader for the Structures an Materials Panel of the NATO Advisory Group on Aeronautical Research and Development (AGARD);

          1980 - 1987: Chief Technologist for Aircraft Structures;

          1992: Visiting Professor, The University of Notre Dame;

          1987 - 1995: Chief Scientist for the Laboratory.

1976 - Current

     Adjunct Professor at Wright State University, the University of Dayton and The Air Force Institute of Technology


Adjunct Professor at Wright State University




     Strength of Materials


    Mathematics for the Modern World

    Pre - Calculus


    Differential Equations

    Matrix methods of Analysis

Research Statement

Invited Melchor Chair Professor, The University of Notre Dame.

Invited lecturer on "Unified Flight Mechanics and Aeroelasticity for Accelerating, Maneuvering, Flexible Aircraft":

    The University of Arizona

    The University of Rome

    The University of Pisa

    NATO Advisory Group on Aerospace Research and development



United States Coordinator, NATO AGARD Panel on Structures and Materials

Editor: NATO publication on Design Criteria and Evaluation of Unmanned Flight Vehicles

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