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Christopher Regan

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Chris Regan is Director of the UAV Lab and CTO of Bolder Flight Systems. Chris' expertise is in integrated system development, flight experimental design, flight dynamics and control, and flight data analysis. Previously Chris was a Lead Systems Engineer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes developing automated production systems for future aircraft. Prior to that Chris was a Dynamics and Controls engineer at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center where he worked on aspects of flight control and flight research for several aircraft and space systems including the X-48B and X-56A aircraft.


University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology, Twin Cities
Bachelor of Science - Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, 2001
Master of Science - Aerospace Engineering, 2003


University of Minnesota - Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Minneapolis, MN
Research Fellow, Director UAV Lab, 2014 - present

Bolder Flight Systems, Minneapolis, MN
Co-Founder and CTO, 2016 - present

The Boeing Company, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Seattle, WA
Product Development, Innovation Center and Technology, 2012 - present
- Wing Automated Assembly - Systems Engineer

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA
Controls and Dynamics Branch,  2003 – 2012
- X-56A Multi-Use Technology Testbed – NASA Control and Dynamics Lead
- NASA Engineering Safety Center – Resident Engineer
- X-48B Blended Wing Body – NASA Project Chief Engineer
- Intelligent Flight Control System – C-17 and F-15  Controls Engineer

Recent Publications

System Identification of a Small UAS in Support of Handling Qualities Evaluations (AIAA 2019-0826)
Philip C. Schulze, Justin Miller, David H. Klyde, Christopher D. Regan, Natalia Alexandrov
AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum, 2019, 10.2514/6.2019-0826

Real-Time Shape Estimation for a Small Flexible Flying-Wing Aircraft (AIAA 2019-1818)
Aditya Kotikalpudi, Brian P. Danowsky, David K. Schmidt, Christopher D. Regan, Abhineet Gupta
AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum, 2019, 10.2514/6.2019-1818

mAEWing2: Conceptual Design and System Test (AIAA 2017-1391)
Christopher D. Regan
AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, 2017, 10.2514/6.2017-1391

Observability and Performance Analysis of a Model-Free Synthetic Air Data Estimator
Kerry Sun, Christopher D. Regan, Demoz Gebre-Egziabher
Journal of Aircraft: 1-16, 10.2514/1.C035290

Regan, C., Jutte, C., “Survey of Applications of Active Control Technology for Gust Alleviation and New Challenges for Lighter-weight Aircraft,” NASA Technical Memorandum, 2012.

Regan, C., “In-Flight Stability Analysis of the X-48B Aircraft,” AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference and Exhibit, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 18-21, 2008.

Current Courses

AEM 1303 -- Aircraft: Design, Build, and Fly
AEM 4333 -- Aerospace Design: Special Projects | Course Home Page

Subjects and Courses Taught

AEM 1303 -- Aircraft: Design, Build, and Fly
AEM 1905 -- Freshman Seminar: Aircraft and Spacecraft
AEM 4331 -- Aerospace Vehicle Design
AEM 4333 -- Aerospace Design: Special Projects

Last Modified: 2019-04-23 at 09:00:52 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation