Kaplinger, Brian


Mechanical Aerospace Engineering

Personal Overview

Brian Kaplinger is an Assistant Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology.  Dr. Kaplinger received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University in 2013 where he researched asteroid hazard mitigation under Dr. Bong Wie, developing an expertise in high-performance computing.  Dr. Kaplinger also received a Graduate Certificate in Student Teaching from the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, as a scholar of the Preparing Future Faculty program.  He has a strong interest in innovative course and curriculum design for engineering education.  Throughout his education and career Dr. Kaplinger has maintained a strong interest in space sciences, mathematics, and numerical calculations.

Educational Background

Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, 2013
Iowa State University of Science and Technology
Minors: Applied Scientific Computation
Applied Mathematics

Graduate Certificate - Student Teaching, 2013
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Iowa State University

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, 2009
Iowa State University of Science and Technology
Magna Cum Laude, with a minor in Mathematics

Current Courses

Current Courses:
Aircraft Stability and Control (FIT)
Aerospace Fundamentals (FIT)
Spaceflight Mechanics (FIT)
Spaceflight Mechanics and Controls (FIT)

Past Courses:
Junior Design (FIT)
Senior Design (FIT)
Engineering Problems with Computer Applications (ISU)
Mechanics of Materials (ISU)

Partial Courses:
Spacecraft Dynamics and Control (ISU)
Spacecraft Systems (ISU)
Advanced Engineering Dynamics (ISU)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Florida Institute of Technology, 2013-Present

Research Assistant, Iowa State University, 2007-2013

Selected Publications

Pitz, A., Kaplinger, B., Vardaxis, G., Winkler, T., and B. Wie, "Conceptual Design of a Hypervelocity Asteroid Intercept Vehicle and Its Flight Validation Mission," Acta Astronautica, v. 94 (1), doi:/2014.10.1016/j.actaastro.2013.07.035.

Kaplinger, B.D., Wie, B., and D. Dearborn, "Earth-Impact Modeling and Analysis of a NearEarth Object Fragmented and Dispersed by Nuclear Subsurface Explosions,"  The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Alfriend Symposium Issue (In Press).

Kaplinger, B.D., Wie, B., and D. Dearborn, "Nuclear Fragmentation/Dispersion Modeling and Simulation of Hazardous Near-Earth Objects," Acta Astronautica, v. 90 (1), 2013. doi:/10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.10.013.