Keith with cadets at USAFA
Keith provides practical insights on turbine blade and disk design.

Former Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Academy’s Department of Aeronautics, Keith Boyer (Col, USAF retired), spent four hours this week working with cadet teams in the senior capstone aircraft engine design class as they prepare to present their work to Pratt & Whitney engineers and managers in two weeks. Three different cadet teams briefed their preliminary engine component designs for application to a low-cost, unmanned, attritable aircraft supporting an intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) mission. 

These cadets, weeks away from graduating as officers in the USAF with a degree in aeronautical engineering, showed a remarkable understanding of the foundational principles governing aircraft engine analysis and design.  We thank them for their current and future service to our country, which is in great hands with these and all of the fine young men and women of the Academy Class of 2021!

Students in senior capstone aircraft engine design class
Cadets discuss the finer points of their combustor design.