Aerodynamic, Biomimetics and Geometry Excellence

Brenda Kulfan
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Brenda M. Kulfan retired in January 2011 as a Senior Scientist / Technical Fellow in the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Enabling Technology and Research Organization after more than 50 years with the company.

She received her BS and MS degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from the University of Michigan (1959, 1960). Her 50+ years of engineering experience includes extensive knowledge of the fundamentals and flow physics related to subsonic, transonic and supersonic flows. She developed numerous methods for drag prediction, configuration analysis, design optimization and leading edge vortex formation. She participated in the US SST program, Supersonic Cruise Research, SCR, and the more recent High Speed Civil Transport studies as well as many Boeing internal advanced technology and aircraft programs. She was the principal investigator on numerous Government Contracts related to Transonic Aircraft, Variable Sweep Oblique Wings, Supersonic Propulsion / Airframe Interference, Natural Laminar Flow, Variable Camber, Subsonic Military Transports, Laminar Flow Control, Large Span and Strut-Braced Wings, Application of Hypersonic Favorable Aerodynamic Concepts to Supersonic Aircraft. She recently developed the new powerful CST universal geometry representation method that is used by industry, academia and numerous research organizations through the aerospace industry.

As a result of her recent studies related to paleoaerodynamics and Biomimetics of flight she was requested to present plenary papers on the subject at the SPIE 16th Annual International Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials & Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring and at the 2011 International Workshop: SMART MATERIALS, STRUCTURES & NDT in AEROSPACE Conference NDT in Canada. She has co-authored a chapter titled "Biomimetics and Flying Technology" in BIOMIMETICS: NATURE-BASED INNOVATION Edited by Yoseph Bar-Cohen. She has received numerous requests to lecture in the U.S., Europe, and in Asia. She has authored over 80 technical papers and reports. She has 2 supersonic aircraft patents

Brenda is available for consulting and lecturing engagements through her AeBGeX enterprise. For more information and to contact Brenda, click here.