Graduate Seminar Series – Dr. Richard “Pat” Anderson, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ.

Photo of Richard AndersonTitle: Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Aircraft Propulsion​

By Dr. Richard “Pat” Anderson, Ph.D., ATP, CFI, A&P, IA

Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Director, Eagle Flight Research Center, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

ABSTRACT: This presentation will be a top-level look at the 3rd generation of aircraft propulsion: hybrid and electric propulsion. The rationale for electric propulsion will be discussed. Technical feasibility will be introduced by equating battery specific energy to aerodynamic efficiency (L/D). Hybrids versus full battery electrics will be discussed in a technical format and in the context of the automotive industry. Torque and RPM differences of conventional engines will be contrasted to those of electric motors. Those differences will be shown to impact emissions, both particulate and acoustic.  

BIO: Dr. Anderson is a professor of Aerospace Engineering and the Director of the Eagle Flight Research Center. He is an authority on flight dynamics; automatic flight controls; electric and hybrid electric propulsion; and novel vehicle concepts including fixed wing hybrid aircraft and e/hVTOL urban mobility vehicles. Dr. Anderson has led a team that developed and flew the first manned electric gas/battery hybrid aircraft. He is the author of University patents in the area of hybrid aircraft propulsion and active ground noise mitigation of motors and rotors. His research in these areas include $7M in externally funded programs. His background includes not only engineering but also experience as an ATP rated pilot with category and class ratings that include airplane single and multiengine, land and sea, glider and helicopter. He holds an FAA certified flight instructor, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operator and airframe & powerplant certificate with inspection authorization. Dr. Anderson’s awards include the Lindbergh Electric Airplane Prize, The Carnegie Foundation’s Florida University Professor of the Year and the University’s Researcher of the Year. He is an EAA Founders award judge and was the inaugural chairman of the GAMA electric propulsion committee.

October 22, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Attend in person projection in JH-109 or via Zoom (  

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