I’m an academic with a non-traditional academic background, meaning I haven't spent my entire career at or near an academic institution.
In 2013, I retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service, where I served as an officer, aviator, and research engineer. I retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Upon retirement, I joined the faculty in the College of Aeronautics & Engineering. I am the founding faculty member for the college’s undergraduate aerospace engineering program, launched in 2016, and one of two co-founding faculty members for its graduate aerospace engineering program, launched in 2021. The aerospace engineering program is the first traditional engineering program offered at Kent State University.
My Ph.D. is in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia. My master’s degree is in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech. My bachelor’s degree is in aerospace engineering from West Point.
To learn more about me and the courses I teach, my research interests, my service activities, or if you’re a student seeking advice or possibly a recommendation, please visit my personal website at https://dblakephd.net.
College of Aeronautics and Engineering
Aeronautics and Engineering Building, 1400 Lefton Esplanade, Kent, Ohio 44242