James M. Urnes Sr., Aerospace Engineer

James Urnes

James UrnesOccupation: Aerospace Engineer
Born: Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 13, 1936

Education:
MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Minnesota (1961)
BS, University of Minnesota (1959)
Coursework, St. Olaf College (1954-1956)

Career:
Manager of Engineering, The Boeing Company, (1997-Present)
Program Manager, Intelligent Flight Control System, Boeing Phantom Works, (1996-Present)
Branch Chief, McDonnell Douglas Company (1981-1997)
Senior Engineer, McDonnell Douglas Co., St. Louis, MN (1968-1981)
Engineer, McDonnell Aircraft Company, St. Louis, MN (1964-1968)

Career Related:
Engineer, Space Shuttles

Military:
First Lieutenant, Headquarters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Force, Wiesbaden, Germany (1963-1964); First Lieutenant, 43rd Bomb Wing, U.S. Air Force, Fort Worth, TX (1961-1963); Maintenance Officer, Special Weapons Officer, U.S. Air Force

Creative Works:
Designer, Variable Camber Continuous Trailing Edge Flap to Reduce Drag on Commercial Aircraft (2010-2014); Inventor, Neural Network Fault Diagnostics, Patent (1999); Designer, Flight Test on NASA Research F-15 (1998); Designer, Propulsion Controlled Aircraft Flight Test for F-15 and MD-11 (1994); Designer, Damage Adaptive Control Flight Test (1991); Designer, Flight Control F/A-18 Flight Control System (1980); Designer, Flight Control F-4 Automatic Carrier Landing (1976)

Achievements:
Designed flight control support for F-4, space shuttles and F/A-18 aircraft; Developed automatic carrier landing systems for F-4 and F/A-18 aircraft; Designed improved control for the F/A-18 approach power compensation system autothrottle; Directed development of the variable camber trailing edge flap system to reduce drag on Commercial aircraft; Developed first program to purposely fly a seriously damaged high performance aircraft with a partially missing horizontal stabilizer, configured with a damage detection and recovery flight control system on a NASA test F-15 aircraft; Developed a thrust control program that will permit the pilot of a damaged aircraft that has experienced completely failed conventional control to be controlled to a safe landing using only thrust changes, flight demonstrated on F-15 and MD-11 test aircraft; Developed flight control diagnostics programs to accurately detect faults and thus improve and reduce cost to support the aircraft; First to test fly on a F-15 an intelligent flight control system using neural network technology that will identify and then correct for unforeseen changes that can seriously affect the flying qualities of the aircraft; Directed support to North American Aviation on developing and testing the flight control system for space shuttles; Directed support to Grumman on development of the shuttle trainer aircraft later used to train astronauts to land the space shuttle

Awards:
Recipient, Numerous Research Project Awards, The Boeing Company

Memberships:
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; SAE International; Sigma Gamma Tau, Honorary Engineering Society at the University of Minnesota

Family:
Son of Ambjourn M. Urnes; Cora J. Edming
Married Lois C. Urnes (8/22/1959)
Children: Mark; Eric; James Jr.; Paul; Joel

Hobbies:
Gardening; Building model airplanes

Email:
james.m.urnes-sr@boeing.com

Biography Sources:
Who’s Who in America – 2001, 55th Edition (pub. 2000)
Who’s Who in Science and Engineering – 2006-2007, 9th Edition (pub. 2006)

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