James E. Hubbard, Jr.
Langley Distinguished Professor
Aerospace applications of smart materials and adaptive structures; aero-acoustics for noise control; spatially distributed transducers and the extension of modern time domain control methodologies into the spatial domain for the real-time control of distributed systems
Dr. James E. Hubbard, Jr.’s career has spanned some 20 years. His work has resulted in a dozen patents which have demonstrated the efficacy and practicality of the techniques that he and his students have developed over these years. These techniques have been viewed as innovative and revolutionary by his colleagues. In recognition of these accomplishments, the University of Maryland named Dr. Hubbard the University of Maryland Langley Professor at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).
Dr. Hubbard received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1977, Master of Mechanical Engineering in 1979, and Doctor of Philosophy in 1982 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Hubbard joins the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland from iProvica, a product oriented company providing low cost, portable and tether-free (wireless) products for non-acute care facilities to continuously monitor patients’ activities and vital signs. As the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at iProvica, he was responsible for product development, transition to manufacturing and off-site Beta testing as well as corporate Strategic Planning and execution.
Dr. Hubbard began his professional career in the early 1970’s as a USCG licensed Marine Engineer with an unlimited horsepower rating to operate steam and diesel plants on ships. At MIT, Dr. Hubbard performed research on parametric wind tunnel tests to investigate blade/vortex interactions on helicopter rotor blades. He was invited to join the faculty and conduct research at MIT in the area of active vibration control of structures. Dr. Hubbard held senior research positions during the following twenty years at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Optron Systems, Inc., Boston University, and PhotoSense, Inc. He has received the Black Engineer of the Year President’s Award, SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering Smart Structures Product Innovation Award, four Charles Stark Draper Engineering Vice President’s Annual Award’s for Best Technical Patent, Best Paper, Best Invention, and Significant Patent Award, and the IBM Young Faculty Development Award. A Fellow of the Vertical Flight Foundation, Dr. Hubbard was selected in 1984 as a NASA Astronaut Candidate and in 2000 was given “The Key to the City” in his hometown of Danville, Virginia for Lifetime Achievements and Community Service. He has more than 60 technical publications, 12 U.S. patents, and has served on numerous technical Boards and Committees.
At NIA, Dr. Hubbard is working with researchers at Langley, colleagues at Maryland and faculty at other NIA schools to build a highly respected research program in smart adaptive aerospace vehicles. In addition, he is an integral part of the graduate education and research program being developed at Langley. Dr. Hubbard enjoys teaching and providing outreach to students at NIA, as well as working with the five other Langley professors at the National Institute of Aerospace. “Ultimately as a Langley Professor,” Dr. Hubbard states, “I would like to design, build, and demonstrate a seamless, aerodynamically efficient aerial vehicle capable of radical shape change.”