Christopher Regan

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Christopher Regan

Instructor, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics


Akerman Hall
Room 301
110 Union Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


M.S., Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota- Twins Cities, 2003

B.S., Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota-Twins Cities, 2001


Professional Background

Director UAV Lab, MN Research Fellow, University of Minnesota, 2014-present

Co-Founder and CTO, Bolder Flight Systems, 2016-present

Systems Engineer (Product Development, Innovation Center and Technology, The Boeing Company, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, 2012-present

Controls and Dynamics Branch (Engineer), NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, 2003-2012

Research Interests

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Chris Regan is director of the UAV Lab and CTO of Bolder Flight Systems. Chris' expertise is in integrated system development, flight experimental design, flight dynamics and control, and flight data analysis. Previously Chris was a Lead Systems Engineer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes developing automated production systems for future aircraft. Prior to that Chris was a Dynamics and Controls engineer at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center where he worked on aspects of flight control and flight research for several aircraft and space systems including the X-48B and X-56A aircraft.

Teaching Subjects
AEM 1905 -- Freshman Seminar: Aircraft and Spacecraft
AEM 4331 -- Aerospace Vehicle Design
AEM 4333 -- Aerospace Design: Special Projects
Currently Teaching Courses
AEM 4333 -- Aerospace Design: Special Projects

Selected Publications

System Identification of a Small UAS in Support of Handling Qualities Evaluations (AIAA 2019-0826)
Philip C. Schulze, Justin Miller, David H. Klyde, Christopher D. Regan, Natalia Alexandrov
AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum, 2019, 10.2514/6.2019-0826

Real-Time Shape Estimation for a Small Flexible Flying-Wing Aircraft (AIAA 2019-1818)
Aditya Kotikalpudi, Brian P. Danowsky, David K. Schmidt, Christopher D. Regan, Abhineet Gupta
AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum, 2019, 10.2514/6.2019-1818

mAEWing2: Conceptual Design and System Test (AIAA 2017-1391)
Christopher D. Regan
AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, 2017, 10.2514/6.2017-1391

Observability and Performance Analysis of a Model-Free Synthetic Air Data Estimator
Kerry Sun, Christopher D. Regan, Demoz Gebre-Egziabher
Journal of Aircraft: 1-16, 10.2514/1.C035290

Regan, C., Jutte, C., Survey of Applications of Active Control Technology for Gust Alleviation and New Challenges for Lighter-weight Aircraft,” NASA Technical Memorandum, 2012.

Regan, C., In-Flight Stability Analysis of the X-48B Aircraft, AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference and Exhibit, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 18-21, 2008.