The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech

James Kooiman

James Kooiman grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from 2005-2009 and chose to continue with his Masters at Georgia Tech. He, his wife, and his chocolate labrador enjoy geocaching, disc golf, and most other activities that keep them active.

Research Interests

James is interested in the design and analysis of complex aerospace systems. More specifically, James is interested in designing and building cutting edge fixed-wing, rotorcraft, and compound concepts. His recent work includes:

  • Slowed-Rotor/Compound technology assessment and framework development to determine the affect of technologies on full-spectrum operations
  • Medium-sized ISR UAV platform design, analysis, and comparison
  • Capability based assessment of the aircraft carrier strike system-of-systems with an emphasis on cost reduction


  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2009, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2011, Georgia Institute of Technology

Awards and Honors

  • 3rd Place, Undergraduate, AIAA Regional Student Conference
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from ERAU


  • Order of the Engineer Member
  • Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering Honor Society Alumni
  • Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity Alumni