Mr. James Kenny is a Research Engineer within the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he works in ASDL’s Propulsion and Energy division. His primary research focuses are sustainable aviation and advanced propulsion systems, currently working with the design and analysis of hybrid electric gas turbine engines and engine-airframe integration. He also performs research in the area of electrified naval vessel architecting and is interested in improving naval fleet sustainability.

  • Master of Science, Aerospace Engineering, 2020, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, 2010, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

A59a: Jet Noise Modeling to Support Low Noise Supersonic Aircraft Technology Development (Sponsor: FAA))

  • Role: Technical Lead, Contributor
  • Project overview: Development of a supersonic inlet performance prediction code as part of an effort to analyze changes in inlet design on overall vehicle performance and noise footprint.

System Analysis for the Electrical Propulsion Flight Demonstrator (EPFD) (Sponsor: NASA)

  • Role: Contributor
  • Project overview: Development of a method of analyzing hybrid electric propulsion systems, including electric taxi, takeoff and climb boost, electric power transfer, and sub-systems optimization. Methods applied to 4 different classes of vehicles in the turbofan (jet) and turboprop market categories. This analysis supports quantification of the benefits of the technologies being developed under the EPFD program flight demos.

Leading Advanced Turbine Research for ​Hybrid Electric Propulsion Systems (Sponsor: NASA)

  • Role: Contributor
  • Project overview: Provide propulsion and overall systems analysis and design for hybrid electric turbofan architectures to support collaborative research effort with industry and academic partners in order to address the challenges of small core turbomachinery for hybrid electric propulsion for single-aisle aircraft.

Interactive Decision-making Support Environment for HTS Technology Selection (Sponsor: Office of Naval Research)

  • Role: Maritime SME, Contributor
  • Project overview: Development of a decision support tool for design space exploration, superconducting technology (HTS) infusion, and impact investigation for the selection of electric ship architectures.

Maritime Robotics Path-Planning for Communications-Constrained Environments (Sponsor: US Navy Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC))

  • Role: Contributor
  • Project overview: Development, implementation, and testing of a path planning algorithm for a cyber-physical system (WAM-V maritime vessel, produced by Marine Advanced Robotics) provided by the US Navy. Propulsion, control systems, communications systems, and control logic were designed, configured, and/or installed, then tested in a maritime environment. The resulting system was entered into competition in the Office of Naval Research’s RobotX competition in December 2018.

Modular Lunar Lander Architecture Tradespace Exploration (Sponsor: Northrop Grumman)

  • Role: Contributor
  • Project overview: Developed Python-based architecting code to explore trades for modular lunar lander designs. Developed dashboard for rapid, physics-based lunar lander designs to be explored for various lunar missions.

Maritime Battlespace Exploration and Wargaming Environment (Sponsor: NATO)

  • Role: Contributor
  • Project overview: Developent of an agent-based wargaming tool to explore a theoretical NATO member naval fleet tradespace to inform defense acquision decisions. Tool modeled the impacts of fictitious areas of operation, as well as friendly and enemy agent capabilities to determine gaps in defense capabilities.

Conference Papers

  1. K. Milios, C. Hall, A. Burrell, J. Brooks, J. Kenny, J. Gladin, and D.N. Mavris, Modeling and Simulation of a Parallel Hybrid-Electric Propulsion System - Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) Program, 2022 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference & Expo (ITEC), 2022, pp. 682-687, Link to PDF

  • Research Engineer, Lieutenant Commander, Office of Naval Research-Reserve Component (US Navy Reserve)
  • Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)