Robert A. (Bob) Canfield

Professor and Assistant Department Head for Academic Affairs

  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Engineering Mechanics, 1992
  • M.S., Stanford University, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1984
  • B.S.E., Duke University, Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1983
  • Structures and Materials
  • Aircraft Design



Google Scholar

  • Technical Director, Virginia Tech Airworthiness Center (VTAC)
  • Co-Chair, NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO), Air Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel, STO-AVT Workshop, “AVT-209: Energy Efficient Configurations and Concepts of Operation,” Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal, 26–28 October 2012
  • General Chair, AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, Victoria, BC, Sept 10–12, 2008
  • Chair, AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Technical Committee, 2003–2005
  • Technical Chair, AIAA/USAF/NASA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, St. Louis, MO, 1998
  • American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Associate Fellow
  • AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) Award for Technical Excellence 2014
  • AIAA Best Paper, Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference 2008
  • AIAA Sustained Service Award, 2007
  • Dr. Leslie M. Norton Award for Excellence in Teaching (AFIT Student Association) 2005
  • Gage H. Crocker Outstanding Professor Award (AFIT Board of Visitors) 2004
  • Outstanding Engineers and Scientists Award, Education Category, Affiliates Society Council of the Engineering and Science Foundation of Dayton, 2004
  • AIAA Graduate Team Aircraft Design Competition Third Place for Morphing Navy Uninhabited Combat Aerial Vehicle (Advisor to AFIT Design Team) 2004–2005
  • AIAA Distinguished Service Award, 2003–2005
  • Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Air Force, Sept. 2004

Curriculum Vita


  • 2009–present VT, Professor & Assistant Dept. Head for Academic Affairs
  • 2011–2012 VT, Interim Department Head
  • 2000–2008 AFIT (Associate/Full) Professor of Aerospace Engineering
  • 2002–2004 AFIT Deputy Head, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • 1999–2000 AFOSR Program Manager, Computational Mathematics
  • 1998–1999 AFOSR Director of Policy and Integration
  • 1997–1997 SAF/AQR Manager, Planning and Resources
  • 1996–1998 AFOSR Chief, Plans and Budget
  • 1993–1996 AFIT Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
  • 1990–1992 Ph.D. student, Virginia Tech
  • 1984–1989 Air Force Wright Laboratory, Aerospace Engineer
  • 1983–1984 NASA Ames Army Aeromechanics Laboratory, Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Robert Canfield - Professor & Assistant Department Head for Academic Affairs

Dr. Bob Canfield
  • (540) 231-5981
  • Randolph Hall, Rm. 214
    460 Old Turner St. (MC 0203)
    Blacksburg, VA