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Robert A. (Bob) Canfield

  • 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
Aerospace & Ocean Engineering (MC0203)
Virginia Tech Swing Space, Room 141D
1600 Innovation Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Structures and Materials
  • Aircraft Design



Google Scholar

  • American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 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