Tad Calkins

Tad Calkins

Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing Research & Technology COL (retired) US Army

Co-Founder / Editor: STEAMWonk

Co-Director: National Guard Innovation Team
Contributor: Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Technology, Innovation, Innovation
Management, Patent Reviews

Tad is an innovation leader, inventor, instructor, and futurist.  A member of the Technical Fellowship at Boeing, he is a Subject Matter Expert and leader in smart materials and smart/adaptive structures and systems technologies. This includes developing Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuators and supporting technology that provides new capability to military and commercial aircraft.  He has been awarded over 30 US patents and authored over 80 articles and books.  Tad is Co-Director of the National Guard Innovation Team and was an invited attendee for the reinstigation of the Toeffler Future Shock Forums.

Tad serves on the ASM, Shape Memory Superelastic Technology board of directors.  He received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Iowa State University (1997) and his BA in Astrophysics from Princeton University (1988).  He is a certified TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) practitioner focused on problem solving, Root Cause Analysis, and Technology Forecasting. He is a retired Army Colonel, having served as the Washington National Guard commander of the 205th Regiment (Training) and as the State Director of Logistics responsible for emergency response operations.  He is Co-Director of the National Guard Innovation Team in direct support of Chief, National Guard Bureau, a four star general and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

- Memberships and Affiliations

  • Boeing Technical Fellowship
  • ASM International, professional materials society
  • Shape Memory Superelastic Technology, professional society
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, professional society
  • US Army, Colonel (retired), Logistics
  • Certified TRIZ Practitioner, TRIZ Consulting
  • D. Iowa State University, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics 1997
  • S. Iowa State University, Engineering Mechanics 1994
  • A. Princeton University, Astrophysics 1988

- Contributions to Field

  • Lead, Engineering Team of the Year, Boeing Research & Technology, 2019
  • Shape Memory Superelastic Technology, Board of Directors
  • Consortium for Advancement of Shape Memory Alloy Research and Technology (CASMART), executive committee advisor
  • Lead, Boeing TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) Community of Practice
  • Instructor, Boeing Ed Wells Initiative, Shape Memory Alloy: Science, Engineering, Technology, and Art
  • Instructor, Boeing Ed Wells Initiative, Smart Structures for Aerospace: Technology, Design, and Applications.
  • Coach, FIRST Lego League

- Publications and Presentations

  • Snodgrass, Jonathan D., Frederick T. Calkins, Marcelo J. Dapino, and Alison B. Flatau. “Improved giant magnetostrictive materials: New and improved Terfenol‐D.” The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 101, no. 5 (1997): 3094-3094.
  • Magnetostrictive Devices, Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 1999
  • Calkins, R.C. Smith, and A.B. Flatau, “Energy-Based Hysteresis Model for Magnetostrictive Transducers,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Volume 36 No 2 March 2000, pp 429-439.
  • J. Dapino, A.B. Flatau, and F.T. Calkins, “Statistical analysis of Terfenol-D material properties,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol 17, No 7, pp. 600-611, 2006
  • James Mabe, Frederick Calkins, The Boeing Company; B. Wesley, R. Woszidlo; L. Taubert, I. Wygnanski, University of Arizona, “Single Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Actuators for Improved Airfoil Performance”, Journal of Aircraft, 2009, 0021-8669 vol.46 no.3 (847-855).
  • Benafan, O., J. Brown, F. T. Calkins, P. Kumar, A. P. Stebner, T. L. Turner, R. Vaidyanathan, J. Webster, and M. L. Young. “Shape memory alloy actuator design: CASMART collaborative best practices and case studies.” International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design: 1-42, 2010.
  • Calkins, Frederick T., and James H. Mabe. “Shape memory alloy based morphing aerostructures.” Journal of Mechanical Design 132, no. 11 (2010): 111012.
  • Benafan, Moholt, Bass, Mabe, Nicholson, Calkins, “Recent advancements in rotary shape memory alloy actuators for aeronautics, Journal of Shape Memory and Super elasticity, (2019) 5: 415-428.