Kevin Hart

Department B.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering, 2019


BS in Mechanial Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Class of 2019


Kevin was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois.  His interest in engineering grew out of his fascination with airplanes and his love of flying.  As a young child, he spent hours researching different types of aircraft, studying their specifications and designs, and building models.  As he advanced in his schooling, he discovered his passion for mathematics and the sciences.  He briefly contemplated following in his parents’ footsteps by pursuing a career in medicine prior to enrolling in the Illinois Aerospace Institute summer camp as a high school sophomore and the WYSE summer camp as a junior, both on the UIUC campus.  The lectures on aeronautical design and aerodynamics, coupled with the hands-on experience of constructing a model glider and building a robot, cemented his interest in engineering.  Kevin joined the BAM lab in September of 2016 and his work has focused on avian inspired flight. He is also active in Off-Road Illini, Baja SAE and as a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). In his spare time, Kevin enjoys traveling, photography, and reading the classics in Latin.  He dreams of obtaining a pilot license in the future.


Kevin looks at the effect of dihedrals of wingtip devices and the gap size between the wingtip devices on lift and induced drag. The base wing and wingtip devices used are modeled after the wing and primary flight feathers of a Harris Hawk.  The adapter and wingtip device system is optimized to reduce sharp edges and gain accurate results for wind tunnel testing. Data from the wind tunnel testing which include lift versus angle of attack, induced drag versus angle of attack, total drag versus angle of attack, and drag versus lift are recorded and analyzed.