National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Dr. Dave Kankam

NASA Glenn Research Center
University Affairs Officer

University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Diploma in Business Administration
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering
B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering

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Dr. Kankam joined the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in March ’90, as a Senior Research Engineer in the ‘Power and On-Board Propulsion Technology Division’. He currently serves as the GRC University Affairs Officer at GRC.  He has oversight responsibility for GRC research community collaboration with academia, in support of the Center research programs. He also currently serves on the Research Advisory Boards of Cleveland State University, Miami University in Ohio, and the Puerto Rico Space Grant Advisory Board in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Kankam earned his Diploma in Business Admin. (Mgt. Studies), and Ph.D., M.A.Sc. and B.A.Sc. (Applied Science & Engineering) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the U. of Toronto, Canada. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Professional Engineers, and a Life Senior Member of the IEEE and its Industry Application Society (IAS). He served as the 2005 and 2006 chairman of the Industrial Automation and Control Committee of the IEEE/IAS, and is now the Vice-Chair of the Manufacturing Systems Development and Applications Department of the IEEE/IAS, for Magazine publications.

Dr. Kankam was a Research Officer in the R/D Division-Ontario Ministry of Transportation & Communications (MTC), Toronto/Canada, from Dec.’73 to Aug.’77. He was then employed as an Engineer at Ontario Hydro, Toronto/Canada, from Sept.’77 to Feb.’79, and an Application Engineer at General Electric Company in Schenectady, NY, from March ‘79 to March ’90.

He served on the GRC’s Fellowship Selection Committee for several years, Technical Review Teams, Panel of Evaluators for NASA Research and Internship Programs, and as GRC’s Technical Representative of NASA ‘Faculty Awards for Research’ Program from ’92 to ’97. He has proctored and mentored summer Faculty Fellows and Student Interns, respectively, to complement in-house research programs. He was selected as a NASA Administrator Fellow from ’97 to ’99. During the ’97-’98 academic year he was a Visiting Professor in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Howard Univ., in Washington D.C., where he taught “Energy Conversion”, and co-developed the “Automation and Control Laboratory.” Subsequently, he was a Study Director at the National Research Council’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, and later as a Visiting Research Engineer at the Royal Military College of Science in Shrivenham, England.

He was appointed Acting Chief of the Electro-Mechanical Systems Branch from November 2000 to March 2001. Later, he served as a Strategic Planning Manager in the Aeropropulsion Research Program Office, in support of Aerospace Propulsion and Power Programs. As a former senior research engineer, he planned and performed research, and managed, identified and consulted on the development of power and power electronics-based systems for aerospace and terrestrial applications. He has authored/co-authored over fifty technical reports, and more than sixty refereed publications on the dynamics and control of power and power electronics-based systems, in IEEE Transactions, Conference Proceedings and affiliated Journals.