Aerospace Department

Mark Blanks


Assistant Professor


Office: BAS-S234

Phone: (615) 898-5832

Fax: (615) 904-8273


Mark Blanks was born and raised in Middle Tennessee and has been involved in the aviation industry for most of his life. He began flying at the age of 16, earned his private pilot's license at the age of 17 and his instrument rating two years later. While attending MTSU he worked in various aviation positions from line service to apprentice aircraft maintenance technician.

Mr. Blanks graduated in 2004 from MTSU with a B.S. degree in Aerospace Maintenance Management with a minor in Industrial Studies. Following graduation he was offered a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) with the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) in Tullahoma, TN. His work as a GRA involved maintaining UTSI's fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft, as well as designing and installing flight test instrumentation for the university's flight test aircraft. He was eventually offered the position of Project Engineer for a major U.S. military contract conducted at UTSI's Flight Research facilities. After graduating with a M.S. degree in Aviation Systems from UTSI, Mr. Blanks worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) for a local general aviation shop and rose quickly to become the General Manager of the company.

In June 2008, Mr. Blanks accepted a position with a local aircraft manufacturer supervising their new aircraft certification program. He was responsible for the design and implementation of both structural and flight tests to substantiate aircraft design standards. In addition to his maintenance and flight test experience, Mr. Blanks was also the Project Lead for the installation of ADS-B units in MTSU's fleet of Diamond DA-40 aircraft.

Mr. Blanks accepted the position of Assistant Professor for MTSU's Aerospace Department in the fall of 2009. He is a federally licensed Airframe & Powerplant (A & P) technician with an Inspection Authorization. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and his two primary research interests are aviation maintenance human factors and aviation ethics. Mr. Blanks resides in Murfreesboro with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Lillian.

MTSU Aerospace has been accredited since 1992. The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) has accredited all five of the Aerospace concentrations!  For more information, click here.
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Step 1:
Download and read the Additional Information Packet thoroughly and review the additional costs of flight labs.

Step 2:
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Spring Application Period: September 1 – Nov 15