Dr. Nate Callender

Associate Professor

Dr. Nate Callender
(615) 898-5983
(615) 904-8273
Room BAS S240, Business & Aerospace Building (BAS)
MTSU Box 67, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

MW  9:30-11:30

TR   9:00-9:40, 12:30-1:00, 2:30-3:30

Other times by appointment

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2013)
  • MS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2003)
  • BS, Middle Tennessee State University (1999)

Biography

Mark N. Callender worked as a flight test engineer for the U.S. Army Technical Test Center (ATTC) conducting performance and systems flight testing of various Army aircraft. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Aerospace at MTSU where he coordinates the Aerospace Technology Concentration and teaches aerodynamics and aircraft performance and provides research mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students. His research interests include low Reynolds number fluid mechanics, active and p...

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Mark N. Callender worked as a flight test engineer for the U.S. Army Technical Test Center (ATTC) conducting performance and systems flight testing of various Army aircraft. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Aerospace at MTSU where he coordinates the Aerospace Technology Concentration and teaches aerodynamics and aircraft performance and provides research mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students. His research interests include low Reynolds number fluid mechanics, active and passive flow control, micro air vehicle (MAV) lift production, force balance design, and the philosophy of time.

Philosophy of Teaching
My philosophy of teaching is addressed by the four-fold definition of philosophy as given in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition followed by reflections on the Greek origin of the word. First, Merrium-Webster defines philosophy as:
1. “all learning…”
My specific discipline is not an island. Many disciplines are interwoven and my teaching reflects this. A blending of physics, mathematics, practical aviation, and language skills is incorporated into my classes.
2. “pursuit of wisdom”
To inspire individuals to want to learn, by exemplifying my own desire for wisdom and knowledge, is intentional.
3. “a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity…”
The courses I regularly teach present just this. They offer the theory behind the aerodynamic forces of lift, drag, and thrust necessary for understanding flight. The theory by which aircraft performance and stability are predicted and verified is also presented. These theories provide insight and undergird student research endeavors whether it be designing, constructing, and flying gliders; performing in-flight testing of aircraft; or exploring novel ideas through wind tunnel or computational experiments.
4. “calmness of temper and judgment…”
I hope to interact with the learners in (and out of) my classroom with thoughtfulness, respect, and fairness which reflects my preparedness and focus on their education.
When analyzing the Greek origins of the word philosophy, philo and sophos in combination mean the love of wisdom. I am to pass this on to my students, so they will realize the truth of the writer of the proverb: “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding” (Proverbs 3:13).

Syllabi
AERO/EXL 1020, Theory of Flight
AERO/EXL 3440, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics
AERO 4071, Problems in Aerospace
AERO/EXL 4440, Aircraft Performance

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Publications

Callender, M. (2018). Uas rotor sound pressure level reduction through leading edge, upper surface, and trailing edge modification. Proceedings of AUVSI’s XPonential 2018 Conference.

Callender, M. (2017). Uas propeller/rotor sound pressure level reduction through leading edge modification. Journal of Applied Mechanical Engineering. 6:254. doi:10.4172/2168-9873.1000254.

Callender, M., Robinson, V. (2016). Small uas propeller/rotor sound pressure level an...

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Callender, M. (2018). Uas rotor sound pressure level reduction through leading edge, upper surface, and trailing edge modification. Proceedings of AUVSI’s XPonential 2018 Conference.

Callender, M. (2017). Uas propeller/rotor sound pressure level reduction through leading edge modification. Journal of Applied Mechanical Engineering. 6:254. doi:10.4172/2168-9873.1000254.

Callender, M., Robinson, V. (2016). Small uas propeller/rotor sound pressure level and thrust testing: bioinspired modifications for uas noise reduction. Proceedings of AUVSI’s XPonential 2016 Conference.

Callender, M. (2015). Rotating cylindrical bodies at low Re. Proceedings of the 45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference.

Callender, M., Campbell, D. (2015). Design considerations for a martian unmanned aerial system. Proceedings of the AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015 Conference.

Callender, M. (2014). The theoretical extension of Prandtl’s inviscid lifting line theory to the viscous flow over rotating cylinders. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science. 89(1).

Callender, M., Dornan, W. A., Craig, P., Beckman, W., & Gossett, S.  (2009).  Transfer of skills from microsoft flight simulator x to an aircraft.  Proceedings of the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, USA, 221-226.

Operational test director’s quick reference target guide.  (2008).  Murfreesboro, TN:  Middle Tennessee State University.

Craig, P. A., Beckman, W. S., Callender, M., Gossett, S., & Dornan, W.  (2008).  Results from the first faa industry training standards (fits) commercial pilot training course – a student’s perspective.  Proceedings of the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, USA, 402-407.

Callender, M. N.  (2007).  Transfer and cost effectiveness as guides to simulator/flight training device use.  Collegiate Aviation Review.  26(1), 28-32.

Beckman, W. S., Callender, M. N., Gossett, S., Dornan, W. A., & Craig, P. A.  (2007).  Moving fits training  from the laboratory to the flight line.  Manuscript submitted for publication.  Collegiate Aviation Review.  26(1), 21-27.

Pupalaikis, R., Smith, C. F., & Callender, N.  (2001).  Preliminary airworthiness evaluation of the ah-64d helicopter equipped with the digital electronic control (dec) 2000 (DTC Project No. 4-AI-100-LBA-063/KF).  Fort Rucker, AL:  U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center.

Ernst, C., Miller, W., Correia, J., Callender, N., Warren, J., Paris, S., Fell, W., & Chapman, A.  (2001).   Nondevelopment item 2.75-Inch rocket motor airworthiness qualification test on the ah-64a helicopter (DTC Project No. 4-MU-014-000-057/KF).  Fort Rucker, AL:  U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center.

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Awards

2017-2018 Outstanding Honors Faculty Award

2015-2016 Outstanding Teacher Award

2012 LEGACY Most Challenging Class Award

2010 CBAS Excellence in Teaching Award

Courses

AERO 1020

AERO 3440

AERO 4071

AERO 4440

AERO 6611