- MBA Business Administration,
California State University, Northridge, 1988
- BS Aeronautical Engineering,
California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo, 1983
spent eight years at Lockheed Advanced Developments Company (the “Skunk
Works”). During the first four
years, he worked as a Wind Tunnel Test Engineer at the Kelly Johnson Research
and Development Center, at Rye Canyon. The second four years were spent as a
Senior Aerodynamics Engineer working on performance prediction, aircraft sizing,
and stability and control problems in a preliminary design / prototype
environment. As an aerodynamicist, Mr. Kramer conducted a variety of subsonic,
transonic, and supersonic wind tunnel research programs, including work on
research vehicles with large extents of natural laminar flow.
He conducted research programs at not only Lockheed’s 4x4 Trisonic Wind
Tunnel and Low Speed Wind Tunnel, but also at AEDC, Calspan and NASA.
During this testing, many techniques were used to understand the physics
of the flow such as liquid crystals and multi-element film, which both can be
used to indicate transition of the boundary layer from laminar to turbulent.
joined the Eidetics Corporation in 1991 and served as Senior Research Engineer
until his promotion to Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Kramer was the Principle Investigator for numerous
aeronautical research programs including: a NASA-Ames sponsored SBIR Phase II
contract to investigate forebody vortex control techniques for the F/A-18
fighter aircraft with static and dynamic (rotary-balance) wind tunnel tests in
the Ames 7 x 10-ft wind tunnel; Rotary balance experiments on a generic fighter
configuration sponsored by AGARD WG16; Air Force Wright Laboratories SBIR Phase
I contract to develop a conceptual design for a new multi-axis wind tunnel rig
for performing velocity vector roll and body-axis roll/yaw motions to evaluate
agility characteristics vs. departure from controlled flight for fighter
aircraft; NASA-Dryden SBIR Phase II contract to investigate the reduction of the
turbulent skin-friction drag on transport-class fuselages by selectively heating
various areas of the surface of the fuselage; Air Force Wright Laboratories SBIR
Phase II contract to develop a Virtual Reality Air Combat Simulator (ViRACS).
Mr. Kramer also managed the efforts of other Principle Investigators for
Eidetics’ research programs.
In 2002, Mr.
Kramer formed Rolling Hills Research Corporation, where he is currently the
President and CEO. In addition to
management functions, Mr. Kramer is still actively involved in the company’s
engineering research projects. He
is currently acting as the Principal Engineer for a NASA Dryden contract to
validate the aerodynamics of the X-43A, Hyper-X research vehicle.
States Patent #5,449,131 “Vertical
Nose Strake for Aircraft Stability and Control”
R.; “Experimental Evaluation of Superposition Techniques Applied to Dynamic
Aerodynamics (Invited),”AIAA Paper 2002-0700, AIAA 40th Aerospace
Sciences Meeting, Reno, NV, Jan. 2002
R., Smith, B. C., Heid, J. P., Noffz, G. K., Richwine, D., Ng, T. T.; “Drag
Reduction Experiments Using Boundary Layer Heating,” AIAA Paper 99-0134, AIAA
37th Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Reno, NV, Jan. 1999
R., Smith, B. C.; “F/A-18 and F-16 Forebody Vortex Control, Static and Rotary
Balance Results,” NASA Fourth High-Angle-of-Attack Conference, July 1994
Ng, T. T.,
Suarez, C. J., Kramer, B. R., Ong, L. Y., Ayers, B. and Malcolm, G. N.;
“Forebody Vortex Control for Wing Rock Suppression,” Journal of Aircraft,
Vol. 31, No. 2, March-April 1994.
R., Malcolm, G. N., Suárez, C. J. and James, K. D.; “Forebody Vortex Control
on an F/A-18 in a Rotary Flowfield,” AIAA Paper 94-0619, AIAA 32nd Aerospace
Sciences Meeting, Reno, NV., Jan. 1994.
C. J., Kramer, B. R., and Malcolm, G. N.; “Forebody Vortex Control on a F/A-18
Using Small, Rotatable ‘Tip-Strakes’,” AIAA Paper 93-3450, AIAA 11th
Applied Aerodynamics Conference, Monterey, CA., Aug. 1993.
Malcolm, G. N., Kramer, B. R., Suárez, C. J., O’Leary,
C. O., Wier, B., Walker, J. M.; “Rotary-Balance Test Comparison with AGARD
WG-16 Generic Fighter Model,” ICAS Paper 94-3.8.2, 19th Congress of the
International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, Anaheim, CA, Sept. 1994.