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Jim Rankin

Jim Rankin

Vice Provost-Research & Economic Development

Research and Economic Development

(VPRS)-Vice Provost For Research & Economic Development

Phone: 479-575-2470

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JIM RANKIN is the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development at the University of Arkansas (UA).  UA is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of more than 26,000 students.  The Carnegie Foundation classifies UA as a Very High Activity Research University.  Rankin holds a faculty rank of Professor in Electrical Engineering. 

As the Chief Research Officer, the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs, Office for Research Compliance, Technology Ventures, Office for Entrepreneurship, High Performance Computing Center, Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Science, and UA Press have reporting lines to him. 

Dr. Rankin has more than 35 years of experience in avionics research and design from both academic and industrial perspectives.  He has been involved with numerous NASA and FAA grants and contracts.  Projects include FAA Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), NASA Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS), Controller-Pilot Datalink Communications (CPDLC) research that was integral to NASA’s Low Visibility Landing and Surface Operations flight test at Atlanta Hartsfield and the NASA Runway Incursion Prevention System test at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Previously, Dr Rankin was with Rockwell Collins (1978-1987), where his projects included airborne Collision Avoidance Systems, Four Dimensional Flight Management Systems, and Air Transport display systems.

Dr. Rankin is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  He has currently Director of the AIAA Information Systems Group and serves on the AIAA Board of Directors. He has served as General Chair (2005) and Technical Program Chair (2004) of the AIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC).  He served as General Chair (2010) of the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace conference.  Dr. Rankin is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has twice been elected to three-year terms on the Aerospace and Electronic Systems (AESS) Board of Governors.

He is a member of the aviation community with aircraft single-engine, multi-engine, and instrument ratings.

Jim Rankin has research interests in aviation electronics (avionics) with a subset of flight deck systems, and Communications, Navigations, and Surveillance (CNS). 

His teaching interests are in embedded systems, Kalman filtering, control systems, and systems engineering.

Jim Rankin holds Ph.D. and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. His BS degree in Electrical Engineering is from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.