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Rankin, James

Rankin, James

Dr. James Rankin
Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development; Professor
Electrical Engineering
Phone: 479-575-2470


James Rankin was previously at Ohio University in Athens, OH, from 1997-2010.  At Ohio University, he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering and had served as the Interim Vice-President for Research, the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and director of the Avionics Engineering Center.  Before joining Ohio University, Rankin was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at St. Cloud State University (MN) from 1989-1997.  He holds Ph.D. and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. His BS degree in Electrical Engineering is from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.


Biographical Information

Dr. Rankin has more than 30 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.

Since 1990, he has provided industry seminars on Systems Engineering Fundamentals.  The seminars highlight System Engineering processes with a special focus on avionics systems.

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