Distinguished Alumni 2000


Dr. John V. Kitowski, ’68


Aeronautical Engineering

Dr. Kitowski is Manager, Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicles (UCAV) Programs, in New Aircraft Programs, Systems Development Center of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

After joining the General Dynamics Fort Worth Division (now Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company) in 1981, Dr. Kitowski performed technical lead functions in the Operations Research Section. Initial project assignments included assessment of technologies to enhance survivability of the F-16C, the F-16XL, the F-111, and Low Observable configurations. He served as Chief Analyst for the Concept Development Investigation Phase of the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) Program. As Program Manager of Falcon Century, he directed master planning and technology insertion studies for the F-16 System Program Office. He led systems analysis activities for the F-16 Agile Falcon, the F-16 Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) Study, the Fighter Airframe-Propulsion Integration Study (WL), and the Multi-Role Fighter (MRF) Mission Needs Analysis (ASC/XR). In 1992, he transferred to the Advanced Design Section and served as Head of Plans and Operations where he conducted strategic planning, developed new business initiatives, and managed key resources for the Section. In 1996, he joined the Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicles Integrated Product Team and managed several studies such as the NASA Study of Revolutionary Capabilities and Vehicle Technologies for UCAVs and the Future Offensive Air Systems (FOAS) Study for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense. In 1998, he served as systems engineer on the LM UCAV ATD contract with DARPA and USAF. In his capacity as Manager of UCAV Programs, he lead the Integrated Product Team activities for LMAC – Fort Worth Site.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Kitowski completed 20 years of commissioned service in the United States Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Early professional experience was as a Rocket Test Engineer at the Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Edwards AFB, California. He studied at the University of Tennessee Space Institute and completed degree requirements for Doctor of Philosophy, Aerospace Engineering in 1968. He next served as Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. He advanced into management positions, such as Chief of the Aerodynamics and Airframe Branch, Flight Dynamics Laboratory, and Deputy Director, Hypersonic Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. In his last assignment, Dr. Kitowski served as Study Director of Air-to-Ground Analysis, Fighter Division, Air Force Studies and Analyses, Headquarters U. S. Air Force in Washington, DC.

Dr. Kitowski earned a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1961, an MS degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Texas A&M University in 1962, and a PhD degree from the University of Tennessee Space Institute in 1968.

Dr. Kitowski was born in San Antonio, Texas He and his wife, Otilie, reside in Fort Worth, Texas.