Robert R. Wolz

Robert Wolz

Professor of Practice

Office: 313 Walker Engineering Building

Mr. Rob Wolz received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1982 and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University in 2001. Prior to joining Mississippi State, Rob worked in the aerospace industry in various roles over a 36-year career – Acoustics Engineer, Aero/Performance Engineer, Preliminary/Conceptual Design Engineer, Program Manager, Engineering Manager, and Engineering Director.


  • M.B.A., Georgia Southern University, 2001.
  • B.S., ASE, Mississippi State University, 1982.

Taught Courses

  • ASE4113 Aerospace Lab I
  • ASE4273 Aerospace Lab II
  • EM2413 Engineering Mechanics I
  • ASE4443 Spacecraft Propulsion
  • ASE4533 Spacecraft Design I
  • ASE4543 Spacecraft Design II

Areas of Interest

  • Aircraft Conceptual / Preliminary Design
  • Program / Engineering Management
  • Aircraft Aero/Performance Analysis
  • Multidisciplinary Design
  • Lean Design/Lean Thinking


  • Killingsworth, E., and Wolz, R., AIAA-1990-2038, “Requirements for Business Jet Aircraft,” SAE, ASME, and ASEE, Joint Propulsion Conference, 26th, Orlando, FL, July 16-18, 1990.
  • Wolz, R., AIAA-2003-558, “A Summary of Recent Supersonic Vehicle Studies at Gulfstream Aerospace,” 41st Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, Nevada, Jan. 6-9, 2003.
  • Ladesic, J.G., Wolz, R. R., Simmons, F., Farley, T.D., “AC 2012-3271: A College-Industry Partnership: The Multidisciplinary Masters of Science in Engineering,” ASEE 2012.


  • Supersonic Aircraft with Spike for Controlling and Reducing Sonic Boom, US Patent 6,698,684 B1, March 2, 2004.
  • Subscale Sonic Boom Modeling, US Patent 7,634,941 B2, Issued Dec. 22, 2009.
  • Supersonic Aircraft for Reducing Sonic Boom Effects at Ground Level, US Patent 8,083,171 B2, Issued Dec 27, 2011.
  • Supersonic Aircraft with Spike for Controlling and Reducing Sonic Boom, US Patent 8,789,789 B2, Issued July 29, 2014.

Professional Memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Beta Sigma Gamma Honorary Business Fraternity
  • Past Member of industry advisory boards for:
    • Mississippi State University
    • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Georgia Southern University