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Kathleen B Giles

Military Assistant Professor
Systems Engineering

Phone: (831) 656-7959


CDR Giles began her career as a P-3C Naval Flight Officer in Brunswick, Maine where she deployed twice in support of several multi-national and NATO operations. Following Test Pilot School, she transitioned to the Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer community where she served three tours in developmental and operational flight test. Her flight test work involved P-3C and S-3B mission system upgrades, developmental testing of the P-8A, and operational testing of the RQ-21A. CDR Giles has worked in program management to support avionics upgrades for Navy and Marine Corps aircraft to meet civil airspace requirements, served as the P-3C Production Officer in charge of phased depot maintenance, and deployed as an individual augmentee in support of the NATO ISAF mission in Afghanistan. After completing her PhD in Systems Engineering, CDR Giles serves as a Permanent Military Professor at NPS in Systems Engineering and the Graduate School of Defense Management.
Other Experience
  • 2013 - 2014 Fixed-wing Operational Test Department Head, VX-1
  • 2011 - 2013 Deputy Integrated Product Team Lead, PMA-209 Common Avionics Program Office
  • 2009 - 2011 P-8A Mission Systems Development Tester, VX-20
  • 2006 - 2009 P-3C Production Officer, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast
  • 2004 - 2006 P-3C / S-3B Mission Systems Flight Test, VX-20
  • 2003 - 2004 Student, US Naval Test Pilot School
  • 2000 - 2003 Naval Flight Officer, VP-26
Research Interests
UAV swarm systems
Teaching Interests
Test & Evaluation
DoD Acquisition

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 2018 International Council on Systems Engineering