Christopher "Sharky" Adams
Director of the Center
Lecturer for Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MS, Naval Postgraduate School, 1997
He teaches the platform combat survivability course ME 4751. He is a former thesis student of Prof Ball’s, and his 20+ years of operational flight experience provided significant contributions during the writing of the 2nd Edition of the text. He has numerous combat sorties in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tel: (831) 656–3400, (c) 831-917-7501, Wa-333 Email:
Robert E. Ball
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Ph.D, Northwestern University, 1962
He worked in the aircraft combat survivability discipline for more than 30 years and is the author of “The Fundamentals of Aircraft Combat Survivability Analysis and Design,” AIAA, the only textbook on the subject. He received the AIAA “Survivability Award” in 1996, the DoD DDOTE/LFT “Art Stein Memorial Cup for Excellence” in 2000, the NDIA “Combat Survivability Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2001, and his textbook received the AIAA “Summerfield Book Award” in 2007. He maintains the aircraft combat survivability education website at, and his email address
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