Aviation and Aerospace Science Department Faculty

Professor Jeffrey Forrest, Ph.D.

Department Chairman

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  • Ph.D. – NSU Florida – Computer & Information Science | Certificate in National Security Affairs and International Relations
  • M.A. – Webster University – Space Systems Integration Management
  • M.A.S. – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Aviation Management
  • B.S. – Metropolitan State University of Denver – Professional Pilot
  • B.A. – University of North Carolina – Geography & Earth Science
  • Commercial SEL, SES, MEL, HS-125, CL-600, Glider, IA, AGI-IGI

Specializes in: aerospace systems management, research methods, aviation and aerospace information policy, information science and human-computer interaction.




Professor Kevin R. Kuhlmann, M.A.S.

Associate Chair

FAA AT-CTI (ATC) Program Mentor & B-1900 Ground Instructor 
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  • M.A.S. – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Aviation Technology
  • B.S. – Southern Illinois University – Aviation Technology
  • ATP, CFI, CFI-I, Commercial, MEI, AGI-IGI

Specializes in: FAA ATC training and certification, airline operations, airline flight standards, safety and human factors, military flight operations and regional airlines.




Associate Professor Tyler Bachelder, M.S.

General Aviation & Flight Training Advisor
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  • BS – Aeronautics – University of North Dakota
  • MS – Aviation  – University of North Dakota
  • Commercial SEL, MEL, CFI, CFI-I, MEI

Specializes in: Technologically advanced aircraft, flight training, simulator and ground school instruction.




Associate Professor Chad Kendall, M.B.A. 

Airline Careers, Ground Training, Flight Simulation Training | Chief Ground Instructor & TSA Coordinator, Precision Flight Team Coach
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  • M.B.A. – Jacksonville University
  • B.S. – Jacksonville University – Aviation Management and Flight Operations

Specializes in: flight/ground training, advanced systems, jet transition training, aviation curriculum, psychophysiology, NIFA precision flight team.




Professor Derren Duburguet, M.A.

Senior Flight Capstone Instructor & Ground School Mentor
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  • M.A. – San Diego State University – Physical Geography
  • B.A. – San Diego State University – Physical Geography
  • A.S. – Mesa College – Aviation
  • ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, IGI, AGI. Typed: Q-400, SAAB-340, Embraer 135, 140, 145

Specializes in: Regional airline operations & flight standards, flight training, aircraft performance, weather, remote sensing, computer systems engineering and career planning.




Professor George King, M.S.

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  • M.S. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Engineering Systems Analysis
  • B.S. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Engineering Systems Analysis
  • CFI-I, Commercial SEL, MEL, AGI, IGI

Specializes in: Aerodynamics, Aviation Weather and Flight Instruction.




Professor Jeffrey Price, M.Ed.

AAAE & Student Leadership Mentor
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  • M.Ed. – Colorado Christian University – Instructional Design
  • B.S. – Metropolitan State University of Denver – Professional Pilot
  • Commercial SEL, IA

Specializes in: aviation security, airport and aviation management, aviation job targeting and aviation career counseling.




Lecturer Michael Botyarov, Ph.D. 

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  • M.B.A. – CU Denver
  • M.S. Systems Engineering – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.S. Aerospace Systems Engineering Technology – MSU Denver

Specializes in: project management and human systems engineering as applicable in aerospace operations.




Lecturer Laura Braunschmidt, B.S.

General Aviation & Flight Training Advisor
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  • BS Aviation Science – Professional Flight Officer, Utah Valley University
  • AS, Arapahoe Community College
  • ATP, SEL, MEL, IA, AGI-IGI, PIC Type: CL-65

Specializes in: flight training, simulator and ground school instruction.




Lecturer Dagmar Kress, M.B.A.

Faculty Coach: Aerobatics and Glider Team

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  •  M.B.A. – University of New Mexico
  • MÉcole Hôtelière de Genève – Geneva, Switzerland, Diplôme

Specializes in: competitive flight operations and training – IAC and NIFA coach, general aviation flight training, airshow demonstrations.




Lecturer Jose M. López

STK, Astronautical/Aeronautical Engineering Advisor

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  • M.S. – University of Tennessee Space Institute – Aerospace Engineering
  • B.S. – Saint Louis University – Aerospace Engineering
  • Colonel, USAF – Ret, Master Space Badge
  • Raytheon – engineering manager (ret)
  • AGI STK Certified

Specializes in: astrodynamics, energy systems, space science & systems, space operations and AGI Systems Tool Kit (STK).




Lecturer George Nolly, D.B.A.

General Aviation & Flight Training Advisor

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  • D.B.A. Business Administration, Northcentral University
  • M.S. – Systems Management – University of Southern California
  • B.S. – Electrical Engineering – United States Air Force Academy
  • ATP Certificate: B-727, B-737, B-777, B-787, Learjet, CE-680, BGI, AGI, IGI

Specializes in: Simulator instruction, Aviation Weather and ground school instruction.




Lecturer Randy Owen, M.S.

Astronautical/Electrical Engineering and Space Operations Advisor

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  • M.S. – Airforce Institute of Technology – Electrical Engineering
  • M.S. – University of Colorado – Boulder – Engineering Management
  • B.S. – Cornell University – Electrical Engineering

Specializes in: Space Science, Spacecraft Engineering and Operations and Electrical Engineering.




Front Office Staff

General Front Office Contact

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Kiha Sutta

Academic Department Coordinator & Outreach
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Specializes in: General Advising, Department Office Operations, Community and Industry Outreach.




Thomas Shriver, B.S.

Student Retention & Academic Program Analyst 
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  • B.S. Aviation & Aerospace Science – MSU Denver
  • PPL, IGI

Specializes in: Advanced Advising, Student Outreach & Retention, Departmental/University Data Analytics.




Aeronautics and Aerospace Systems Laboratories (AASL) Staff


Joshua Carrier

Technical Operations Manager

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Specializes in: Aircraft and ATC Simulation Systems Support, Laboratory Maintenance and Logistics, and Computer/Network Technology Management.

Questions? Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in the Aviation and Aerospace Science Department at MSU Denver.

Prospective students, parents, alumni, and industry partners are welcome to submit inquiries to the departmental email (located on the right side of this section).

Campus Address:

Aviation and Aerospace Science Department
Metropolitan State University of Denver
1250 7th Street – Seventh Street Classroom
Campus Box 30
PO Box 173362
Denver, Colorado 80204