Kingsley Fregene, lead research scientist at Lockheed Martin, draws his inspiration from nature.

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  • Growing up along the Niger River in Africa, Kingsley Fregene developed a strong connection to the natural world. He also recognized the importance of electronics and control systems while visiting oil refineries. Taken together, these experiences sparked in him a curiosity and desire to pursue a career in robotics and aircraft engineering.


    As an engineer, Fregene relies upon his creativity and multiple disciplines, including science and math, to develop solutions to technical problems. As a principal research scientist for Lockheed Martin, he has worked on numerous engineering and design projects, including his latest project, Samarai. Samarai is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) with a design inspired by the aerodynamic structure of a maple seed.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    aerodynamics Noun

    the study of how air moves.

    aircraft Noun

    vehicle able to travel and operate above the ground.

    control systems Noun

    a system for controlling the operation of another system

    electrical engineer Noun

    person who analyzes, designs, and constructs systems to conduct electricity.

    nanotechnology Noun

    development and study of technological function and devices on a scale of individual atoms and molecules.

    Encyclopedic Entry: nanotechnology
    robotics Noun

    branch of electronics that deals with the study, construction, operation, and use of robots, or machines that can perform tasks.


This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-0840250. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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