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.


the study of how air moves.


vehicle able to travel and operate above the ground.

control systems

a system for controlling the operation of another system

electrical engineer

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


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


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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