COL James Bluman

COL James Bluman

Academy Professor, Associate Professor


COL James E. Bluman, PhD, PE, serves as the Research Program Director for the Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point.  COL Bluman’s previous assignments and positions include serving as the Director for the Center for Innovation and Engineering and an associate professor in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, an Assistant Product Manager for the Armed Scout Helicopter Project Office, and various command, staff, and platoon leader positions as an Army Aviator.  He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Point in mechanical engineering (1999), his M.S. in aerospace engineering from Penn State (2008), and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (2017).  His research interests are focused on robotics, flapping wing micro-air vehicles, and small unmanned aerial systems (UAS).  COL Bluman is a senior Army Aviator and a member of the Army Acquisition Corps with a Level III DAWIA certification in Program Management.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering’s Donald N. Zwiep Award for Innovation in Education. 

Ongoing Research Projects

  • Drone Assisted Targeting – an undergraduate capstone project focused on designing, building, and testing the ability of small UAS to operate in the immediate vicinity of combat vehicles while providing targeting and other information in situ.  
  • Optimal Search Algorithms for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles using Lissajous Patterns – testing the efficacy of using Lissajous patterns as deterministic search paths in various search applications.

Publications & Presentations


  • Pohly, J. A., Kang, C., Landrum, D., Bluman, J. E., Aono, H.,.  “Data-driven CFD Scaling of Bioinspired Mars Flight Vehicles for Hover.”  Acta Astronautica.  Vol 180, March 2021: 545-559. 
  • Pohly, J. A., Salmon, J. L., Bluman, J. E., Nedunchezian, K. and Kang, C., "Quasi-steady versus Navier-Stokes Solutions of Flapping Wing Aerodynamics,” Fluids, Vol 3, Nr. 4, 2018.
  • Bluman, J. E., and Kang, C. "Chordwise wing flexibility may passively stabilize hovering insects," Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Vol. 15, pp. 20180409, 2018.   


Conference Proceedings: 

  • Federico, P., McDougall, B., Patel, N., Paulton, M., Pickell, W., Pegues, J. A. and Bluman, J. E., “The Design and Fabrication of a Load-Attenuating Launcher for Multiple Air-Launched UAS,”, AIAA SciTech Forum, Jan. 2022. San Diego, CA, and Online, AIAA 2022-0261. doi:10.2514/6.2022-0261 
  • Batta, N., Williams, G., Murphy, S., Quantz, A., Pegues, J. A. Manjunath, P., Bluman, J. E. “Drone Assisted Targeting for Direct Fire Engagements” Proceedings of ASME 2021 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nov 11-14, 2021, Portland, OR and Online, IMECE2021-69129. 
  • Bluman, J., Carter Vault, D., Soon, W. K., Talbott, R., Willis, J., Kopeikin, A., Prosser, E., “Autonomous Drone Delivery from Airdrop Systems (ADDAS): Aerially Deploying Folding-Wing Drones for Ground Reconnaissance,” Proceedings of ASME 2020 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nov 11-14, 2020, Virtual.  IMECE2020-240046.
  • Forden, C., Trinidad, Y., Von Chance-Stutler, R., Bellocchio, A., Bluman, J., and Lanzerotti, M., 2020, “Spin Stabilization of an Air Ambulance Litter,” Proceedings of ASME 2020 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nov 11-14, 2020, Virtual, p. 12.  IMECE2020-23386.
  • Novoselich, B.J., Bluman, J., Zifchock, R., Dabkowski, M., “Assessing the Impact of an Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Course on the Capstone Design Process,” Proceedings of the 128th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, July 2021, Virtual.
  • Barron, J., Bruhl, J.C., McCoy, B.C., Barry, B.E., Zifchock, R.A., Nowicki, M.A., Bluman, J.E., and Wambeke, B.W. (2021) “Shock to the System: How a Teaching and Learning Model Held up in a Global Pandemic.” Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference. July 2021, Virtual.
  • Linford, P., Bluman, J., Novoselich, B., Rogers, J., Freisinger, G. “A Method of Enforced Review and Self-Assessment in Homework,” Proceedings of the 2020 Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), June 2020.