Mr Kevin Jamison is a principal aeronautical engineer at the CSIR Aeronautics group.
Research expertise and interests:
Jamison is an expert on Systems engineering, aircraft stores integration, modelling, simulation, munitions conceptualisation and development, aircraft store separation analyses, air combat modelling and simulation.
Jamison worked as an aeronautical engineer from 1993 to 1999 at CSIR Aerotek group, his focus was on research and industrial work in the areas of aeroelasticity (flutter and buffeting), store separation analyses and structural dynamics, including vibration modal testing and analysis. He then became a senior engineer from 1999 to 2003 at the CSIR Epsilon engineering services group, his focus was Systems modelling and simulation of the anti-tank missile system and rocket system for the Rooivalk attack helicopter.
Analysis and flight test support for stores integration with combat aircraft (test design using modern design of experiments (MDOE), modelling, simulation, system identification, ballistics, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analyses (FEA) and flutter evaluation).
Jamison joined Denel Optronics in 2003 till 2006 as a system engineer; his focus was on Qualification engineer of a stabilised optical system turret for military helicopters. Designed a vibration isolation system for stabilised optical turrets.
Chief systems engineer of a helmet display system for jet combat aircraft in collaboration with a major international OEM.
In 2006 to 2010 he was a systems engineer at Pebble Bed Modular Reactor, his focus was on Developed and validated a unique safety critical instrumentation system that rapidly discriminates between fuel and moderator spheres and measures the burn-up of the irradiated fuel spheres within a short time after being removed from the reactor core. The performance of instrumentation system was then doubled for a proposed next-generation pebble bed reactor concept.
Jamison is currently a Principal aeronautical engineer at the CSIR, His focus is on Systems engineer developing the innovative Inundu electronic test and evaluation pod that will provide a “laboratory in the sky” to enable the testing of new radar and electronic warfare systems without having for first ruggedize the electronics for flight.
Cleared the Umbani precision guided munition for release from the BAE Hawk for the SAAF and an international client using a combination of wind-tunnel grid testing and computational aerodynamic tools. Managing the ongoing development of stores separation analysis tools to maintain a world-class capability.
Developing models of air-to-air and air-to-ground combat scenarios to help the SAAF develop tactics and specifications for weapon systems. Developed the HPAAM model to help train pilots in the application of the A-Darter missile.
University of Pretoria: BEng (Hons), Structural Dynamics
University of the Witwatersrand: BSc (Eng), Aeronautical
Awards and achievements:
The Royal Aeronautical Society Prize: Royal Aeronautical Society: December 1992 (Best final year research project)
Aerotek Achiever Award: Aerotek, CSIR: May 1998 (Best performing individual researcher)
Excellence Award: Outstanding contribution by a team award: DPSS, CSIR: November 2011 (Development of the Mission Simulation Framework)
Excellence Award: Outstanding contribution by an individual: Aeronautical Systems Competency, CSIR: October 2012
Excellence Award: Outstanding contribution by an individual: DPSS, CSIR: November 2012
Excellence Award: Outstanding contribution by a team award: DPSS, CSIR: September 2013 (MBARC store integration project)
Excellence Award: Contribution to R&D Impact: DPSS, CSIR: September 2013
Member of the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AESSA)
Member of the International Council of Systems Engineers (INCOSE)
- Jamison, KA. Buffet Flight Tests with the Mirage F1, 1st South African Conference on Applied Mechanics, July 1996
- McLoughlin DM, van Zyl, L, Jamison, KA, Wegman, E. Transonic Unsteady Pressure Measurements, 1st South African Conference on Applied Mechanics, July 1996
- Jamison, KA and Lotz, S. The Application of Design of Experiments to System Validation Testing: A Case Study, 1st Annual Chapter Conference, South African Chapter, INCOSE, August 2003
- Jamison, KA. Transitioning from MIL-STD-499 to IEEE STD 1220 in an Enterprise, 1st Annual Chapter Conference, South African Chapter, INCOSE, August 2003
- Jamison, KA and Heise, R. Evaluating the Release of a Large Store from the BAE Hawk Mk120, International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa, November 2010
- Jamison, KA. Analysing the effects of rigid and flexible aircraft dynamics on the ejection of a large store, International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa, September 2011
- Jamison, KA and Heise, R. Automated analysis of aircraft configurations for safe separation enabled by quantitative grading of results, International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa, September 2012
- Jamison, KA. Optimised transonic store separation analyses using Modern Design of Experiments, International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa, September 2013