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James Hilkert

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-4681
Office: ECSN 2.504
800 West Campbell Rd
Mailstop: EC-38
Richardson, TX 75080-3021








James M.(Jim)Hilkert

Senior Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering

Doctorate of Engineering, M.E, Southern Methodist University, 1989.
M.S.M.E, Mississippi State University, 1972.
B.S.M.E, Mississippi State University, 1971.

Research Interests
Control systems and dynamics. Mechatronics, precision mechanism and electro-mechanical systems design. Configuration, design and analysis of inertially stabilized pointing and tracking systems and inertial navigation for applications in reconnaissance, astronomy, targeting, guidance, geo-pointing / geo-locating and other application areas.

Five Most Recent Journal Publications, Book Chapters, and Books

  • Hilkert, J. and Pautler, B., "A reduced-order disturbance observer applied to inertially stabilized Line-of-Sight control", Proc SPIE, Apr 2011.
  • Hilkert, J. and Amil, D., "Structural interactions and analysis techniques in precision pointing and tracking systems - a tutorial", Proc SPIE, Vol 7696, Apr 2010.
  • Hilkert, J. and Cohen, S., "Development of mirror stabilization line-of-sight rate equations for an un-conventional sensor-to-gimbal orientation," Proc SPIE, Vol 7338, Apr 2009.
  • Hilkert. J., "Inertially Stabilized Platforms", IEEE Control Systems Magazine vol. 28, no. 1, pp 26-46, Feb. 2008.
  • Hilkert, J. and Jonas, M., "A Unique Three-Axis Gimbal Mechanism", Proc SPIE, Vol 6971, Mar 2008.
  • Jenkins, S.and Hilkert, J, "Sin/Cos encoder interpolation methods and system level configuration of Encoder to digital tracking converters for rate and position loop controllers.", Proc SPIE, Vol 6971, Mar 2008.

Major Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding paper award 2009 IEEE Control Systems Magazine.
  • Member Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma engineering honor societies.
  • Outstanding Technical Contribution award Texas Instruments Defense Systems Group 1985.
  • Sr. Member ASME, AIAA and SPIE. Member IEEE. Registered Professional Engineer.