Areas of Specialization/Research:
Airport sustainability practices
Aeroelastic modeling effects
Ed.D. in Applied Studies in Aviation and Space from Oklahoma State University
M.S. in Technical Teacher Education from Pittsburg State University
B.S. in Adult and Higher Education from Kansas State University
A.T. in Aviation Maintenance: Airframe and Powerplant from Kansas Technical Institute
A.S. in Liberal Arts from Riverside City College
Dr. Kenneth Bernard has been at K-State Salina since 1977. He served as department head of aeronautical technology for 19 years and built the department from a two-year airframe and powerplant certificate program to a four-year bachelor's degree program in FAA approved FAR 141 professional pilot, and FAR 147 aviation maintenance and avionics. He holds ratings for airline transport, multi-engine, single-engine, helicopter, instrument, airframe and powerplant, and is a certified flight instructor.
He is a member of many professional organizations including University Aviation Association's board of trustees, the Aircraft Technical Education Counsel, the National Association of Flight Instructors, the Kansas Pilots Association, the Governor’s Aviation Advisory Committee, Civil Air Patrol, and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association. He has served as an adjunct faculty for the Army's prestigious Command and General Staff College as well as Tuskegee University. He has been active in the Kansas Army National Guard for 25 years, which included serving as commander of a UH60 helicopter battalion.
Bernard has received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the American Spirit Honor Medal. He has been honored with the William Weatley Award for Teaching Excellence, the Marchbanks Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, the Kansas Governor’s Aviation Honor Award, and was named a Wakonse Fellow. He has received the Academic Advisor of the Year Award from K-State Salina and was awarded the certificate of Flight Advisor from the Experimental Aircraft Association.
He is the principal investigator of a $125,510 subcontract of a 3-year, $1,510,255 NASA EPSCoR grant and in 2008 was one of three principal investigators awarded a $1.2 million multi-discipline Target of Excellence grant involving aircraft cabin air filtration research.
In 1992 he was principal investigator for a $7.7 million Department of Defense grant that boosted K-State at Salina to one of the best equipped aviation programs in the nation. In 1995, he received the Kansas Governor's Aviation Honor Award. The award recognized Barnard's contributions to aviation including directing a joint program between the college and British Aerospace International Airline Pilot Training Program and helping the college become the first program in the world certified by both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority.
He presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition in 2008 and was selected as one of the 1,000 researchers worldwide trained by Al Gore as a climate change presenter at the Al Gore’s Climate Project Center with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.