Kingsley Fregene

Kingsley Fregene

Kingsley Fregene, principal research scientist for Lockheed Martin, discusses how he turned his observations of the natural world into practical applications for designing and engineering aircraft.


5 - 12


Engineering, Physics

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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.

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Last Updated

September 27, 2022

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