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Damion Dunlap, PhD

Mechanical Engineering faculty
Dunlap, PhD
Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Teaching Professor
Holley A-211-MM
(850) 770-2204

Office Hours

  • Monday: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m
  • Wednesday: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Damion D. Dunlap received BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering in 2002, 2004, and 2011 respectively. His dissertation research developed a motion planning and control framework that enabled the solution of motion planning problems through the employment of predictive dynamic system models.

Dunlap joined the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) in 2010 where he conducted research in mine warfare and unmanned systems. He was most recently the Program Executive Office Unmanned & Small Combatants (PEO USC) Science & Technology Lead for Mine Warfare where he was heading the development and implementation of an S&T strategic plan for the PEO USC MIW future vision.

Dunlap received the 2017 NSWC PCD Command Excellence Award for Collaboration Excellence for leading the technology transition of Automatic Target Recognition to the MK-18 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle program. He also was a recipient of the 2015 and 2017 Technical Collaboration Panel (TTCP) Team Award in recognition of the significant contribution made toward improving the performance and survivability of maritime unmanned systems through the development, test and evaluation of autonomy. Dr. Dunlap was also recognized by the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering as a Rising Star Alumni in 2018, as a result of his early career accomplishments.

Dr. Dunlap joined Florida State University Panama City as Mechanical Engineering faculty in the summer of 2018 and intends to leverage his close relationships with local community and industry to help make the FSU PC Mechanical Engineering program the great success that this community deserves. Dr. Dunlap is excited to bring immersive learning experiences, student focused teaching, and hands on project-based learning to the program as well as opportunities to learn from interdisciplinary teams of scientist and engineers from the various disciples. He is continuing the educational outreach and STEM activities that he began during his Navy career and is currently the faculty advisor for the FSU PC Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) student organization. ACM is registered to compete in the 2018 Roboboat autonomous boat competition hosted by Robonation and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).