Klopfenstein named research programs consultant for CCAD

Travis Klopfenstein has been named research programs consultant for the Center for Computer-Aided Design in the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering.

Klopfenstein, who started on October 18, will work to expand CCAD’s research in the areas of modeling, simulation, and training within the Department of Defense and industry.

“Travis brings a wealth of experience from his positions at Rockwell Collins,” says Karim Abdel-Malek, CCAD director. “With his educational background and having served in the Air Force, he will be a great asset toward increasing our reach within the US military.”

Klopfenstein spent the last 12 years at Rockwell Collins working as a programs manager and a business development manager. He was responsible for the annual pursuit and capture of Advanced Technology research programs valued over $20 million and managed multi-year, multi-million-dollar Solider System programs with a staff of over 40 engineers. 

Prior to joining Rockwell Collins, he worked in the simulation and training industry as a business development manager responsible for introducing new virtual reality simulation and training product lines to domestic and international customers.

Klopfenstein is a veteran of the US Air Force with two combat deployments. He worked closely with coalition and host nation units controlling air power and providing security for establishment of peace accords in small villages throughout northeastern Afghanistan and Al Anbar province in Iraq.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Greenville College, as well as a Master of Arts degree in higher education administration from Ball State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Creighton University.