Dr. Karl U. Schultz is a Professor of Practice in The Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Industry Liaison for the Capstone eProject program within The Poly School. He brings with him over 25 years of experience in military flight operations, academic research, and the commercial sector.
Prior to joining ASU Karl served as Chief Technology Officer for Titan Industries, a small business specializing in 3D printing of titanium components for the aerospace, automotive and chemical industries.
Following his graduation from the Naval Academy, Dr. Schultz served over 13 years as a Naval Officer and helicopter pilot. During that time, he spent over four years deployed overseas in support of combat operations in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. During his shore tour, Lieutenant Schultz served as a rotary wing flight instructor and instrument instructor pilot while simultaneously returning to school to pursue his PhD. His final deployment was to New Orleans to support rescue operations following Hurrican Katrina, where his team performed over 200 rooftop rescues and moved over 200,000 lbs of food, medicine, and material. Karl and his crews personally saved the lives of 22 people during the operation.
After his resignation from active duty, Karl and his family returned to the Phoenix area. He spent over 10 years with Honeywell Aerospace, in roles from Advanced Technology, through Vice President of Aftermarket Technical Support, where he oversaw technology insertion into Field Service operations, enabling improved support and better customer outcomes at lower cost. Karl briefly served as Chief Technology Officer for MD helicopters where he led the initial trades on the MD6XX, an advanced tactical armed helicopter.
Karl currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and three boys.
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy
M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT
Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University
Dr. Schultz is the recipient of the Michael J Smith Award for Leadership, the Hertz Foundation Fellowship, and the ODU Faculty Award for Engineering. He was awarded the National Helicopter Association Aircrew of the Year award, and a semi-finalist for the Astronaut class of 2013.
Dr. Schultz currently serves on the board of directors of the Arizona Manufacturing Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to provide economic oppotunites to underserved demographics by teaching technical trades that are in-demand, high paying, and "offshore-proof."
He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Military Wellness Initiative, which is seeking to revolutionize healthcare by providing easy and "sticky" proactive solutions that promote lifelong quality of life and lower health care burden on individuals and society.