AAE Alum receives Flight International's Boeing-sponsored Engineering Student of the Year Award

Jim Gregory, Boeing Engineering Student of the Year
Jim Gregory, a post-gradute at Purdue University, has won the engineering student of the year award.

Jim won the engineering student of the year award at Flight International's new Aviation Excellence Awards, held during Asian Aerospace 2006 in Singapore. The new award category is designed to promote aerospace engineering as a profession and is aimed at full- or part-time engineering students enrolled in educational programs leading to a recognized academic degree such as B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. Entries are judged on their impact, or potential for impact, on current or future aeronautical or space technology.

The Boeing Integrated Defense Systems-sponsored award recognizes Gregory's development of a new testing technique for rapidly changing pressure through a porous pressure-sensitive paint and a new piezo-fluidic actuator.

PSP is used to measure unsteady surface pressure in turbomachinery. Its advantages include global pressure measurements, fast response time and instrumentation of thin turbomachinery components that are otherwise difficult to instrument. PSP provides unique insight into unsteady problems that have been impossible to evaluate with point-measurement method.

The piezo-fludic actuator is a variable-frequency fluidic oscillator driven by piezoelectric devices. The actuator will provide substantial weight reduction while maintaining superior turning performance through jet thrust vectoring. Both innovations have been published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

"Jim represents our engineering work force of the future," said John Tracy, vice president, Integrated Defense Systems Engineering. "It is imperative that we continue to identify opportunities to promote aerospace engineering among university students."

Gregory said his penchant for aviation began at the age of five, when his uncle took him for an airplane ride. "I was hooked and totally fascinated," said Gregory. "Then in junior high I discovered I was good at math and realized I could combine the love of aviation and the ability to do math and get into aerospace engineering."

Gregory followed his passion and recently received his doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University in Indiana. He is currently in a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

"I am really honored and humbled at my selection for this award," said Gregory. "It is an exciting opportunity and it represents all that is great about the aerospace industry and engineering." Gregory was presented the award by IDS executive John Sams during a gala at the Raffle Hotel.