AAE Professor Skip Grandt honored by alma mater with Distinguished Alumni Award

Please join the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in congratulating Professor Grandt. The University of Illinois - MechSE Distinguished Alumni Award dates back to 1968.

The MechSE Distinguished Alumni Awards date back to 1968.The award is designed for the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering alumni who have established careers and who have served in a professional and technical capacity that give honor to the MechSE Department and the University of Illinois. The award gives special recognition to these alumni. 

Dr. Alten F. (Skip) Grandt, Jr. received his BS in General Engineering, MS and PhD from the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois in 1968, 1969 and 1971 respectively.  Professor Grandt is the Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Technology Integration at Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 
He began his career as a materials research engineer at the Air Force Materials Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where he worked for eight years.  Dr. Grandt joined the faculty of the Purdue University School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1979 and was head of the school from 1985 to 1992. 
 
He currently teaches courses in aerospace structural analysis, structural design, fatigue, and nondestructive inspection.  Dr. Grandt holds one patent, has published approximately 175 papers dealing with fatigue and fracture of aerospace materials, and has advised over 50 M.S. and Ph.D. research theses in those areas.  Skip is the author of a 540 page textbook dealing with fracture mechanics and nondestructive inspection (A. F. Grandt, Jr., Fundamentals of Structural Integrity: Damage Tolerant Design and Nondestructive Evaluation, John Wiley and Sons, 2004).  He is also co-author of a 400 page book detailing the history of the Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics (A. F. Grandt, Jr., W. A. Gustafson, and L. T. Cargnino, One Small Step: The History of Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University, 1995). 
 
Dr. Grandt is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the recipient of the United States Air Force 2000 John W. Lincoln Medal for career contributions to the field of aircraft structural integrity.  He is a lifetime member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.