Faculty Awards

C.T. Sunand Tom Shih present Tasos Lyrintzis with the award
Vikas Tomar
James Longuski
Stephen Heister
Lt. to Rt: Daughter-in-law Kristy, son Clifford, CT Sun, wife Iris, daughters Edna and Leslie
The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is proud to announce the following honors garnered by our outstanding faculty.

Prof. Anastasios Lyrintzis named as Associate Head of the Graduate Program for the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is the recipient of the prestigious C.T. Sun Research Award.

Head of School Professor Tom I-P. Shih announced that Professor Tasos Lyrintzis will serve as Associate Head of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, effective fall 2010.  Professor Lyrintzis is a Faculty Scholar and serves as chair of the School’s Graduate Program. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a Purdue University Faculty Scholar, an AIAA Associate Fellow, an American Society of Mechanic Engineers (ASME) Fellow, and a Boeing Welliver Fellow.

Recognized during the Outstanding Aerospace Engineering Awards on November 5th, Tasos Lyrintzis is the recipient of the C.T. Sun Research Award. This award is presented annually to an individual or a team of faculty members in the Purdue University School of Aeronautics & Astronautics to recognize high quality contributions in science and engineering. Congratulations to Tasos Lyrintzis for both honors.


Prof. Vikas Tomar has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Materials Science and Engineering C Young Researcher Award and is the recipient of the ASME Materials Division 2010 ORR Award

The Elsevier and Materials Science and Engineering C Young Researcher Award recognizes research excellence in experimental and theoretical topics at the interface of the biological sciences and materials engineering by individuals who are thirty-five years old or younger. The award was presented to Prof. Tomar in a ceremony at the 2010 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting.

Prof. Vikas Tomar is also the recipient of the ASME Materials Division Orr "Early Career" Award for 2010. This Early Career Award is given by the Orr Family through the Materials Division of the ASME to recognize early career research excellence in the general area of Failure of Materials, with particular emphasis on experimental, computational, and/or theoretical aspects of fatigue, fracture, or creep. Any researcher within 5 years of terminal degree and working in experimental, computational, and/or theoretical aspects of fatigue, fracture, or creep can be considered for the Materials Division Orr Early Career Award. Prof. Tomar will receive his award at the Materials Division Reception at the annual ASME IMECE meeting in 2011

Congratulations to Vikas Tomar on both awards.


Prof. James Longuski receives the W. A. Gustafson Award

Presented annually to an Outstanding Teacher in the Purdue University School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, selected by the juniors and seniors of the student body for excellence in teaching and made possible by the interest and generosity of friends and alumni of the school.

Congratulations to Prof. James Longuski for this honor. Prof. Kathleen Howell and Prof. Art Frazho were close runners at 2nd and 3rd respectively.


Prof. Stephen Heister appointed as Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Technology Integration

The Purdue University Board of Trustees on October 15 ratified the appointments of Stephen D. Heister as the Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professor for Engineering and Technology Integration. Heister has been on the Purdue faculty since 1990 and his research interests are in aerospace propulsion systems, including both airbreathing and rocket propulsion applications.

In 2003 he helped form the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center in High Mach Propulsion and has been its director since that date. He also has been an active researcher at Purdue's Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratory in both gas turbine and rocket propulsion areas. He has also been a University Faculty Scholar.

He received his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and his master's degree in 1981 and 1983, respectively, at the University of Michigan. He received his doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1988. Congratulations to Prof. Stephen Heister on this honor.


Prof. C.T. Sun receives Merit Award from the University of Northwestern's Alumni Association

Prof. C.T. Sun the Neil A. Armstrong Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics was honored at the Northwestern Alumni Association Alumni Awards on October 8 at the Union League Club of Chicago. Prof. Sun was the recipient of a Merit Award and was one of nineteen alumni, representing fields ranging from media to business to medical research, who were similarly honored.

Pictured above L ~ R daughter-in-law Kristy, son Clifford, CT Sun, his wife Iris, daughters-in-law Edna and Leslie.

Congratulations to Prof. Sun for this honor.