Board of Trustees honor two AAE faculty with designated professorships

Event Date: September 24, 2004

The Purdue University Board of Trustees recently (Friday, Sept. 24) approved the appointments of Kathleen C. Howell as Hsu Lo Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and R. Byron Pipes as the John L. Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering, both members of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics faculty. Please join us in congratulating Professor Howell and Professor Pipes on this recognition of professional achievement.


Howell has been teaching aeronautics and astronautics at Purdue since 1982. She is an expert on spacecraft navigation and orbital mechanics and the motion of man-made objects in space. She has designed innovative trajectories for spacecraft that have enabled some space missions and has developed techniques that help reduce the cost in fuel and design time for planetary missions with spaceships in orbits near points in the solar system where satellites can be safely placed to study the sun and facilitate communication with astronauts and vehicles on the dark side of the moon.

She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society for Engineering Education, Sigma Gamma Tau and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.

She has been a five-time recipient of the E.F. Bruhn Teaching Award from Purdue's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and received the Purdue College of Engineering's A.A. Potter Best Teacher in Engineering Award. Howell has won numerous awards from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Presidential Young Investigator Award, Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award from the Illinois-Indiana section of the American Society for Engineering Education, and the New Engineering Educator Excellence Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. She is listed in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers, was named an American Astronautical Society Fellow and one of the 50 most important women in science by Discover Magazine in 2002.

Howell earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering at Iowa State University and a master's and doctorate in aeronautical and astronautical engineering at Stanford University.

Professor Howell

Hsu Lo Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Pipes joined Purdue this semester after serving as the Goodyear Professor of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron since 2001. In his new position, he has faculty appointments in materials engineering, chemical engineering, and aeronautics and astronautics.

A member of the U.S. and Swedish National Academies of Engineering, Pipes is a pioneer in the field of composite materials processing and analysis. He is currently working on research in the application of nanotechnology to engineering disciplines including aerospace, composite materials and polymer science and engineering. He has active programs in the study of the advanced manufacturing science for composite materials. He also is engaged in the development of Internet-based collaborative research involving scientific instruments shared by research groups located in academic, corporate and government scientific centers worldwide.

He was president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1993-1998 and the provost, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware from 1985-1993.

He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, a master's degree in structural mechanics from Princeton University and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Professor Pipes

John L. Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering


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