The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics honored Professor Emeritus George Palmer as the designer of The Boeing Wind Tunnel on Friday, September 25th at the Aerospace Sciences Laboratory located at the Purdue Airport.
For well over 40 years, Prof. George Palmer worked tirelessly to design and create the wind tunnel program that Purdue is known for today. His efforts, along with his students and colleagues have positioned Purdue as one of the premier higher educational institutions in the world for wind tunnel testing. Professor Palmer impacted the lives of thousands of students during his tenure at Purdue with the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Many people joined in this special event for Professor Palmer and his family. The word was spread to alumni and friends who worked with him at Purdue and numerous people had sent in photos and fond remembrances of their time at Purdue with George and the wind tunnel. These photos and letters were put on display.
During the ceremony, Prof. John Sullivan read out some letters and emails that had come in to honor George who was very moved by the comments. Each letter commented on his dedication and determination to succeed.
During the dedication for the Wind Tunnel, a donation to Professor Palmer was made by William Uhrig (BSAAU 1982) & Anastasia Vournas for use in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Consequently, George and Patricia Palmer have created the George & Patricia Palmer Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment which will be for a Presidential & Trustee Scholarship-eligible Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering student and the George & Patricia Palmer Design Teaching Award which is intended for graduate teaching assistants for students in Aerospace Systems Design.
The two endowments are created to encourage additional donations from AAE alumni and friends and George and Patricia Palmer invite you to help build this endowment by contacting Diane Klassen, Director of Development, School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos from L~R John Sullivan with George Palmer and the official dedication board, collages of photos from past students and George in the early years of the subsonic wind tunnel!
More photos of the event can be found at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics web site: