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- The David L. Filmer, Ph.D. and Christiane E. Keck, Ph.D. Endowment
- Professor Emeritus Winthrop (Gus) Gustafson inducted into the Purdue Co-Op Hall of Fame
- New Investigator - Young Professional Development Awards
- Recognition by Professional Organizations
- Faculty Recognition
- Former Head Dr. Bruce A. Reese visits AAE
On Behalf of The Faculty & Staff of
The School of Aeronautics & Astronautics
We send our warmest and very best wishes to you and your family
for a happy holiday season
and a wonderful new year
The David L. Filmer, Ph.D. and Christiane E. Keck, Ph.D. Endowment
The primary purpose of this fund is to provide funds to be used for tenure-track and tenured faculty working in the area of Astrodynamics and Space Applications beyond Earth Orbit and will be awarded on a rotating basis starting with the most senior member of the faculty.
Professor Emeritus Winthrop (Gus) Gustafson inducted into the Purdue Co-Op Hall of Fame
Professor Gustafson came to Purdue in fall 1960 after working for the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation’s Missiles and Space Division as an associate research scientist in the areas of aerodynamics and high-speed gas dynamics. He received a BSAE in 1950, an MSAE in 1954, and a Ph.D. in 1956, all from the University of Illinois.
In addition to teaching in the aerodynamics area, he also taught the spacecraft section of the senior design course for approx. 10 years. Professor Gustafson served two terms as interim head and was named associate head by Dr. Yang on March 28, 1980. He continued in that role with Professors Grandt and Sullivan through 1995.
He played a key administrative role within the School and also performed the duties of undergraduate counselor and co-op coordinator. All undergraduate students during this period benefited directly from the dedicated concern and attention to detail. He also had a major influence on the graduate programs as he was responsible for teaching assistant and graduate student office assignments during much of this period.
Professor Gustafson won the E.F. Bruhn Teaching Award twice in 1980 and 1998, and was presented with the Dean M. Beverly Stone Award by the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society in 1997.
He retired from his position as associate head and professor at Purdue University in June 1998 and received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon in August 1998.
The Purdue University Book of Great Teachers was dedicated in April 1999 and Professor Gustafson was selected as a former faculty member to be honored.
The W.A. Gustafson Teaching Award was established by the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1997 to honor Professor Gustafson's distinguished career of teaching and service to the school. The following faculty are recipients of this prestigious award:
- Michael Grant 2013
- Kathleen Howell 2012
- Arthur E. Frazho 2011
- James M. Longuski 2010
- Martin J. Corless 2009
- Dominick Andrisani 2007
- Arthur E. Frazho 2006
- James M. Longuski 2005
- Marc H. Williams 2004
- Martin J. Corless 2003
- Anastasios S. Lyrintzis 2002
- William A. Crossley 2001
- James M. Longuski 2000
- William A. Crossley 1999
- William A. Crossley 1998
- Gregory A. Blaisdell 1997
New Investigator - Young Professional Development Awards
Assistant Professor Karen Marais was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her project: Accidental Knowledge: Using Accidents and other Systems Engineering Failures to Inform Research and Education in Systems Engineering.
Assistant Professor Michael D. Sangid was awarded the Young Professional Development Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), Structural Materials Division (SMD)
Assistant Professor Haifeng Wang was awarded the Doctoral New Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund
These awards are one of the nation's most competitive and prestigious awards for a young faculty member.
Recognition by Professional Organizations
Associate Professor Alina Alexeenko – American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Associate Fellow
Professor Robert Lucht (By Courtesy) American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow
Associate Professor Wenbin Yu – American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow
Congratulations to Professor Bill Crossley and Professor Stephen Heister, Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professor for Engineering and Technology Integration and Director, Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories, who were honored on December 2 when they were inducted into The Great Book of Teachers.
The Book of Great Teachers is a permanent display in the west foyer of the Purdue Memorial Union. It was dedicated on April 23, 1999. The book bears the names of 316 faculty members, past and present, who have devoted their lives to excellence in teaching and scholarship. They were chosen by their students and their peers as Purdue's finest educators. The induction process takes place once every five years.
Past AAE faculty who have received this honor include:
- Professor Elmer F. Bruhn
- Professor Steven H. Collicott
- Professor Emeritus W.A. Gustafson
- Professor Kathleen C. Howell
- Professor Severino L. Koh
- Professor James M. Longuski
- Professor Paul S. Lykoudis
- Professor C.T. Sun
- Professor Henry T. Yang
Congratulations to Professor Michael Grant who is the winner of the prestigious 2013 W.A. Gustafson Award for Outstanding Teaching. As winner of this award, Professor Grant will be AAE's nominee to the university-wide Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.
The following five faculty members were also nominated and received the next five highest votes: Professors Mike Sangid, Alina Alexeenko, Karen Marais, Sally Bane, and Jim Longuski.
The recipient of this award is selected by the juniors and seniors of the AAE student body. It is made possible by the interest and generosity of friends and alumni of the school.
Professor Grant received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012 and joined the school as Assistant Professor in 2012. His area of interests include Systems Engineering, Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Guidance Design, Trajectory Optimization, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization and Mission Design.
The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics congratulates him on this honor and thanks him for his continued excellence and honor that he brings to our school.
Past winners of the W.A. Gustafson Award for Outstanding Teaching
- Kathleen Howell (2012)
- Arthur E. Frazho (2011)
- James M. Longuski (2010)
- Martin J. Corless (2009)
- Dominick Andrisani (2007)
- Arthur E. Frazho (2006)
- James M. Longuski (2005)
- Marc H. Williams (2004)
- Martin J. Corless (2003)
- Anastasios S. Lyrintzis (2002)
- William A. Crossley (2001)
- James M. Longuski (2000)
- William A. Crossley (1999)
- William A. Crossley (1998)
- Gregory A. Blaisdell (1997)
Former Head Dr. Bruce A. Reese visits AAE
Dr. Reese received a BSME from the University of New Mexico in 1944 and then served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 -1946. He earned a master’s degree in 1948 and a Ph.D. in 1953 both in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue. He joined the aero school as an assistant professor in 1949 and was promoted to associate professor in 1955 and full professor in 1958.
Dr. Reese taught a course in jet propulsion and assisted Dr. Maurice Zucrow with several research projects. When Dr. Zucrow left the aero school for a full-time position with ME, Dr. Reese accompanied him. When Dr. Zucrow retired in 1966, Dr. Reese was appointed director of the Thermal Sciences and Propulsion Center now known at the Zucrow labs, at Purdue. He later rejoined the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1973, and served as head until his retirement in 1979. He then served as Chief Scientist, Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), one of the world’s largest and most advanced aerodynamics test facilities. Dr. Reese was accompanied by his grandson, Walker Reese, who is an aero/astro student at Georgia Tech.
Photo caption L~R Dr. Tom shih, Dr. Bruce Reese, Walker Reese, Dr. Wayne Chen
Dr. Bruce Reese with Linda Flack
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