Current issueDecember 2014
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- Purdue Libraries celebrates gift of Armstrong papers
- Apollo astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin visits Dr. Longuski's AAC graduate research group
- Purdue Engineering names 2014 pre-eminent teams, School of AAE faculty members among researchers
- Professor Greg Blaisdell receives W.A. Gustafson Award for Outstanding Teaching
- 2014 Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award recipients honored by School of AAE at ceremony
- Industrial Advisory Council (IAC) meetings give input into School of AAE goals
- School of AAE Young Professional Advisory Council on campus to meet with faculty and students
- Welcome to new School of AAE faculty and staff
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Purdue Libraries celebrates gift of Armstrong papers
“Neil Armstrong epitomized in a very literal sense just how far an education could take a person. He came to Purdue with natural talent and a dream, and through hard work and a strong code of personal value, became an American icon,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “Only a few achieve such status. But he is an example to all young people to dare to dream. We’re truly grateful that his wife, Carol, chose to further honor his legacy and Purdue with these gifts. And it is fitting that Gene Cernan, another example of a Purdue Boilermaker who imagined the possibilities, is here to share in this special occasion. Neil and Gene are forever linked as Purdue alumni and the first and – for now – last people to walk on the moon.”
Neil Armstrong, a 1955 Purdue graduate of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, began donating personal papers to the Purdue Libraries’ Division of Archives and Special Collections in 2008 after carefully considering repository options, said Sammie Morris, head of the Archives and Special Collections Division and associate professor.
“Neil carefully interviewed us to be sure the papers would not sit in storage, but rather be made available for scholarly research and access to students,” Morris said. The collection is now part of the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives and is open for scholarly research.
In celebration, the Division of Archives and Special Collections has mounted the exhibit “Steps to the Moon: Selections from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers and the Eugene A. Cernan Papers.” The exhibit in the Karnes Research Center, which is on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library in Stewart Center, will be on display through Feb. 27.
“The support and generosity of Neil and Carol Armstrong and Eugene Cernan were key to the establishment of the endowment for the Flight and Space Archives and to the ongoing growth of the Flight Archives,” said Purdue Libraries Dean James L. Mullins. “Engineers, former test pilots and astronauts, and administrators have placed their papers in the Hilton Flight Archives in no small part because Neil and Gene have done so. We’ve been entrusted also because of the tremendous support for the established endowment and the high priority the university places on the preservation of these unique records of human achievement.”
Photos, top: Carol Armstrong; bottom, Eugene Cernan
To read the full article regarding the Armstrong papers, visit: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2014/Q4/purdue-libraries-celebrates-gift-of-armstrong-papers.html
Apollo astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin visits Dr. Longuski's AAC graduate research group
To learn more about Dr. Aldrin and his significant impact on space exploration and travel, visit: http://buzzaldrin.com/
More information about Dr. Longuski’s Advanced Astrodynamics Concepts research group can be found at: https://engineering.purdue.edu/AAC/
Photo (from left): Dr. James Longuski; Peter Edelman; Kaela Martin; Dr. Buzz Aldrin; Dr. Blake Rogers; Kyle Hughes; and Sarag Saikia.
Purdue Engineering names 2014 pre-eminent teams, School of AAE faculty members among researchers
The effort is part of the college's strategic growth plan that will add as many as 107 faculty members over five years. "The pre-eminent teams process helps us make informed faculty hiring decisions based on research strengths and with a focus on the potential for impact," said Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. "This approach emphasizes the power of team-based research."
It is the second annual competition, which brings the total number of teams to eight. The teams are building on strengths that are already part of the college. To become pre-eminent teams, they went through a process similar to a pitch entrepreneurs would give to venture capitalists. This year 27 teams, comprising more than 150 faculty members, participated in the competition.
The pre-eminent team led by Dr. Sergey Macheret, professor of aerodynamics in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, will focus on:
* Team 11 - Cold Plasmas: Extreme density, low-temperature plasmas for electronics, aerospace, food science and biotechnology applications. Low-temperature plasmas (LTP) are weakly ionized gases that are being extensively used in fluorescent lights and in microchip fabrication. New ways of generating and controlling LTP could lead to new applications ranging from medicine and food processing to enhancing aerodynamics and propulsion performance of existing and future airplanes. The ability of plasmas to interact with electromagnetic waves, combined with controllability and "tunability" of plasma characteristics, could enable novel radio-frequency devices.
Team #11: Cold Plasmas
Lead:Sergey Macheret, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Alina Alexeenko, Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Sally Bane, Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Timothy Fisher, James G. Dwyer Professor of Mechanical Engineering (School of AAE, by courtesy)
Allen Garner, Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering
Ahmed Hassanein, Paul L. Wattelet Professor of Nuclear Engineering & Head, School of Nuclear Engineering
Kevin Keener, Professor of Food Science
Robert Lucht, Ralph and Bettye Bailey Professor of Combustion in Mechanical Engineering (School of AAE, by courtesy)
Dimitrios Peroulis, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
To read the original story on Purdue News, visit: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2014/Q4/purdue-engineering-names-2014-pre-eminent-teams.html
Professor Greg Blaisdell receives W.A. Gustafson Award for Outstanding Teaching
Four additional faculty members were also nominated for the W.A. Gustafson Award for Outstanding Teaching, and received the next four highest numbers of votes: Professors Alina Alexeenko, Mike Sangid, Jim Longuski, and Karen Marais.
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. “Educating students is one of our most important missions,” notes Dr. Tom I-P. Shih, Professor and Head, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. “I want to thank Professor Blaisdell for the excellence in learning that he brings to the classroom.”
Professor Blaisdell received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering in 1991, and joined the School that same year. His areas of interest include Computational Fluid Mechanics, and Transition and Turbulence. The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics congratulates Dr. Blaisdell on this award, and appreciates his continued excellence and the honor that he brings to the school.
Past winners of the W.A. Gustafson Award for Outstanding Teaching include:
- 2013 - Mike Grant
- 2012 - Kathleen Howell
- 2011 - Arthur E. Frazho
- 2010 - James M. Longuski
- 2009 - Martin J. Corless
- 2007 - Dominick Andrisani
- 2006 - Arthur E. Frazho
- 2005 - James M. Longuski
- 2004 - Marc H. Williams
- 2003 - Martin J. Corless
- 2002 - Anastasios S. Lyrintzis
- 2001 - William A. Crossley
- 2000 - James M. Longuski
- 1999 - William A. Crossley
- 1998 - William A. Crossley
- 1997 - Gregory A. Blaisdell
2014 Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award recipients honored by School of AAE at ceremony
The designation "Outstanding Aerospace Engineer" recognizes the professional contributions of graduates from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and thanks them for the recognition that their success brings to Purdue and the School.
The 2014 Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award recipients are (from left):
- Mr. J. William (Bill) Uhrig, BSAAE'82
- Mr. C. Douglas (Doug) Ebersole, BSAAE'82
- Mr. Jeffrey A. Schroeder, BSAAE'84; MSAA'90
- Ms. Amy S. Hess, BSAAE'89
- Dr. John Schmisseur, Ph.D.'97
- Dr. Rakesh K. Kapania, Ph.D.'85
- Mr. Paul Petty, BSAE'53
- Ms. Tamaira E. Ross, BSAAE'96; MSAA'98
- Dr. Panagiotis Tsiotras, Ph.D.'93
Recipients are pictured with Dr. Tom Shih, Professor and Head of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics (right).
To read each OAE recipient's full biography, visit: https://engineering.purdue.edu/AAE/AboutUs/Alumni/oae/2014/index_html
Industrial Advisory Council (IAC) meetings give input into School of AAE goals
The IAC meets bi-annually, and serves an important role one of the School’s links between industry and university. Topics covered this fall included a working lunch with the department’s curriculum committee members, State of the School update including a strategic plan overview by Dr. Tom Shih, breakout sessions with faculty and students, and ATK award presentations. IAC member Mike Corso also presented a working lunch presentation with faculty members on “Rise of the Drones.”
AAE students had the opportunity to meet and interact with IAC members at a pizza and ice cream social held in the Armstrong Atrium.
More about our 2014-15 IAC Members can be found at: https://engineering.purdue.edu/AAE/AboutUs/Industry/iac/2014_2015_IAC_html
School of AAE Young Professional Advisory Council on campus to meet with faculty and students
“The alumni were chosen from various backgrounds to best cover a wide range of topics relating to aerospace careers and success in the field,” said Steven Collicott, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics who organized the YPAC. “We encouraged AAE students to take advantage of this opportunity to meet young alums working in the field of aeronautics and astronautics and learn how students can apply alums’ experiences to their own professional growth.”
2014 YPAC Members include (pictured with Professor Collicott):
Sirisha Bandla, BSAAE, 2011
Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Assistant Director
Alex Baucco, BSAAE, 2011
Rolls-Royce, Test Vehicle Engineer
Michael Bociaga, BSAAE, 2008, MSAAE, 2011
Lockheed-Martin, Design Engineer
Jonathan Braun, BSAAE, 2006, MSAAE, 2008
Lockheed-Martin, Associate Manager
Ashley Brawner, BSAAE, 2006, MSAAE, 2009
Northrop Grumman, Systems Integration and Test Manager
Dean Bryson, BSAAE, 2008, MSAAE, 2010
Air Force Research Laboratory, Research Aerospace Engineer
Mike Kowalkowski, BSAAE, 2007, MSAAE, 2009
Rolls-Royce, Design Engineer, Turbines
Tyler Lulich, MSAAE, 2010
Emergent Space Technologies, Senior Aerospace Engineer
Alan Pomp, BSAAE, 2011
Boeing, Structural Payload and Design Engineer
James Tancred, BSAAE, 2010
Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Engineer
Brandon White, BSAAE, 2008
GE Aviation, Technical Program Manager
Plans are underway for 2015 YPAC sessions.
Welcome to new School of AAE faculty and staff
The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is pleased to welcome three new faculty members:
- Prof. Dan Dumbacher - Aerospace Systems
- Dr. Carolin Frueh - Astrodynamics and Space Applications
- Dr. Sergey Macheret - Aerodynamics
And four new AAE staff members:
- Anna Bowers - Secretary IV Front Desk
Casey Hendrickson - Event Planner and
Purdue Space Day Coordinator
- Jennifer Merzdorf - Marketing and Communication Administrator
- Taylor Weast - Academic Advisor
Welcome, and best wishes for much success!
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