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- One Small Step 2nd Edition now published
- Former AAE Head Harold M. DeGroff Jr., 90 died Oct. 12, 2010
- Neil Armstrong presented 'Hero of the Hudson' with medal
- Honoring George Palmer with two Endowments.
- Outstanding Aerospace Engineers Award 2010
- Faculty Awards
- Alumni Event in Los Angeles
- Purdue visits Sikorsky Aircraft
- Charles Rolls and Henry Royce Purdue Memorial Lecture Series
- 2010 William E. Boeing Distinguished Lecture
- Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program
Happy Holidays from AAE!
It's finals week and there is snow on the ground here in West Lafayette. December Graduation is only a few days away. The past 6 months have been full of travel and Dr. Shih and I have enjoyed traveling and visiting with all of our wonderful AAE alumni.
This fall has been very busy with alumni returning for football games, the Charles Rolls and Henry Royce Memorial Lecture, the William E. Boeing Distinguished Lecture, the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Awards, and the amazing President's Council Weekend with Profs. Collicott and Schneider giving presentations at 'Back To Class' lectures and Dr. Neil Armstrong presenting the Neil Armstrong Medal of Excellence to "Sully" Sullenberger.
Looking forward, we have National Engineers Week Feb. 21-27, Mollenkopf Weekend in Naples, Fl on Feb. 11-13, and alumni events in the works for Naples, FL, Phoenix, AZ and Seattle, WA.
If you plan to visit campus, please let us know. We would be pleased to provide a tour of Armstrong Hall and Dr. Tom Shih, Head of our School, would be delighted to talk with you as well. Thank you for your continued generosity to the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Your continued support helps the school achieve its mission of providing the best aerospace engineering degree available.
You can contact me at (765) 494-9124 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish you all Happy Holidays and hope you have a wonderful New Year!
Hail Purdue!Diane Klassen
Director of Development
One Small Step 2nd Edition now published
The first edition of this book was published in 1995, at the time of the School’s 50th anniversary. This corrected and expanded second edition brings the School’s illustrious history up-to-date, and looks to Purdue’s future in the sky and in space. If you are a graduate of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, then, you too play a role in our history and will be inlcuded in this book (up to July 2010).
This is a fascinating book which charts the School's history and the people who made such an impact on both the school and Purdue. It is estimated that Purdue has awarded 6% of all BS degrees in aerospace engineering, and 7% of all PhDs in the United States during the past 65 years. The University’s alumni have led significant advances in research and development of aerospace technology, have headed major aerospace corporations and government agencies, and have established an amazing record for exploration of space. More than one third of all US manned space flights have had at least one crew member who was a Purdue engineering graduate (including the first and last men to step foot on the moon).
Pictured L~R Skip Grandt, Larry Cargnino and Gus Gustafson
Details of how to order this book can be found on the link below.
Former AAE Head Harold M. DeGroff Jr., 90 died Oct. 12, 2010
A former naval officer, he attended Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and California Institute of Technology, where he earned his doctorate in aeronautics and mathematics.
A longtime Purdue University faculty member, he was head the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 1955 – 1963 during the height of the "space race," counting Neil Armstrong and other renowned NASA astronauts as his students. He also served on the faculty of Purdue's Krannert School of Management, was president of Midwest Applied Science Corporation, a pioneer tenant of Purdue's Research Park, and served as vice president of Design & Manufacturing Corporation in Connersville.
An Endowed scholarship was recently established at Purdue in his name for students in management or aeronautical engineering who are earning a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
DeGroff was an avid student of history, music and art and an active civic volunteer. He and Sally were dedicated members of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, which named him a Lifetime member in 2008. He was particularly fond and supportive of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and followed the glaucoma research being conducted by the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology with great interest and gratitude. Hal and Sally traveled widely and loved nothing more than retracing the steps of the Lewis and Clark expedition, exploring far-flung destinations or retreating to their "home away from home" in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
His greatest pleasures, however, were found at home, where he relished time with family, his Labrador Retrievers, Depression-era tractor and garden. He was never without a project and loved Christmas mornings and holiday dinners with Sally, his loving children Tom DeGroff (Ann), Katie Marlowe, Joe DeGroff (Debbie), Mary Barnett (Marty) and Judy Rinehart (Jerry) and grandchildren Sheila, Ashley, Erica, Ben, Jim, David, Adam, Claire, Will, Molly and Whitney.
Neil Armstrong presented 'Hero of the Hudson' with medal
Neil Armstrong, BSAE’55 returned to present the medal at a dinner that was part of the annual President's Council Weekend. The Neil Armstrong Medal of Excellence recognizes individuals who have embodied the same pioneer spirit, determination and dedication that distinguished Neil Armstrong's exploration of space and his later roles as a businessman and scholar.
"We are honored to present this medal to Sully Sullenberger, whose skill, composure and courage in the face of a singular challenge saved the lives of everyone aboard that US Airways Airbus," said Purdue President France A. Córdova. "The poise and dignity he displayed in receiving the international acclaim that has followed set him apart as a true American hero."
The Armstrong Medal is given at the discretion of the Purdue Board of Trustees. The final recommendations are subject to review and approval by Armstrong prior to being submitted to the president.
Just after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport on Jan. 15, 2009, a flock of geese took out both engines on Sullenberger’s US Airways airliner. He told his passengers to brace for a hard landing and then set the plane down safely on the Hudson River. With the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, he stayed on board until all 155 passengers and crew were safely off the plane.
A native of rural Texas who learned to fly as a teenager, Sullenberger received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy in June 1973. Within weeks he was at Purdue taking summer classes to complete his master's degree work.
Earlier at a Back to Class lunch for the President's Council, Sullenberger received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Liberal Arts, where he earned his master's degree in industrial psychology in 1973.
In his recent book, Sullenberger said that his study at Purdue prepared him well for the challenges he would face. He says industrial psychology (human factors) is "a discipline focused on designing machines that take into account human abilities as well as human limitations. How do humans act and react? What can humans do and what can't they do? How should machines be designed so people can use them more effectively?
"At Purdue, I studied how machines and systems should be designed. How do engineers create cockpit configurations and instrument-panel layouts taking into account where pilots might place their hands or where eyes might focus, or what items might be a distraction? I believed learning these things could have applications for me down the road, and I was right.
"In my later years, as I focused on airline safety issues, I realized how much my formal education allowed me to view the world in ways that helped me set priorities, so I understood the why as well as the how."
Sullenberger has retired from US Airways.
Armstrong received a bachelor's degree from Purdue in aeronautical engineering in 1955 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from Purdue in 1970. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 11.
Honoring George Palmer with two Endowments.
Those of you who were students of Prof. George Palmer will be receiving details in the mail of the two Endowments and how you can help. Alumni and friends support is the key for a successful effort to honor George Palmer's lasting legacy and the profound impact he had on Purdue's campus.
J. William Uhrig and Anastasia Vournas have generously funded a Challenge Match for both Endowments. Any donation made will be divided between the two awards and will be matched in full.
Donations from the Bronze level of $500 upwards, in combination with the match funds, entitles the donor to be a member of the President’s Council (Membership is for donors of $1000 or more) and a plaque which commemorates all gift levels will be on display on the 3rd floor of Armstrong Hall.
Full details about these Endowments will be in the upcoming mailing. For more details, please contact Director of Development, Diane Klassen on (765) 494-9124 on email@example.com
Outstanding Aerospace Engineers Award 2010
Criteria for the award state that recipients must have demonstrated excellence in industry, academia, governmental service or other endeavors that reflects the value of an aerospace engineering degree. This celebration gives us a special opportunity to have our students interact with the best possible role models.
“The Purdue University 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," said Tom Shih, School head.
This year's recipients were:
Douglas L. Bowers, BSAAE'72 - Technical Director, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Mark A. Burgess, BSAAE'78, MSAAE'79 - Chief Engineer, Boeing Research & Technology/Engineering Operations & Technology
Joel C. Gentz, BSAAE'07 (posthumously) - First Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force
James R. Miller, BSAAE'86 - Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Google, Inc.
Leo Millstein, BSAAE'70 - Chief Counsel, BAE Systems, Technology Solutions & Services Inc.
Jamie Renna, BSAAE'86 - Vice President, Engineering Safety, Test and Evaluation, Sikorsky Aircraft
Matthew P. Szolwinski, BSAAE'93, MSAAE'95, Ph.D'98 - Chief Engineer and Manager, GEnx Systems Engineering, GE Aviation
Photos L~R Professor Emeritus 'Gus' Gustafson, Larry Cargino and George Palmer, Dr. Allen S. Novick OAE'06, Dr. Matthew Szolwinski, Mark Burgess, Leo Millstein, James Miller, Kathryn Gentz - widow of Joel Gentz, Douglas Bowers, Dr. Tom Shih, Jamie Renna, John Rich OAE'01, Ronnie Miller OAE' 03 and Andrew Simo OAE'07.
More details about each individual can be found on the link below.
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.
Alumni Event in Los Angeles
The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics were delighted to host an alumni reception in California in August with head of school Dr Tom Shih and director of development Diane Klassen on hand to bring a small piece of Purdue to California.
The evening was a huge success with many alumni meeting up and networking. Dr. Shih also provided an update on the current events connected with the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University.
Attending the event were: Randy and Glenda Secor; Matt and Sarah Baldwin (newly graduated and newly married) James Eckstein and Emily Henricks, Cory Arendt; Sheryl Fine; Nancy Anderson; Charles May; Dale Smith; Walter and Roberta Reddall III; Andrew and Monika King; Dave Schweikle; Derek Hazen; Tom and Sue Graham; Rudy Dettwyler; Kay Greenfield; Marvin Schienberg; Jerry Lockenour; Les and Roberta Hromas; John Tsohas; N. Belakovshi; John Rich; Robert and Mary Tatro; and Heiko and Paige Wiedmann
At a second event, Terry and Marianne Murphy with their two daughters, Megan and Colleen very graciously hosted a dinner at their lovely home at West Lake Village. The guests included, Sunil and Pravina Mehrotra, John and Roberta Gleiter, Tim and Mariann Harmon and Arthur and Barbara Weiss, Jim and Hydee Sharvin, director of development Diane Klassen and head of school Dr Tom Shih.
Purdue visits Sikorsky Aircraft
Jamie Renna, Vice President - Engineering Safety, Test and Evaluation hosted a reception in early November for head of school Dr Tom Shih and Purdue alumni Sikorsky employees. Bob Flemming, BSAAE'67 and Kevin Ohrenberger, BSAAE'79 are pictured with Tom and Diane in Igor Sikorsky's office. (pictured above right)
Jamie Renna graduated from Purdue with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 1986. He went on to earn his master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991. He was a recipient of the prestigious Purdue Outstanding Aerospace Engineers Award presented on November 5th, 2010.
Renna is responsible for conducting required design validation tests for all Sikorsky Aircraft products. He also is in charge of developing and qualifying new and derivative helicopters and systems. He is a member of the American Helicopter Society and Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Industrial Advisory Council.
Pictured above left - Renna presented Dr Shih with a model of a Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. This helicopter is now displayed on the 3rd floor in Armstrong Hall.
Charles Rolls and Henry Royce Purdue Memorial Lecture Series
Henne began his aerospace career in 1969 at McDonnell Douglas, where he managed several advanced programs in aerodynamics and acoustics for both military and commercial aircraft. Known for his work in advanced aerodynamic technology, he was responsible for the aerodynamic design of the wing on the C-17 -- considered the most versatile aircraft in airlift history and winner of the 1994 Collier Trophy for aeronautical achievement. Henne later served as Chief Design Engineer for the MD-80 aircraft. In 1991, he became Vice President and General Manager of the MD-90 Program at McDonnell Douglas’ Long Beach Douglas Aircraft facility, where he oversaw the aircraft’s complete development and certification process.
Joining Gulfstream in 1994, Henne is credited with the design, development, test and certification of the Gulfstream V aircraft -- which was awarded the 1997 Collier Trophy. Henne became a Vice President of General Dynamics in July 1999 when the company acquired Gulfstream . As Senior Vice President, Programs, Engineering and Test, he is responsible for Gulfstream’s product program management, engineering, and flight operations. His organization was responsible for the development of the Gulfstream 550 – which was recognized with the Collier Trophy in 2003.
Henne earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering with highest undergraduate honors from the University of Illinois in 1969 and a master’s degree in engineering from California State University at Long Beach in 1974. He is a member of the Innovation Leadership Advisory Board (ILAB) at the University Of Illinois College Of Engineering and of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation Board of Trustees. Henne is a Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. His awards include the AIAA Engineer of the Year Award in 1996 and the AIAA Hap Arnold Award in 2001 for excellence in aeronautical program management. He has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004. In 2005 the University of Illinois recognized Henne with the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.
A reception following the lecture was held following the lecture.
2010 William E. Boeing Distinguished Lecture
Boeing continues to help our aeronautical students receive practical "hands-on" experience which provide such an important part of our students' academic program. To express our gratitude to The Boeing Company for its generosity over the years and to honor the memory of its founder, Purdue University established the William E. Boeing Distinguished Lecture Series.
Administered through the School of Aeronautics & Astronautics the first lecture took place on September 30, 1999 and the series features an internationally-known speaker from the aerospace or air transportation industry.
The 2010 lecture entitled “Our Nation’s Future in Space” took place on September 7at Fowler Hall, Stewart Center and featured Maj. General Charles F. Bolden Jr. who was named NASA’s 12th Administrator in July 2009. As an astronaut, he flew four Space Shuttle missions, two as commander, from 1986 to 1994, including deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S-Russian Space Shuttle mission. Bolden was named to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2006.
During his visit, General Bolden visited the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering and met with the participants of a poster session and 4th and 5th grade students who were taking part in an activity put on by FIRST Robotics. Poster participants from AAE included were Prof. Stephen Collicott, Prof. Kathleen Howell, Prof. Wayne Chen and Professor by Courtesy H. Jay Melosh, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Physics.
He later met Prof. Stephen Heister and Prof. Bill Anderson the Zucrow lab for a tour of the facilities and a tour of the Aerospace Sciences lab by Prof. Steven Schneider.
Dr. Tom Shih introduced Purdue president Dr. France Córdova who gracously introduced her former colleague Gen. Bolden at the start of the lecture which was broadcast live via webcast on the College of Engineering web page.
Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program
The team’s experiment is titled “Scaling of Diaphragm Tank Models and Dynamics in Low Gravity.” The students seek to verify the suitability of a dimensionless stiffness parameter, derived from their analysis, as a dependable method for use in both experiment design and spaceflight propellant system design. With a verified stiffness parameter, proper scaling of spacecraft propellant tanks with elastomeric diaphragms to create experiments which will dependably function independent of the intrinsically imperfect environment of the zero-gravity parabolic aircraft flights will be feasible. The analysis and dimensionless parameter will also be reliable tools for quantitative design of these propellant systems for operating optimally during spacecraft docking or pointing maneuvers.
The team of Paul Frakes, Dan Kolenz, Mike McCarthy, David Lynch, Sirisha Bandla, Raj Dua, Austin Hasse, Matthew Hill, and Zachary Richardson is Purdue’s 45th successful team in NASA’s RGSFOP since the program began in 1996. Purdue undergraduate students have made Purdue the leader in participation in this competitive prestigious national program. The team has worked since August in experiment design, spacecraft propellant system details, K-12 outreach, proposal writing, and fabrication of prototypes to show the feasibility of the unique parts of the proposed experiment construction techniques.
Alums and friends of AAE should look for announcement of a casual get-together for dinner or snacks in the south-eastern Houston area in early June. This will be a chance to meet the team and socialize with fellow AAE alums and friends in the Houston area.
L~R David Lynch, Mike McCarthy, Austin Hasse, Dan Kolenz, Zachary Richardson, Sirisha Bandla, Matthew Hill, Rajat Dua, not pictured Paul Frakes
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