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- Head of NASA Space Operations Honored With National Space Trophy
- Honorary Industry Professor Dr. Allen S. Novick BSAE'65; MSAE'67; PhD'72; DEA'06; OAE'06
- Distinguished Engineering Alumni 2010
- Prof. Kathleen Howell recognized with the Leadership Award in the College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence
- Professor and Head of School of AAE Awarded Distinguished Engineering Educator Award
- Faculty Courtesy Appointments
- Purdue Hybrid Rocket Project wins AIAA Best Paper Award
- The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is now on Facebook
- Earhart exhibit showcases world's largest display on pioneer aviator
- Class Notes
Greetings from Purdue!
Change is in the air at Purdue. The Board of Trustees has ratified the appointment of Timothy D. Sands as the university's next executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. Sands will take up the new appointment on April 1st. He is the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering in the schools of Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center. Sands will succeed Randy Woodson, who will become chancellor of North Carolina State University.
In AAE we have started a Facebook page and we invite you to join us and keep up on events using this popular social networking tool. Details on joining our Facebook page can be found later in this Aeroliner. We already have over 600 fans!! Follow us on Facebook!
With only four more Shuttle launches, we are collecting stories on the Space Shuttle from our alumni and friends for an article to be published in the next Aerogram. You can send us your stories for "Space Shuttle - First to Last" by joining us on Facebook and adding to the blog or sending an email to the AAE-Alumni email. See the article in this newsletter for more information
The School of Aeronautics & Astronautics is preparing to weather budget cuts here at Purdue, as the State of Indiana reduces the Funds Education. We appreciate the generosity of our donors more than ever in these difficult economic times. Thanks for all of the wonderful financial support your give us now and have given us over the years.
Please do not hesitate to contact me and let me know any changes or happenings in your life or career. If you plan to visit campus, please let us know. We would be pleased to provide a tour of Armstrong Hall. 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.
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Director of Development
Head of NASA Space Operations Honored With National Space Trophy
The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation. Each year, the foundation presents the trophy to an outstanding American who has made major contributions to our nation's space program. Previous awardees include former NASA Administrator Dan Goldin; NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong; Apollo 11 Flight Director Gene Kranz and President George H.W. Bush.
Since 2005, Gerstenmaier has been responsible for overseeing the International Space Station and Space Shuttle programs, space communications and space launch vehicles.
Lesa B. Roe, director of NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia, former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin, NASA Johnson Space Center Director Mike Coats, and RNASA Advisor and Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt nominated Gerstenmaier for the National Space Trophy.
"Gerstenmaier's career achievements and personal initiatives have had a direct impact on the current U.S. human space flight program, the international community, and residents of planet Earth," said Roe. "His efforts will continue to shape the future of space exploration for many years to come."
Griffin said, "It was my honor to work with Bill for four years. Quite simply, Bill Gerstenmaier is regarded as the ultimate authority on the space shuttle and International Space Station. When he says something, people listen, and they know that what he says is true."
Coats added, "Bill's impact in the space community is unparalleled. He has literally guided an international group of thousands of individuals in many countries in furthering human space flight and assuring a continued human presence in space. The partnerships we currently enjoy with our international partners for the ISS are largely due to Bill's tremendous efforts and diligence."
Gerstenmaier will formally be recognized at a RNASA gala on April 30. The seven-foot, 500-pound lead crystal trophy is on display at Space Center Houston.
Honorary Industry Professor Dr. Allen S. Novick BSAE'65; MSAE'67; PhD'72; DEA'06; OAE'06
This position is intended for a renowned Aerospace Industry individual to principally function in a support and guidance position for the School’s strategic and development activities.
Dr. Novick most recently served as Vice-President Marketing Intelligence & Support, Rolls Royce Corporation until his retirement in 2009. He joined the Allison Division of General Motors (now Rolls Royce) in 1972 after receiving his bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University.
He progressed through many noteworthy challenging assignments and promotions including engineering research and technology, preliminary design, advanced engine development, program management, business development, commercial business, customer operations, supply chain management and marketing intelligence. Novick was also responsible for leading Allison Division into the commercial aircraft engine business. Also, he was leader and co-founder, with Professor John Sullivan, of the Indiana Advanced Aerospace Manufacturing Alliance.
Novick has been the recipient of many prestigious awards in his career. In 2006, Purdue University honored Novick with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award and the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics honored him with the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award.
He has also received many honors and awards from the aerospace industry which include:
- Collier Award - Part of team that won the prestigious Collier Trophy for the PropFan
- “Laurels” – Aviation Week and Space Technology, 1987 - for industry leadership in PropFan technology, culminating in Allison’s first Collier Award and subsequently involved in four Collier Award programs
- Air Breathing Propulsion Award – AIAA, 1999 - for his leadership in designing, developing and producing the AE Engine family, the world’s only turboshaft, turboprop, and turbofan engine utilizing a common core for civil and military applications
- Best Paper of the Year Award – ASME
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Nominated by Regional Airline World - 2004
- Philip J. Klass Award for Lifetime Achievement, Nominated by Aviation Week - 2007
- Indiana General Assembly House Resolution No. 18 for Service to the State and Outstanding Accomplishments - 2009
- “Distinguished Hoosier” Honored by Indiana Governor Daniels - 2009.
Dr. Novick’s professional service includes:
- Member of General Aviation Manufacturers Association Board of Governors and Chairman of the Association’s Technical Policy Committee
- Founding Member and Chairman, Associate Member Council of the Regional Airlines Association.
- Member of Advisory Boards of Indiana Defense Asset Program and Indiana Advanced Manufacturing Education Collaboration
- AIAA Associate Fellow
Dr Novick has authored numerous publications involving numerical analyses, unsteady flow, combustor design, gear system technology, advanced engines and recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Best Paper of the Year Award.
The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Head, faculty and staff look forward to working with Dr. Novick in matters relevant to an industry perspective regarding the future direction of the aeronautical and astronautical engineering profession, economic development and alumni development. Dr. Novick’s expertise and commitment to the aerospace industry will help further the Mission of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics to new heights.
Distinguished Engineering Alumni 2010
In recognition of his technical and managerial leadership in the military aerospace industry, Darryl E. Davis has been awarded the 2010 Distinguished Engineering Award.
The Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award is presented to engineering alumni/ae who have distinguished themselves in any field of endeavor that reflects favorably on Purdue University, the engineering profession, or society in general.
The accomplishments of DEA's can be in sectors such as industry, academia and/or government. In the case of alumni/ae who are engaged in engineering work, their record of accomplishments should indicate a high potential for future growth into positions of increasing responsibility.
This year marks the 47th annual event and Purdue now has a total of 462 DEA's which is a very selective company as Purdue University has in excess of 83,000 living engineering alumni. The School of Aeronautics held a reception for Mr. Davis on the 3rd floor of Armstrong Hall on Feb 19th. Pctured above is Mr Davis with Professor Emeritus George Palmer and head of school Professor Tom Shih.
Please see the link below for more details of Mr. Davis's career highlights.
Prof. Kathleen Howell recognized with the Leadership Award in the College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence
Nominated by Prof and Head of School Tom Shih, Prof. Kathleen Howell has been recognized with the Leadership Award for 2010.
The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in faculty leadership that promotes a culture of improving the climate and environment for other faculty, staff, and students and that value and promotes diversity and inclusiveness in the College of Engineering.
Congratulations to Prof Howell who will be honored during the eighth annual recognition banquet on Saturday, April 24, 2010
Professor and Head of School of AAE Awarded Distinguished Engineering Educator Award
The award was given at their 55th Annual Awards and Honors Banquet held on Feb 20, 2010 with keynote speaker Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr. President Aircraft Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.
The Distinguished Engineering Educator Award is made to individuals who are outstanding in professional qualities and have a top reputation for engineering education and leadership. Nominees include individuals who have significantly contributed to students' extracurricular engineering activities, and/or to scientific achievements with respect to industry applications.
Dr Shih is pictured at the award ceremony with Tom Cassidy (center: President of General Atomic Aeronautical Company) and Frank Cappuccio (right: Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Skunk Works)
Faculty Courtesy Appointments
Dr Jay Melosh is on faculty in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the Department of Physics and is one of the world's foremost authorities on asteroid impacts. One of his works was recently highlighted on the National Geographic Channel's Naked Science Series on February 18th and the program showed the testing of the effect of solar rays on asteroids. His proposal is to divert an asteroid using solar mirrors in space.
Dr Melosh also co-authored a paper published on March 5 issue of Science which finds further evidence an asteroid that crashed into the Earth 65 million years ago caused the mass extinction that ended the age of the dinosaurs. More information can be found at the link below.
Dr. Bob Lucht is the Ralph and Bettye Bailey Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. His research activities center on the development and application of advanced laser diagnostic techniques for probing gas phase media such as flames and nonreacting fluid flows. His research program has a spectrum of projects ranging from fundamental research on the physics of emerging laser techniques to application of laser diagnostics in practical combustion devices such as gas turbine combustors.
Present research activities include a fundamental study of the physics of polarization spectroscopy and electronic-resonance-enhanced coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS), an investigation of femtosecond CARS for real-time temperature and species measurements at data rates in excess of 1 kHz, dual-pump CARS measurements in a gas turbine combustor, and development of diode-laser-based sensors for ultraviolet and mid-infrared absorption measurements. Prof. Lucht has authored or co-authored over 120 refereed articles in archival journals. In 1998 he was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and in 2000 was elected as an Associate Fellow of the AIAA. In 2006 he received the Discovery in ME Award from Purdue. In 2008 he received the AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award.
Purdue Hybrid Rocket Project wins AIAA Best Paper Award
The team consited of Dr. John Tsohas – Project Lead
Mr. Brad Appel
Mr. Andrew Rettenmaier
Mr. Mike Walker
Dr. Stephen D. Heister
The certificate will be given at the awards luncheon on Wednesday, 28 July 2010, during the AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, 25 - 28 July 2010, at the Nashville Convention Center & Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, TN.
The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is developing a hybrid rocket technology demonstrator to serve as a test bed for technologies critical to the development of vehicles capable of delivering microgravity experiments to altitudes exceeding 100 km.
These technologies will be demonstrated sequentially over a series of test flights which will allow the designers to validate each of these sub-systems before adding more complexity, risk and features to the technology demonstrator. The group has designed, manufactured and tested three different hybrid rocket motors in over 40 hot-fire tests at the Purdue Zucrow rocket laboratories.
The first generation hybrid flight-vehicle was successfully launched and reached an altitude of 6,100 ft and Mach 0.6 in June 2009, making an important step towards flight operations for this series of hybrid rocket technology demonstrators.
This Purdue hybrid sounding rocket has been the largest hydrogen-peroxide hybrid rocket launched to date. A second generation (GEN II), high propellant mass fraction flight-vehicle is currently being developed for supersonic flights to altitudes exceeding 30,000 ft and Mach 2.
The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is now on Facebook
Purdue in Space
The Shuttle program was formally launched on January 5th, 1972 when NASA announced it would proceed with the development of a reusable Space Shuttle System. The first flight - Columbia - took place on April 12th 1981, the 20th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's space-flight.
Many Purdue astronaut alumni have served on Shuttle missions - missions made possible by thousands of Purdue engineers who have played a major part in the success of the STS program. With only four launches left, the Space Shuttle Orbiter is retiring this year and we want to hear from astronauts, faculty, alumni, students, interns or friends of AAE who have had any type of connection with the STS missions.
This could include, anecdotes, stories, launches you have seen, journeys to see a launch, long days, even longer nights - we want to hear them all. Tell us your stories and any other experiences you have had and we will compile them for an article to be published in the August edition of the AeroGram newsletter. The deadline for this article is May 24th but keep the stories coming even if you miss this date.
You can log onto Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Facebook page at the link below or from the Facebook logo, become a Fan and add your story under the "Discussions" page or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include or upload any photos you may have. We have posted a YouTube video on both the AAE Facebook page and on the AAE website. Sent in by Joe Cassady BSAAE'81; MSAAE'83 to Prof. Stephen Heister, it shows Purdue Aerospace Engineers at that first launch in 1981. It features Eric Ohmit BSAAE'81 at 1:50.
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Earhart exhibit showcases world's largest display on pioneer aviator
"Amelia Earhart: The Aviator, the Advocate, and the Icon" opened Monday March 1 and will be shown through May 28 in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library in Stewart Center. The display is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday.
Earhart worked at Purdue from 1935-1937 as a career counselor for women students and an adviser to the Department of Aeronautics. While at the university, she lived on campus in what is now known as Duhme Hall in the Windsor Court complex. She met formally and informally with students, seldom speaking about her achievements in aviation, but instead focusing on vocational aptitudes, goals and careers for women. At a time when opportunities for women were limited and most studied home economics at Purdue, Earhart said all people - men and women - could be whatever they wanted to be.
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Charles R. Reid (BSAE’49) Carmel, IN, joined Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith as vice president of global wealth management
Jamie Renna (BSAAE’86) Member of the AAE Industrial Advisory Councilhas been named Vice President, Engineering Safety, Test & Evaluation for Sikorsky Aircraft. This is a newly established position and consolidates engineering safety and test functions under one leader. Jamie also serves as Deputy Chair of the Product Safety Board (PSB) for all Sikorsky programs. Since joining Sikorsky Aircraft in 1987, Jamie has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Test Engineering organization and later in the Design Engineering organization as Chief of Rotors Design. His most recent assignment was Director of Dynamic Systems Engineering where he was responsible for providing technical leadership for all design, process, and materials engineering for rotor hubs, rotor blades and transmissions. His engineering responsibility covered the entire lifecycle of these critical components, from development through production and support. Jamie also served as Integrated Product Team leader for the ongoing S92 main gearbox product improvement initiative
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