Former Head Dr. Bruce A. Reese visits AAE

The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics were delighted to receive a visit from former head Dr. Bruce A. Reese on September 6, 2013.

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