Outstanding Aerospace Engineers Award 2008

Frank H. Bauer


Chief Engineer, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate ~ NASA

"Exploration endeavors impose significant challenges that are only overcome by the tenacity of the human spirit, exceptional intellect, and state-of-the-art engineering. As we explore the far reaches of space through robotic and human spaceflight expeditions, I have witnessed Purdue alumni, faculty and their research play a prominent role in realizing the exploration vision, enabling humans to see and touch the wonders of the universe."

Frank Bauer received his BSAAE and MSAAE from Purdue in 1979 and 1980, respectively. Currently, he is chief engineer for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters. Also at NASA, he has served as Systems Engineering chief of staff–Technical for the Constellation Program and represented NASA and the U.S. government on Global Navigation Satellite System Strategy and Policy. He has also served as chief of the Guidance, Navigation and Control Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Bauer has received three NASA medals as well as the Silver Snoopy Human Spaceflight Awareness award. He is an associate fellow of the AIAA and a member of the Purdue Aero/Astro Industrial Advisory Committee. Bauer is the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation vice president for Human Spaceflight Programs and international chairman of ARISS, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station. Volunteer honors with the ARISS educational outreach program include a Special Achievement Award in 2001 and the Rotary Stellar Award Nominee in 2006.

Darryl W. Davis


President, Advanced Systems ~ Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

"For as long as I can remember, I knew I wanted to build machines that flew and my aero degree from Purdue provided me the tremendous foundation to do just that. I now have the privilege of leading Boeing's Advanced Systems, where we continue to design and develop the future of air and space flight."

Darryl Davis received a BSAAE from Purdue University in 1978 and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now known as Missouri University of Science and Technology). He is currently the president of Advanced Systems for the Integrated Defense Systems unit of The Boeing Company. Also at Boeing, Davis has served as vice president of Advanced Precision Engagement and Mobility Systems, vice president of Global Strike Solutions, and program manager for the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems X-45. He has also held leadership positions with McDonnell Douglas.

Davis is a member of the AIAA and the Air Force Association and serves on the Boeing St. Louis Regional Contribution Council. He is a former Brookings Institute Congressional Fellow with the U.S. Senate.

Wayne Eckerle


Vice President of Corporate Research and Technology ~ Cummins, Inc.

"Engineering has provided an opportunity for me to learn and contribute throughout my career, to provide guidance for engineers and students, and to positively impact the environment through clean diesel technology. Probably my greatest assets that I attribute to Purdue are a good work ethic tied to integrity, the desire and skills to continually learn, and a tenacity to solve many technical challenges."

Wayne Eckerle received his BSAE and MSAE from Purdue in 1975 and 1976, respectively, and a PhD in fluid mechanics from the University of Connecticut in 1985. He is currently the vice president of Corporate Research and Technology at Cummins, Inc., in Columbus, Indiana. Since joining Cummins in 1989, Eckerle has held leadership positions in metrology, quality, fuel systems technology, thermal and fluid sciences, and advanced engineering. Prior to his time at Cummins, he worked at UTRC for 10 years and was also an associate professor at Clarkson University.

Eckerle is the recipient of the Cummins J. Irwin Miller Award of Excellence. He serves as treasurer of The Arc of Bartholomew County. He is head of the Research Subcommittee of the IUPUI Dean's Industrial Advisory Board, a member of the Florida State/A&M COE Dean's Industrial Advisory Board, and head of the Florida State/A&M COE IME Advisory Council.

Walter Eversman


Curators' Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering ~ Missouri University of Science and Technology

"The climate of intellectual curiosity I was immersed in during my undergraduate work at Purdue and graduate work at Stanford, and the stature of the professionals to whom I was exposed, have provided the model and stimulus for my own career. My choice of an academic career was the correct one and has led to a life of great flexibility, excitement and satisfaction."

Walter Eversman received his BSAE from Purdue in 1959, followed by an MS in Engineering Mechanics and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford in 1961 and 1964, respectively. He currently serves as the Curators' Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Outside of academia, Eversman has worked for the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Boeing-Wichita and Boeing-Seattle, and GM/AC/Delphi. His primary research interests include aircraft turbofan engine noise generation and propagation, automotive engine noise control, and aircraft flutter and vibration, among others.

Eversman has been active in the AIAA, serving as general chair of the 8th Aeroacoustics Conference in 1983 and chair of Aeroacoustics TC from 1983–1985. He has also served in ASME as vice chair of the Noise Control and Acoustics Committee from 1989–1990 and 1991–1992, and as chair of NCA TC from 1990–1991 and 1992–1993. Eversman is internationally recognized for theoretical and numerical contributions in duct acoustics, vibrations, and aeroelasticity. He has more than 160 publications in refereed journals, refereed conference papers, and presentations. Eversman has been a consultant to numerous industry and government organizations and in 2008 was the recipient of the AIAA Aeroacoustics Award.

Troy M. Gaffey


Senior Vice-President Research and Engineering (Retired) ~ Bell Helicopter Textron

"Purdue provided me an excellent foundation in the aeronautical engineering sciences, a foundation that allowed me to build a challenging and enjoyable aeronautical engineering career; one that I still enjoy 48 years after graduation."

Troy Gaffey received his BSAE from Purdue in 1960. Following his graduation he worked for Boeing and attended graduate school for several years and entered the US Army in 1962 to fulfill his ROTC obligation. He was a dual rated fixed wing and helicopter pilot during his Army service. In 1965 Gaffey joined Bell Helicopter and had a 38-year career in the Bell engineering department retiring in 2003 after serving as Bell's chief engineer from 1991 to 2001. During his engineering career he initially specialized in rotorcraft dynamics and aero elasticity, moving into technology management and then project and general management. During his tenure as chief engineer a number of new helicopters were developed as well as the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey and the Bell-Agusta 609 tilt rotor aircraft. Following retirement from Bell, Gaffey has consulted for NASA, DOD, and the rotorcraft industry. He is currently developing a small, personal use helicopter based on integration of advanced technology.

Gaffey has been honored by the American Helicopter Society with the Haueter Award for VTOL development and the Klemin award for contributions to rotorcraft technology. The AIAA has awarded Gaffey the Newbold Award for contributions to powered lift technology.

Markus B. Heinimann


Chief Design Engineer for Aerospace Structures, Product Design and Development Division ~ Alcoa Technical Center

"Purdue provided me with an excellent technical foundation, and it is the focus on engineering fundamentals and problem solving that has been most valuable. I have had the privilege to work with many Purdue graduates, and it is these same skills that set them apart in the workplace. I am grateful for the opportunities my Purdue education provided."

Markus Heinimann received his BSAAE in 1992, MSAAE in 1994, and PhD in 1997, all from Purdue's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Currently, Heinimann serves as chief design engineer for Aerospace Structures in the Product Design and Development Division of the Alcoa Technical Center. In this role he leads the development and validation of advanced metallic and hybrid structural concepts for future commercial and military aircraft structures. Prior to joining Alcoa in 2002, Heinimann served in various engineering positions at Cessna Aircraft Company, including leading the fatigue and damage tolerance activities during the development and certification of the Citation Sovereign business jet.

Heinimann has published a number of papers and given numerous presentations on fatigue and fracture of aerospace structures as well as advanced structural concepts. He is a member of ASTM and AIAA, and serves as chairman of the sub-committee on Structural Applications within the ASTM committee on Fatigue and Fracture, and is also a member of the editorial board of the ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation. In 2004, he received the Keith B. Miller Outstanding Young Investigator award from ASTM.

Timothy A. Kinnan


President ~ Wallace Lighthouse Consulting Group

"In studying the discipline of engineering, we learn more than just engineering. We develop a way of thinking that applies to all facets of life. Disciplined, yet curious, and open to exploring new hypotheses, the engineer is the first to ask 'why not?' Although I have little practical experience in the engineering disciplines, I credit my engineering education for much of my success in both military and business careers."

Timothy Kinnan received his MSAAE from Purdue University in 1971. He is currently president of the Wallace Lighthouse Consulting Group. Kinnan served for 34 years in the United States Air Force, retiring with the rank of lieutenant general. During his military career he was a fighter pilot who commanded a squadron and two fighter wings, while also serving in key policy positions in the U.S. and overseas. He served as the Joint Chief's vice director for Strategic Plans and Policy, and as the U.S. Military Representative to NATO. From 2004 to 2007, Kinnan worked for Lockheed Martin as vice president for Integrated Warfighter Solutions. He also served as chief operating officer for Verihelion, an entrepreneurial startup in Canton, Georgia.

Kinnan has served as vice chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association for Enterprise Integration, as well as on the Executive Council of the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Air Force Historical Foundation. He is a senior member of the AIAA and a life member of the Order of Daedalians. On three separate occasions, Kinnan was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the United States' highest peacetime defense award. He was the first recipient of the USAF Robinson Risner Trophy.

Kenneth B. Sanger


Director and Program Manager, Ground-Based Midcourse Defense European Site Program ~ The Boeing Company

"The Purdue experience taught me not only how to make things fly, but trained me to pilot my career. My sincere thanks to the AAE school faculty who influenced me then and who continue to influence our future leaders today."

Kenneth Sanger received his BSAAE in 1981 and MSAAE in 1983 from Purdue and holds an MBA from San Diego State University. He is currently the director and program manager for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense European Site Program at The Boeing Company. He has previously served as director of C-17 Air Vehicle Operations. Prior to that, Sanger led various Boeing Global Mobility Systems engineering organizations, including C-17 Avionics, Flight Controls and Support Equipment, and Design Office, to name a few.

Sanger was elected fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in December 2007 after serving on their board of directors for nine years. He is an executive Champion for the Boeing Huntsville Black Employees Association and is the Boeing Executive Focal to Alabama A&M University. Sanger has been recognized by the U.S. Navy and the FAA for composite aircraft certification R&D and by the USAF technical leadership overseeing C-17 aircraft program design/development and sustainment. He has received numerous Boeing and AIAA awards. He and his wife, Donna, have two teenage daughters, Sarah and Emileigh.

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