Two AAE professors selected as AIAA Associate Fellows

Dengfeng Sun, an associate professor, and Joseph Jewell, an assistant professor, are part of the Class of 2020 awardees.

Two professors in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics have been selected as Associate Fellows by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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Dengfeng Sun

Dengfeng Sun, an associate professor, and Joseph Jewell, an assistant professor, are part of the Class of 2020 awardees.

“Aerospace is constantly evolving to solve problems and push the boundaries of the possible,” AIAA president John Langford said in a press release. “The newest class of Associate Fellows is building on the great work that has come before them to push us faster and farther here on Earth as well as in space.”

Sun’s research areas include theory and application of control and optimization in aerospace engineering, particularly for networked dynamical systems such as air transportation and unmanned aerial vehicle systems.

“It is truly an honor for me to be recognized as an Associate Fellow by the AIAA,” said Sun, who has been a professor at Purdue since 2009. “I am very grateful to my students, colleagues, and friends for their support and help. I look forward to continuing to serve the AIAA community.”

Jewell joined AAE faculty this fall after working as a research scientist in the Hypersonics Branch at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. His research interests are primarily in experimental fluid dynamics, especially hypersonic aerothermodynamics.

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Joseph Jewell

“I’m honored to be recognized by AIAA in this way and especially pleased that this professional milestone has come just as I’ve joined Purdue and as the University embarks upon an ambitious plan for growth in hypersonic research,” Jewell said. “AIAA and its conferences have been an important forum for technical presentations and discussions throughout my career so far, and I’m looking forward to continued service and participation in the Institute.”

To be selected, an individual must be an AIAA Senior Member in good standing with at least 12 years of professional experience and be recommended by a minimum of three current Associate Fellows.

Each year, only one of every 150 voting members are selected and approved. The AIAA is the world’s largest aerospace technical society and is comprised of nearly 30,000 engineers and scientists.  

Sun and Jewell will be formally inducted at the Associate Fellows Induction Ceremony on Jan. 6 at the AIAA SciTech Forum in Orlando, Fla.