Purdue Engineering Impact Magazine Fall 2009

Aeronautics & Astronautics Smooth sailing – industry weathers economic trend

Welcome to the Fall 2009 edition of AAE Impact magazine. The theme of this issue is something that appears in headlines everyday and has affected nearly every constituent of our school—the economy.

The pages which follow offer a glimpse of the effects the worldwide economic downturn has had on our industry and our students. What you will also read of, however, is an industry which is responding, in innovative ways, to the issues brought about by economic weaknesses.

The school is rightfully proud of its alumni and industry partners who have not wavered in the face of economic difficulties, and who are playing a significant role in our national recovery.

Thomas N. Farris
Head, School of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Alumnus honored as distinguished engineer
October 01, 2009
The school is proud to honor Michael H. Campbell (BSAAE ’83) as a 2009 distinguished engineering alumnus.
Faculty member's contributions shine brightly in the classroom and the lab
October 01, 2009
The research and teaching accomplishments of C.T. Sun, Neil A. Armstrong Distinguished Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, could fill an encyclopedia.
Alumnus Bud Mitchell offers insights on the past, present, and future
October 01, 2009
Gary “Bud” Mitchell (BS ’60), retired vice president of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, is a seasoned veteran of the aeronautical field with close to 50 years of industry experience. Here he offers priceless insights on the aerospace industry during these tough economic times.
Despite today's turbulence, the industry is on course, report Purdue alumni at Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin
October 01, 2009
A struggling economy, new U.S. presidential administration, and potential changes in defense priorities may be creating some drag for the country’s top aerospace and defense firms, but that’s not slowing their focus on innovations or determination to thrive.
An all-female team gets fired up about propulsion
October 01, 2009
Yen Yu’s childhood fascination with fireworks sparked an interest in rocket propulsion. Loral O’Hara’s love of flying propelled her into aeronautical engineering. For the past two years, they have served as the first all-female team in the rocket propulsion facilities at Purdue’s Maurice Zucrow Laboratory.
Scholarship support follows an exceptional career both in and outside industry
October 01, 2009
Whether marketing a Boeing 737, developing medical equipment, or leading a small Idaho community, Wayne Willich attributes the diversity of his career experiences to one source—Purdue University.
Scholarship aims to grow top talent for aerospace industry
October 01, 2009
As deputy undersecretary for the Air Force Space Program in the Pentagon, Gary Payton (MSAE ’72) oversees the military’s space launch program and its satellite and aerospace engineering. He’s got a heady responsibility and a lot on his mind, including where the next generation of Gary Paytons will come from.