Purdue Engineering Impact Magazine Spring 2010

Aeronautics & Astronautics Wind tunnel upgraded - designer honored

Welcome to the Spring 2010 edition of the AAE Impact magazine. As most of you know, I am quite new at Purdue, and I am extremely honored to be a part of this great university and the outstanding School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Since arriving in August 2009, I have had a wonderful experience in working with the world-class faculty, the service-minded staff, the outstanding students, and the incredibly accomplished alumni. I am so impressed by the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics because of its rich history of excellence, its wonderful students and alumni, and the faculty’s desire to never be complacent and to achieve ever higher standards of excellence and impact.

In this edition, we recall the wonderful contributions by an esteemed retired professor on wind-tunnel technology and highlight the exciting work by one of our school’s most distinguished alumni. We also highlight some forward-looking efforts by our Aerospace Systems Group and graduate student research in spacecraft trajectory and mission planning.

As noted, we have a wonderful tradition of excellence at Purdue, and our aim for the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is to continue moving forward and building on that excellence.

Tom I-P. Shih
Professor and head, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Some new faces
May 07, 2010
Two new faculty members joined our ranks this past fall.
Graduate student selected to attend IAC 2009
May 07, 2010
AAE doctoral student Daniel Grebow was selected as a NASA student representative to the 2009 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Daejeon, South Korea.
Research holds potential to elevate flight safety and lower environmental impact
May 07, 2010
Within the Aerospace Systems Group “hub,” professors Bill Crossley and Karen Marais follow slightly different flight plans: Crossley’s research addresses the context in which aircraft are designed, while Marais’ work attempts to manage risks posed by complex systems, such as aviation.
Wind Tunnel Upgraded - Designer Honored
May 07, 2010
Designed and built nearly six decades ago by George Palmer, the Boeing Wind Tunnel in the Aerospace Sciences Lab has been the test site for thousands of student learning opportunities and a multitude of research Projects.
AAE grad offers an up-close look at some far-out technologies
May 07, 2010
Darryl Davis (BSAAE ’79) pictures a future with cars flying on sky highways. One does not become president of Phantom Works for the Boeing Defense, Space and Security business unit of the Boeing Company without such far-reaching vision.
The solar system's the limit for one doctoral student
May 07, 2010
Diane Craig Davis — a PhD student in aeronautics and astronautics — is the recipient of the 2009 Amelia Earhart Fellowship from Zonta International. Granted annually, the fellowship honors women pursuing doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering.
Alumna pays it forward
May 07, 2010
Alumna Casey Kirchner (BSAE ’01) is a rocket engine test conductor and propulsion and piping design engineer at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi.
Outstanding Aerospace Engineers for 2009
May 07, 2010