The start of a new calendar year always brings a renewed sense of purpose and optimism at the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering.
This January was no different.
All around me, students are gearing up for the onslaught of spring competitions: studying specs, tinkering with new designs, and rebuilding vehicles that will challenge their competitors at other engineering schools to think better and try harder next time.
Others are breaking ground on new initiatives that further energize our campus. The Yellow Jacket Flying Club announced its intentions to build a RV-12 airplane-- competing only with their own skills, drive, and free time to make it happen.
And another group of students has taken steps to form a chapter of Silver Wings, a professional, service organization that advocates for aerospace power and military awareness.
The energy and vision these students infuse into our campus provide a reassuring backdrop to the more sobering milestones that also mark this month: the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster and the 49th anniversary of the Apollo-1 fire.
I have to believe that these brave pioneers of aerospace engineering would share my pride in these students - the next generation of innovators and dreamers.
Prof. Wenting Sun Selected for AFOSR Grant
Combustion research initiated by Dr. Wenting Sun has been chosen to receive a $350,000 grant for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research through its Young Investigator research Program (YIP). read more
JP Clarke & Marilyn Smith named AIAA Fellows
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has named GT-AE professors J. P. Clarke and Marilyn Smith to its 2016 class of AIAA Fellows. They were among just 24 inducted this year. read more
GT-AE bids Good-bye to Wanda Pierson & Bobby Noble
Two longtime GT-AE staff launched new adventures in January. Wanda Pierson, the manager of Georgia Space Grant Consortium capped her 26-year career with afarewell party that drew admirers from as far away as Texas. A few days later, Ben T. Zinn Combustion Lab senior research engineer David "Bobby" Noblewas feted on his way to joining the Combustion Turbine Department of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in North Carolina.
Dr. Zhigang Suo, Harvard University Allen E. and Marilyn M. Puckett Professor of Mechanics & Materials, was the Gebhardt Distinguished Lecturer this month. His talk, "Soft Machines" drew a standing-room-only crowd to GT-AE.
A Different Kind of Endowed Chair for GT-AE
GT-AE alumnus Gary Weissel (seen here with AE School Chair Vigor Yang) arranged the donation of a different sort of 'endowed chair' for his alma mater: two fully reclining, first-class passenger seats from a Delta 737. Emblazoned with the School's name, the luxury seating is now standard in Montgomery Knight 301. read more