Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering News - May 2015
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May 2015
Bidding adieu to the Class of 2015
Check out the slideshows from the Hooding Ceremony, the ASDL Bash, and the undergraduate commencement.
From the
GT-AE Chair

As this edition of The AErial View goes to press, the School of Aerospace Engineering is getting ready to celebrate a milestone in aerospace history: America's first-ever "extravehicular activity" or spacewalk.

On June 3, 1965, astronaut Edward H. White ushered in a new era in history when he stepped out of his Gemini capsule into the uncharted abyss of low-earth orbit. Space.

Like a child at play, White was reluctant to return when his 36-minute walk was over.

"I'm coming back in," he said. "And it's the saddest moment of my life."

While few of our students will ever have the opportunity to touch the sky as White did, I believe they already partake in some of the exhilaration he felt during that historic stroll.

It's evident when they ascend the podium at graduation, after swearing they'd never survive our grueling courseload.

It screams out when they proudly present research during the Georgia Tech Capstone Design Competition or the Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition.

And this week, it is the prevailing sentiment in the Space Systems Design Lab (SSDL), where undergraduates who were not even born during White's historic spacewalk, will play integral roles in the mission control center that is monitoring LightSail-A, a new propulsion technology that promises to change the way space travel is done.

I salute their mentor, Dr. David Spencer who has given them access to a unique aerospace experience. I only hope that, unlike White, they never have to "come back in" from their adventure.

Lt. Col. Edward H. White
Graduation 2015

Summer is a busy season for our faculty.
For Dr. David Spencer and his team of research assistants in the Space Systems Design Lab, the launch of LightSail-A has been an all-consuming focus.

For Dr. Dewey Hodges, May brought an announcement from ASME that he has been chosen for the Spirit of St. Louis Medal.

Dr. Robert "Bobby" Braun was singled out by the AAS for its first-ever Space Technology Award during ceremonies held in Pasadena, CA on May 12.

Dr. Krishan Ahuja learned that his bid for $7.9million contract from the Air Force Space & Missile Center has been approved. The funds will aid GTRI and three GT-AE professors in their research.

The scholarship of Dr. Joseph H. Saleh was recognized by the Journal of Engineering Design.


The excitement did not die down after the May Commencement Ceremonies cleared out the Georgia Tech Campus. Announcements of honors earned by several GT-AE students reminded us all why hard work + talent are always a timeless recipe for success.

Two GT-AE student teams (pictured above)  took home top awards at the 2015 AHS Micro Air Vehicle Challenge, held in Virginia Beach

Doctoral student Francesca Favaro was selected to receive the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship for the second time.
Masters student Michael Staab was recognized with a $10,000 Goddard Scholarship from the National Space Club.

In the biennial Airbus Fly Your Ideas Challenge, grad student Mohit Gupta was part of the multinational team that took home the grand prize for Multifun, a hybrid battery-piezoelectric composite for next-generation aircraft design.

Another team of ASDL engineers took home first place in the same competition for a video presentation of their unique meal-delivery system, eMeals.

Doctoral student Imon Chakraborty's passion for aviation was recognized my the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with both the AIAA Foundation William T. Piper, Sr. General Aviation Systems Graduate Award and the AIAA 2015 Best Paper Award.
Northrop Grumman's Chris Jones, BSAE '86, has been selected as an Associate Fellow of AIAA.
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Donghyuk Shin, PhDAE '13, has accepted a faculty position at the University of Edinburgh. A former doctoral student with Dr.Timothy Lieuwen, he will begin his new job in July.

NASA's Andy Calloway, BSAE '89 has bid farewell to his longtime project, Mercury Messenger. Read this NASA profile of Calloway, or this great story in Wired Magazine.

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