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  • Jan 09, 2015

    Engineering alumnus Peter Reutt part of recovery team for NASA’s recent Orion spacecraft launch

    Virginia Tech College of Engineering alumnus Peter Reutt was among the many engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Dec. 18 waiting for the return of the Exploration Flight Test-1 Orion spacecraft after a cross-country road trip from San Diego via tractor trailer. 

    Reutt also was part of the team to recover the vessel weeks before near San Diego, bringing the craft onto a ship after the capsule traveled 3,600 miles above the earth for a 5-hour unmanned mission.

    “I am proud to have been part of the NASA team that recovered the Orion Crew Module,” said Reutt in a series of emails from Merritt Island, Florida, the home of Kennedy Space Center and the Dec. 5 launch of the EFT/Orion craft.

  • Dec 18, 2014

    $2 million gift establishes the Kevin Crofton Faculty Chair in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

    Alumnus Kevin Crofton recently donated $2 million to establish a faculty chair in the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering within Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering.

    “We’re incredibly grateful to Kevin for this extraordinary donation,” said Richard Benson, the College of Engineering dean. “For a graduate of this department to give back to it so generously speaks volumes about him as a person. We also view this donation as a powerful endorsement of the quality of our research and teaching. Gifts like this inspire us to do all we can to provide a superior environment for education and research, and they help us to reach that goal.”

    Crofton is a native of Fincastle, Virginia, who earned his bachelor’s in aerospace and ocean engineering in 1982. He spent the first decade of his career in the aerospace field, working on U.S. Department of Defense and commercial programs in propulsion for United Technologies, including Boeing’s Inertial Upper Stage Program, which positioned satellites in geosynchronous orbit from the Space Shuttle. 

  • Nov 14, 2014

    Colin Adams joins AOE

    Colin S. Adams is finishing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, researching laboratory astrophysical plasmas at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, before joining Virginia Tech for spring semester of 2015. His research focuses on interactions between colliding supersonic plasma jets in the presence of a background magnetic field.

  • Oct 12, 2014
  • Oct 03, 2014

    Aerospace student pilots unmanned planes with an eye toward a future academic career

    When Mark Palframan sets to work, he's at Virginia Tech's Kentland Research Farm. No dirt is involved, though. His hands are on a souped-up remote control device, and his eyes look to the air, set sharp on the unmanned E-SPAARO aircraft as it soars 400 hundred feet above the ground.

    The Electric-SPAARO -- short for Small Platform for Autonomous Aerial Research Operations -- is a small unmanned aerial system operated by Virginia Tech's Nonlinear Systems Lab that can fly either autonomously or by remote control. 

    It is used for testing prototype wings and control surfaces, validating air-data sensors, and collecting and analyzing air samples. This is not a toy of play. Its mission, and that of the lab's, is not play, but forward-looking research.

  • Sep 19, 2014

    Black joins the Hume Center as Associate Director of Research for Aerospace Systems

    The Hume Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Jonathan Black as its first Associate Director of Research for Aerospace Systems.  In this role, he will oversee the centers growing portfolio of research in unmanned aircraft and spacecraft, including the design and construction of a new ground station to facilitate small satellite missions.   

  • Jun 04, 2014
  • Apr 07, 2014

    College of Engineering student team to compete in NASA-sponsored planetary robotics competition

    A Virginia Tech College of Engineering student team is building a six-wheeled lunar robot and will travel to Houston’s Johnson Space Center in June as part of the 2014 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Challenge, sponsored by NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace.

    The team is comprises of students from the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Virginia Tech one of only eight that will travel to the space center, taking with them a self-designed and built rover that will be tasked with collecting rock samples on a faux planetary service. Events at the June 3-5 event are judged for timeliness and task efficiency.

    The team’s rover – nicknamed Animus, Latin for intellect -- features a suspension system similar in concept to the NASA rover currently exploring Mars, wheeled robot with a camera for viewing and a robotic arm with which to collect samples such as rocks. Known as rocker-bogie, the system uses six wheels with drive motors. The wheels keep the rover constantly in contact with the ground while traversing myriad terrains, said Animus leader Tom Corona of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and a senior in mechanical engineering.

  • Apr 04, 2014

    AOE recognized for participation in FAA UAV test site

    Not many people get a chance to fly a drone, but it still didn’t seem like that big of a deal to the Virginia Tech students sitting behind the joystick during a test flight on Wednesday.

    To them, it was just another day of research.

    The university was named one of only six federally certified drone test sites by the Federal Aviation Administration in December. That means those who want to develop a new type of unmanned aerial system — known as UAS in the business but drones to everyone else — can bring it to Tech for experiments before it’s proven safe enough to fly over populated areas.

  • Mar 21, 2014

    William Devenport recognized as scholar of the week

    The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes William Devenport, a professor of aerospace and ocean engineering in the College of Engineering, for research interests that include finding new ways to harness wind energy.

    Devenport, who serves as department head for laboratory facilities with the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, heads an active research program that involves doctoral, master’s and undergraduate students in experimental studies of the aeroacoustics and aerodynamics of turbulent flows.

    Ongoing sponsored research projects include experimental studies of rough-wall boundary layer noise with relevance to airframe and marine vehicle noise, studies of trailing edge noise involved with wind turbines and airframes, studies of leading edge noise with relevance to helicopters and marine vehicles, and the dissipation of aircraft engine fan-blade wakes with applications to commercial jet engine noise

    The Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech offers a unique blend of two disciplines that takes advantage of commonality in the analysis and design of aerospace and ocean vehicles. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in both disciplines. The Department has extensive facilities including world class wind-tunnels, water tunnels, structural test equipment, high-performance computer systems, and state-of-the-art spacecraft simulators.

     

    Article obtained from http://www.research.vt.edu/scholar-of-the-week/william-devenport .

  • Mar 13, 2014

    Craig Woolsey recognized as scholar of the week

    The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Craig Woolsey, an associate professor of aerospace and ocean engineering in the College of Engineering, for expertise in autonomous vehicles and for helping lead the university’s effort to obtain a Federal Aviation Administration-approved test site for unmanned aerial vehicles.

    Woolsey is the director of the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems, which is a research arm for the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and the College of Engineering.

    His research in unmanned aerial vehicles and autonomous systems helped Virginia Tech win a Federal Aviation Administration bid to win one of only six unmanned aircraft systems research and test site operations in the United States.

  • Feb 26, 2014

    Mazen Farhood receives NSF CAREER Award

    Mazen Farhood, assistant professor in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, has been awarded a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his research on “Provably Correct Control Software for Autonomous High-Performance Agents”.

    The research objective of Farhood’s award is to investigate a rigorous approach to control software certification for multi-task agents with complex dynamics, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The proposed analysis approach will not only provide proofs that such control systems meet their functional specifications, but will also migrate the high-level, systemic properties down to the executable code, resulting in a formally validated control software.

  • Dec 02, 2013

    Eric Paterson, AOE Department Head, Named Commonwealth Professor of Marine Propulsion

    Eric Paterson, professor and head of the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was recently named Commonwealth Professor of Marine Propulsion by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

  • Aug 01, 2013

    Aerospace Engineer Aims for the Stars

    From the first moment we looked up at the twinkling night sky, mankind has always dreamt of space exploration. Ryan Ligon, a junior aerospace engineering student in Virginia Tech's Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department, is no different, although he hasn’t been dreaming quite as long.

  • Jul 26, 2013

    AOE Staff Member, Jon Couch, Recognized For Professional Development

    In five years, Virginia Tech employee Jon Couch moved from an entry-level accounting position to his current job as a grants specialist in the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering.

  • Jul 08, 2013

    Aerospace Graduates Take Top Honors at NASA Competition

    A little more than a month after graduating from the Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department, the seven member Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) team took some top honors for their ability to make out-of-this-world travel plans.

    The team presented their design for a manned mission to Mars at the 2013 RASC-AL Conference in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and won first-place in the human-focused Mars Mission, best undergraduate project and best overall categories.

    RASC-AL is a student-design competition sponsored by NASA and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace. It provides university-level graduate and undergraduate engineering students with the opportunity to design human-scale architecture concepts based on NASA engineering challenges, according to the competition’s website.

  • Jul 08, 2013

    Microgravity Team Experiments Onboard Boeing's Weightless Wonder

    The Microgravity at Virginia Tech team is a research and design group comprised of Aerospace Engineering students, founded in the Fall of 2011. Participating primarily in NASA's Reduced Gravity Operations Program, they recently returned from Houston, TX and the successful conclusion of their second proposal year. While there, they flew their experiment onboard a refitted Boeing 727 known as "The Weightless Wonder" which serves to simulate a microgravity environment through a unique flight pattern.

  • Jun 24, 2013

    Rachel Hall Smith Recognized as an IAPP Member of Excellence

    Rachel Hall Smith, Graduate Program Coordinator in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, was recognized as a 2013 International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAPP) Member of Excellence.  This award marks the fifth consecutive year that Mrs. Hall Smith has received this award. She has been a member of the Aerospace and Ocean Engineering department for five years.

    This award is part of the IAPP Pathways to Excellence Recognition Program and is based on the following ten principles:  certification, commitment, communication, education and training, fiscal responsibility, leadership development and roles, marketing, research and community outreach, programs and participation, recruitment and retention, and strategic planning.

    The Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech offers a unique blend of two disciplines that takes advantage of commonality in the analysis and design of aerospace and ocean vehicles. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in both disciplines. The Department has extensive facilities including world class wind-tunnels, water tunnels, structural test equipment, high-performance computer systems, and state-of-the-art spacecraft simulators.

  • Jun 07, 2013

    AOE Graduate Student Takes Top AIAA Award

    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Techinical Design Committee awarded best paper to AOE Graduate student, Anthony Ricciardi. Anthony, advised by Dr. Robert Canfield and Dr. Mayuresh Patil, was awarded Best Paper in Design, Micro/Unmanned Aircraft Session, for his presentation of “Nonlinear Aeroelastic Scaled Model Optimization Using Equivalent Static Loads” at the 54TH AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, April 8–11, 2013, in Boston, MA.

  • Jun 07, 2013

    SNAME and ASNE Fellowships Awarded to AOE Graduate Student

    Ocean engineering graduate student, Sebastian Fave earned recognition for his academic success and future potential in the naval architecture and marine engineering industry through reception of scholarships from the Society of Naval Architect and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE).

  • May 16, 2013

    Dr. Eric Paterson Announced as Keynote Speaker for Open Source CFD International Conference 2013

    The Open Source CFD International Conference is pleased to confirm Dr. Eric Paterson from Virginia Tech's Aerospace and Ocean Engineering and Mr. Jon Gunner from Koenigsegg Automotive AB as their Keynote Speakers at this year's conference in Hamburg.

  • May 10, 2013

    Aerospace Alumni Inducted Into the Academy of Engineering Excellence

    Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering inducted seven new members, including Aerospace alumni Mr. David Finkleman and Dr. Peter Kurzhals, into its Academy of Engineering Excellence, an elite group that now consists of only 119 people out of its more than 60,000 living alumni.

    The Academy of Engineering Excellence was founded in 1999 by F. William Stephenson, past dean of the college of engineering, and by the college’s advisory board. This year marked the 14th anniversary of the first induction. In 2009, the college produced a book on the first 90 inductees, called "In the Land Grant Tradition: Reaching the Pinnacles,” available at the University Bookstore.

  • May 10, 2013

    AOE Emeritus Professor Wayne Durham Writes Book on Aircraft Dynamics and Control

     Wayne "Bull" Durham, Virginia Tech associate professor emeritus of aerospace and ocean engineering,  has authored a new book "Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Control" published by Wiley.

    Durham's first career was as a U.S. Navy pilot. Following two combat tours flying F-8 Crusaders in Vietnam, he attended the Empire Test Pilot School in England. He then conducted two tours as an engineering test pilot at the Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent River, Md., interspersed with other operational tours. He has flown thousands of hours in fighter aircraft ranging from the Glouster Meteor to the Grumman Tomcat.

    Durham began a second career after earning his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech, and taught aircraft flight dynamics and control for several years. He conducted extensive research into related problems, developing a manned flight simulator for experiments.

  • May 07, 2013

    AOE Graduate Has Led a Charmed Life as Roanoke College Chaplain

    Chaplain Paul Henrickson, a 1970 graduate of Virginia Tech in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, has been at Roanoke College since 1982. According to a recent article in the Roanoke Times, his career came to a close after delivering the commencement address to the class of 2013.

  • Jan 14, 2013

    Lin Ma and Gary Seidel named Associate Fellows of AIAA

    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the selection of  AIAA Associate Fellows, Dr. Lin Ma and Dr. Gary Seidel.  Read more...




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