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September 27, 2021: William H. Mason Memorial Lecture- "Bill Mason and the US Air Force Academy"

  • September 27, 2021
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Russ Cummings, PhD, US Air Force Academy
  • Faculty Host: Pradeep Raj

Abstract: Bill Mason was an integral part of the creation of the book "Applied Computational Aerodynamics: A Modern Engineering Approach." In order to facilitate the writing and editing of the book, Bill was invited to be a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA). During his time at USAFA Bill taught aircraft design and computational aerodynamics, conducted research into computational simulation of complex vehicle aerodynamics, and worked with his USAFA co-authors on the textbook that would eventually be published in 2015. The lecture will cover all of these endeavors, as well as some of the challenges in bringing his aerodynamic programs into the book's projects and pedagogy.

Bio:  Dr. Cummings is Professor of Aeronautics and Managing Director of the DoD HPCMP Hypersonic Vehicle Simulation Institute at the US Air Force Academy. From 2015-2018 he was the Technical Director at AFOSR’s European Office of Aerospace Research & Development in London. Dr. Cummings is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he received his Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering, and also has earned B.S., B.A., and M.S. degrees from California Polytechnic State University. He currently serves as deputy editor of the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, and is an associate editor of the Journal of Aircraft and Aerospace Science and Technology. He is co-author of the Sixth Edition of Aerodynamics for Engineers and lead author for the Applied Computational Aerodynamics textbook. Dr. Cummings has previously worked at Hughes Aircraft Company, NASA Ames Research Center, and California Polytechnic State University. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society.