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Helen L. Reed

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  • Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • B.A., Mathematics, Goucher College
Helen Reed
  • (Presently) Texas A&M University, Aerospace Engineering, Professor
  • (Previously) Texas A&M University, Aerospace Engineering, Department Head Arizona State University (ASU) - Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) - Vice Chair for Graduate Programs, MAE - Associate Director, ASU / NASA Space Grant Program - Director, Aerospace Research Center Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, Associate Professor Sandia National Laboratories, Summer University Faculty Stanford University, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering NASA/Langley Research Center, Aerospace Technologist
  • (2008) Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • (2008) Academy of Engineering Excellence, Virginia Tech
  • (2007) AIAA /ASEE J. Leland “Lee” Atwood Award
  • (2003) Fellow, American Physical Society
  • (1997) Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Served on various NASA Headquarters Aeronautics Advisory Committees, Subcommittees, Task Forces, the NASA Federal Laboratory Review Task Force of the NASA Advisory Council, and the NATO/AGARD Fluid Dynamics Panel.  Served on the Science Advisory Board for the National Institute of Aerospace, as Chair of the Aerospace Department Chairs’ Association, and as Department Head of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M. Presently a member of the AIAA Transition Study Group, AIAA Academic Affairs Committee, and Aerospace Advisory Committees for 4 Universities, Texas A&M Institutional Representative to the Texas Space Grant Consortium, and Instructor for AIAA Courses in “Stability and Transition”.

Boundary-layer stability and transition, swept wings, roughness receptivity, hypersonics, and flow control. Presently, G-III flight test program with NASA and AFRL, and co-PI for NASA/Air Force National Hypersonics Science Center in Laminar-Turbulent Transition.  Integrating small-spacecraft research, design-build-fly, and education, with particular emphasis in satellite design, responsive and modular software and hardware configurability, and autonomous rendezvous and docking. Delivered 3 major satellites: 2 launched with Air Force and 1 launched with NASA.