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Department News
Department News
2      Letter from the School Director
3      Spotlight: Aerospace Program Named Ohio Center of Excellence
5      Brian Rowe’s Vision for UC Engineering Students Will Take O     anks to $1 Million Bequest
6      NASA Glenn Research Center Delegate Visits UC
7      Teachers Experience Bio-inspired Flight Research at UC
7      UC Industry Site Visit
8      Professor Peter Nagy Receives the Roy Sharpe Award
8      School Director Honored for Impact on Aerospace Education
8      Recent Alumni Statistics
9      Dr. Gary L. Slater Named Director of the Ohio Space Grant Consortium
9      Professor Orkwis Receives 2010 Wandmacher Teaching Award
9      Dr. Mohamed Hamdan Joins Faculty
10     Faculty Pro le: Dr. Grant Scha ner
10     Dr. G.R. Liu Joins Faculty as Ohio Eminent Scholar
11     Dr. Wade Retires
11     Dr. Khosla Retires
12     Meet our new Adjunct Faculty
12     Faculty Awards
12     Adjunct Faculty Pro le: Dr. Pamela Menges
13     Spotlight: Lab Named in Honor of Professor Widen Tabako

Student News
Student News
15     Senior Honored with UC’s Presidential Leadership and Herman Schneider Medals of Excellence
15     Sophia Mitchell, $80,000 Cincinnatus Scholarship Recipient
15     Deans Award - Robert Charvat
16     Sydney Barker, Scholar-Athlete, Wins Best Poster at the 2010 Ohio Space Grant Consortium Symposium
16        e NASA Academy at the John Glenn Research Center, Summer 2009
16     Aerospace Student Awarded “Best Project” in Summer REU Program
16     Student News
17     Spotlight: UC Aerospace Students Bring Home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place

Contact U
Con act Us
University of Cincinnati
College of Engineering and Applied Science
School of Aerospace Systems
P.O. Box 210070                                     On the cover -
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0070                           Students build and y
513-556-3548                                        Zagi Gliders (radio
                                                    controlled gliders)
Letter from the School Director
   is newsletter highlights UC Aerospace Engineering program
events as well as student, faculty and alumni news over the past two
academic years. Our Senior Design teams continue to win national
and international competitions and a number of our faculty have
also received awards of recognition from their peers.    e College of
Engineering and Applied Science is now organized into seven schools
and the School of Aerospace Systems is home for the Aerospace
Engineering and Fire Science programs.

   e Aerospace Engineering program now has the unique distinction
of having two Ohio Eminent Scholar Chairs. Dr. G.R. Liu, who is
internationally recognized for his contributions to computational
mechanics, meshless and advanced nite element methods started at
UC September 1st.      e rst Ohio Eminent Scholar chair has been held
by Professor E e Gutmark since September 2000.        e program will
continue to excel with the planned appointment of three additional
faculty to ll the Ohio Research Scholar Chairs and one for the Space Exploration Chair. Among our numerous
faculty and student awards and recognitions we were especially happy to celebrate, in spring 2010, Professor
Tabako ’s y years of outstanding contributions naming the propulsion lab in his honor. Professor Tabako
founded and continued to build the lab through externally funded research over the years. Several of Professor
Tabako ’s students and colleagues throughout the industry and government joined us in celebrating this joyous
occasion that coincided with his 90th birthday and the 80th anniversary of Aerospace Engineering at UC.
     D E P A R T M E N T                                                     S P O T L I G H T
     Photos by Dottie Stover/University of Cincinnati

                                                        UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science Aerospace Program

                                                                   named Ohio
                                                                                       Center of

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Chancellor Eric Fingerhut and Ohio Board of Regents
announced the Advanced Transportation and Aerospace             Center for Intelligent
Centers of Excellence.     e University of Cincinnati was       Propulsion Inaugural
named a Center of Excellence in Intelligent Air & Space
Vehicle Energy Systems based on its leadership over the past    Seminar by Doug
80 years in contributions to the industry and to the state’s    Bowers, Propulsion
                                                                Directorate, Air Force
   e goal of these Centers of Excellence is to focus their      Research Lab, WPAFB
academic and research activities on creation of advanced
transportation and aerospace technology development             On October 30, 2009, Mr. Bowers
to create more jobs and strengthen Ohio’s ability to bring      discussed some of the important and
innovative technologies to commercialization.                   exciting programs that are being
                                                                developed in the directorate’s R&D
In introducing Chancellor Fingerhut, UC President Gregory       portfolio including Adaptive Cycle
Williams noted, “Strong universities and strong programs,       Turbine Engines, Electrical Propulsion
like these Centers of Excellence, work to attract and keep      in Space, Hydrocarbon Boost Rocket
the best and brightest young people in Ohio and ... A robust    Propulsion, Energy, Power and
system of public universities is indispensable to Ohio’s           ermal Challenges, the upcoming
economic future.”                                               X-51 Hypersonic vehicle ights (to
                                                                Mach #6) and the Alternative Fuels and
UC’s Center of Excellence in Aerospace Engineering will         Certi cation programs.
build on its current strengths and develop innovative,
breakthrough technologies to provide the next generation of        e Air Force Research Laboratory
aircra power and propulsion systems, advanced composite         (AFRL) mission is to lead the discovery,
materials and coatings, and intelligent systems technologies.   development and integration of
   ese technologies a ect every aspect of an air or space cra   a ordable war- ghting technologies.
and are vital to its design and performance.                    AFRL is responsible for planning and
                                                                implementing the entire USAF science
With state support and a private $20 million endowment,         and technology budget that covers basic
the search for stellar aerospace authorities for the school     research, exploratory development and
is underway.      e endowment is providing two chairs, the      advanced development.        e AFRL
                   omas Je erson Chair in Space Exploration     Propulsion Directorate develops air and
               and the Alan B. Shepard Chair in Space           space vehicle propulsion technologies,
               Exploration, dedicated to space exploration      including turbine engines, rocket
               and research.                                    engines, advanced high speed propulsion
                                                                and power technologies and associated
                 e UC School of Aerospace Systems also          fuels, lubricants, propellants and thermal
              leads a $27.5 million research program focused    management.
              on power and propulsion.        e grant is part
              of the state’s investment in research to foster
              economic development and will shortly result
              in the hiring of three Ohio Research Scholars.
              In addition, the School now has the unique
              distinction of having two Ohio Eminent
              Scholars, Drs. Ephraim Gutmark and Gui-
              Rong Liu.

As a Center of Excellence for Aerospace Engineering, the
School of Aerospace Systems expects to be moving toward
even higher levels of excellence in education and research.

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                                 Brian Rowe’s Vision for UC Engineering Students
                                 Will Take Off anks to $1 Million Bequest
                                    e late Brian H. Rowe, chairman emeritus of the former GE Aircra Engines (now
                                 known as GE Aviation), was a loyal supporter of the University of Cincinnati.     e Rowe
                                 family foundation recently donated $1 million in ful llment of his bequest to the College
                                 of Engineering and Applied Science.

                                 Rowe played a key role in the development of the world’s most powerful engine, which
                                 was used on the Boeing 777. While Rowe was known around the world as a leader in
                                 aviation (working at GE from 1979 to 1993), at UC he was known as a strong supporter
                                 of engineering — especially engineering students.

                                 “Brian Rowe was a pioneer and leader in the design, development and manufacture of
                                 commercial aviation for half a century,” says Carlo Montemagno, Dean of UC’s College of
                                 Engineering and Applied Science. “ roughout his career, he made many contributions
                                 to the advancement of technology in the eld of jet engines. He was very generous
                                 in working to improve opportunities for women who were interested in studying
                                 engineering. His commitment to higher education re ected his interest in providing for
                                 the education of future generations of leaders in engineering.”

                                 In 2001, through a generous donation from Rowe, UC created the Brian Rowe Center for
                                 Women in Engineering. e Rowe Center for Women at the College of Engineering and
                                 Applied Science was established with Rowe’s personal gi of $300,000. He funded the
                                 Rowe Center for three years and then renewed his commitment with another gi . e
                                 center, which opened in January 2002, promotes undergraduate recruitment, retention
                                 and post-graduate mentoring for female engineering students.

                                 “He really had great faith in UC and how it was growing,” says Rowe’s daughter, Penny
                                 Dinsmore, as she presented UC with the gi . “Dad wanted to encourage women in
                                 engineering. He was very interested in educating women and in getting more women in
                                                                                          the workforce.”

                                                                                          “I know he always thought very
                                                                                          highly of the school and always
                                                                                          believed the engineering school
                                                                                          here was top-notch,” says Nick
                                                                                          Dinsmore, son of Penny and
                                                                                          John Dinsmore. He noted that
                                                                                          his grandfather had worked as
                                                                                          an apprentice while going to
                                                                                          school at night. “So he believed
                                                                                          strongly in the co-op program
                                                                                          and the experience it gave. He
                                                                                          found that the strength of the
                                                                                          co-op program here was much
                                                                                          like the apprenticeship you
                                                                                          would get in England and other

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Nick Dinsmore, like his grandfather and
his father, John, works for GE. He studied            NASA Glenn Research Center Delegation
mechanical engineering at UC, in fact, to his
grandfather’s delight. “Dad encouraged Nick to        Visits UC
become an engineer and to join the UC co-op
program,” Penny Dinsmore says.                        A delegation from NASA’s Glenn Research Center—led by then
                                                      Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Jr.—visited the University of
“He felt strongly that business leaders need          Cincinnati on February 2, 2009. He was accompanied by a team
to understand both the technical side and             including Lori Manthey, Executive O cer and Dr. Robert J. Shaw,
the business side, and that the technical way         Chief of Business Development and Partnerships.       e group toured
of thinking is not something you can learn            the Aerospace Lab facilities both at Center Hill and on campus, as
working on the job,” says Dinsmore. “You’ve got       well as had a meeting with President Nancy Zimpher and Dean
to learn it in school and experience it in the job    Carlo Montemagno. Dr. Whitlow is now Associate Administrator
environment and again the co-op program in            for mission support at NASA Headquarters.
that regard is just phenomenal.”

“Brian was a very innovative and creative
leader in aviation. He enjoyed supporting and
interacting with engineering students. His
support enabled engineering students to thrive
and expand their international experience,”
says Awatef Hamed, director of the School of
Aerospace Systems. “He was a friend and strong
supporter of the college.”

Rowe received an honorary doctor of
science degree from UC in 1987 and was a
UC Foundation Board Member, an Alumni
Association Lifetime Member and a Circle
of Honor Benefactor. In 2001, besides the
Rowe Center for Women at the College of
Engineering and Applied Science, he also
established the Newcastle exchange program
for engineering students at the University of Cincinnati. e Newcastle Exchange Program annually exchanges a UC
student with an engineering student from the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom.

   e gi from Rowe’s foundation will be used to match funds set aside from a $27.5 million grant awarded by the Ohio
   ird Frontier program for a Center for Intelligent Propulsion and Advanced Life Management. A portion of that grant is
for a chair in the School of Aerospace Systems — but it has to be matched in cash before it can be lled.

“ ere will be an endowed chair in his name at the college recognizing the strong association between UC and GE,”
says Hamed. “ ere are approximately 1,000 GE engineers who have obtained their master’s and PhD degrees from the
UC aerospace department in a program started in 1967 by Professor Widen Tabako .” (In fact, Brian Rowe had been
the keynote speaker at the 75th anniversary of UC’s aerospace program, when they celebrated being the second-oldest
aerospace department in the country.)

“My grandfather always cared for his customer and tried to give his customer products that they appreciated, that
bene tted them,” says Nick Dinsmore. “ ings like prognostics, diagnostics and intelligent health monitoring are all going
to help bring value to the customers.”

Born in London, England on May 6, 1931, Rowe died at the age of 75 in Philadelphia on February 22, 2007, following
surgery. e Dinsmore family presented the check to UC on what would have been Brian Rowe’s 79th birthday.

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                                                        Teachers Experience Bio-inspired Flight
                                                        Research at UC
                                                        Melissa Burns, a 6th grade teacher at Sharpsburg Elementary in
                                                        Norwood, Ohio and Amy Jameson, a high school teacher at Gilbert
                                                        A. Dater High School in Cincinnati, Ohio were accepted into the
                                                        Summer RET (Research Experience for Teachers) Program at the
                                                        University of Cincinnati held during July-August 2010.       e idea
                                                        behind this experience is for teachers to gain a better understanding
                                                        of engineering, complete STEM (science, technology, engineering and
                                                        mathematics) lessons and be involved in a real research project by
                                                        creating an experiment, eld testing, completing simulations, collecting
                                                        and analyzing data over a six week period of time.      ere were twelve
                                                        teachers involved, broken down into six pairs, and placed on one of
                                                        six projects: nanotechnology, ight, water testing, biodiesel, tra c
                                                        and energy. Each morning they were exposed to lectures, seminars,
                                                        demonstrations, and even several eld trips. Guest speakers for each
                                                        of the projects came in and presented why engineering is important to
                                                        their topic and how they can get students more involved and inspired
                                                        by their love of science.

                                                        Melissa and Amy were placed in the bio-inspired ight project. Under
                                                        the guidance of Dr. Kelly Cohen, Associate Professor of Aerospace
                                                        Engineering, Cody Lafountain and Curtis Fox, they learned about the
                                                        principles of ight, created models of airfoils to test in the smoke and
     wind tunnel, built and ew a Zagi (a radio controlled glider) and then used an in-house so ware, AeroMorph, to create
     “new” airfoils, including a very unique dragon- y con gurations. At the end of the experience, Melissa and Amy had
     created classroom lessons, PowerPoints, movies and posters to share with their students and other educators.       ey also
     completed a research paper, PowerPoint and poster which they presented to a group of engineers to explain their research
     and what they learned during their summer experience.

        is project won rst place with the research paper, the classroom implementation report, the research poster and the
     lesson plan poster. It placed rst in 4 of the 6 categories. Professor Awatef Hamed, Director, School of Aerospace Systems is
     looking into expanding the above positive experience into a meaningful outreach program aimed at introducing aerospace
     engineering concepts in schools thereby underscoring the “E” in “STEM”.

        UC Industry Site Visit
           e Ohio Aerospace Institute and the Department of
        Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics organized
        a UC visit for 28 industry participants October 30-31, 2008.
           e day started with a welcome from Dean Montemagno and
        a brie ng by Professor Hamed on the Ohio Research Scholar
        Award for Intelligent Propulsion Systems, highlighting College
        and Department research. e group visited the Aerospace
        Combustion Labs, High Temperature Erosion Facilities and
        the Gas Turbine Simulation Lab at Center Hill. A er returning
        to campus, the visitors split into smaller groups to tour the
        Aerospace Propulsion and Non Destructive Evaluation
        Laboratories and Mechanical and Material Engineering
        research laboratories guided by students Ryan Noble (AE
        2009) and Krista Kirievich (AEEM 2010).

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Professor Peter Nagy Receives the Roy Sharpe Award
   e Roy Sharpe Prize is awarded annually by the Technical Committee
of the British Institute of NDT and sponsored by an organization
in Associate Membership of the Institute. It rewards signi cant
contribution through research and development in any branch of NDT
to the bene t of industry or society.

   e 2008 Roy Sharpe Prize was presented at the NDT 2009 Conference
in Blackpool, UK on 15 September by Doug Wylie, TWI’s Training NDT
Programme Manager. e recipient was Professor Peter Nagy from the
Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at
the University of Cincinnati. Professor Nagy is the second USA recipient
of this prestigious award. His Roy Sharpe Prize lecture was entitled:
Non-destructive methods for materials state awareness monitoring.

   School Director Honored for Impact on Aerospace Education
   Professor Awatef A. Hamed received the J. Leland Atwood Award in honor of her outstanding work with engineering
   students at the University of Cincinnati and around the world. She was honored
   at the awards luncheon on January 6, 2009 as part of the 47th AIAA Aerospace
   Sciences Meeting at the World Center Marriott, Orlando, FL.

      e AIAA and the American Society for Engineering Education jointly sponsor
   the J. Leland Atwood award, to recognize outstanding educational achievement
   and to encourage innovative improvements in aerospace education. e award
   honors the legacy of J. Leland “Lee” Atwood, an early aviation pioneer. During
   his tenure at North American Aviation, Inc. Atwood designed both the P-51
   Mustang ghter, and the B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber. Atwood retired as the
   head of North American Rockwell Corp., one of America’s premier aviation

Recent Alumni Statistics
Professor Paul Orkwis reported the results of the UC Aerospace Engineering Program Alumni Survey that he
conducted for the classes of 2005, 2006 and 2007. Of 90 alums, 40 responded to the survey, for a 44% return, which
is really outstanding!

Of those responding, 87.5% are employed in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related eld. Almost all have been
promoted or their job responsibilities have increased. Half have attended graduate school, and 60% have completed some
professional development. Most are involved in a professional organization and many in a community organization. is
impressive list of accomplishments is a real credit to their skills and talents as engineers in these trying times. We are
proud of our alumni and anticipate that this talented group can make a di erence as to where aerospace and the country
goes in the future.

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     Dr. Gary L. Slater Named                                          Paul also teaches through his research at both
                                                                       undergraduate and graduate levels. For the past decade,
     Director of the Ohio Space Grant                                  he has been part of GE Aviation’s University Strategic
     Consortium                                                        Alliance, in which he works with others from an elite group
                                                                       of schools: MIT, Stanford, Michigan, OSU, Notre Dame,
     On September 1, 2009, Dr. Gary L. Slater o cially assumed         Georgia Tech, Aachen and Tsinghua. Paul is also a member
     his role as the new Director of the Ohio Space Grant              of the University of Michigan/U.S. Air Force/Boeing
     Consortium (OSGC). e NASA/OSGC is part of the                     Collaborative Center for Aeronautical Sciences, where his
     National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program,              team works collaboratively with experimentalists to do
     which is funded through Congress and administered by              pretest simulations of facilities and assist in design.
     NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. ere are 52 Space
     Grants—one in each state—plus the District of Columbia            Asked what he likes best about UC, he replies, “It’s right
     and Puerto Rico. OSGC is based at the Ohio Aerospace              in the middle of everything—GEAE, a major engine
     Institute in Cleveland, OH and is comprised of 17 Ohio            manufacturer; the Air Force Research Labs in Dayton; and
     colleges and universities, six community colleges, NASA           NASA Glenn.”
     Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH, and the Air Force
     Research Laboratories in Dayton, OH.                              In addition to his academic credentials, Paul is a licensed
                                                                       soccer coach. An avid sports fan, he has Bengals season
     Currently a Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering           tickets attends many UC football and basketball games.
     and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Cincinnati
     (UC), Gary was elected Director by the OSGC Executive
     Committee. Dr. Slater has a long-standing commitment
     to NASA and the Ohio Space Grant for many years as UC             Dr. Mohamed Hamdan Joins Faculty
     Campus Representative.
                                                                       Dr. Hamdan joined Aerospace Engineering at UC as a Field
     In addition to his role as Director of OSGC, Dr. Slater           Service Associate Professor September 2010 following a
     maintains a research program focusing on Air Tra c                year as Adjunct Professor. His focus will be on teaching
     Control, which is currently funded by NASA.                       Statics, Dynamics, and fault diagnosis in structures courses.
                                                                       Dr. Hamdan served as a full time faculty member in the
                                                                       then newly established Mechanical Engineering (ME)
     Professor Orkwis Receives 2010                                    Department at the University of Jordan (UJ) in Amman,
     Wandmacher Teaching Award                                         Jordan Since 1982. At that time, the ME department at UJ
                                                                       had only four full time faculty members and less than a
     Paul Orkwis began his career at UC as an assistant professor      hundred undergraduate students and no lab facilities. He
     in 1991. A native New Yorker, he “grew up under the ight          was assigned the task of developing and implementing a
     path for Kennedy airport.” It seems that airplanes are his        regionally and internationally reputable undergraduate and
     destiny: his sister worked for the airlines so he got to y at a   graduate Mechanical Engineering program. Dr. Hamdan
     young age. As a student in technical high school, he trained      was a visiting professor at the United Arab Emirates
     for a job as an airplane mechanic, but with each step in his      University in 2006 and at Washington State University in
     education, Paul raised his sights. He earned a bachelor’s         1992.
     degree in mathematics at Dowling College. With that under
     his belt, he moved on to North Carolina State for Master          Dr. Hamdan has supervised over 20 MS and Ph.D. students,
     and Ph.D. degrees.                                                and has over y refereed journal articles and conference
                                                                       papers. He developed and o ered short courses and
     Paul has earned teaching awards throughout his career.            workshops on vibration analysis and monitoring techniques
     He is currently on the “Master Educator” list, to which           for fault diagnosis/rotor dynamics and uid power circuit
     he was rst elected in 2006. He is known for helping               analysis and design in Jordan and in Saudi Arabia. He
     students understand basic principles and visualize the            obtained his BS degree in Aerospace and Mechanical
     results. Students say that he uses humor to create a              Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1976 and
     relaxed atmosphere that is conducive to learning.     e           his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1982.
     Wandmacher Teaching Award is given annually to only one
     individual across the College.

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Faculty Profile: Dr. Grant                                 Dr. G.R. Liu Joins Faculty
Schaffner                                                  as Ohio Eminent Scholar
Dr. Scha ner joined the Aerospace Engineering             Dr. Gui-Rong Liu joined the University
Department at UC as an Assistant Professor in             of Cincinnati’s School of Aerospace
September 2009 following a                                Systems as Ohio Eminent Scholar in
year as an Adjunct Professor.                             September 2010. He has made signi cant
He teaches spacecra design                                contributions in the area of computational
and orbital mechanics, as                                 methods, especially in meshfree methods
well as integrated spacecra                               and advanced nite element methods. He
engineering and spacecra                                  established the G space theory, principles
dynamics. He plans to set                                 for W2 formulations, and the families of
up a lab to examine human                                 smoothed nite element methods and
health and survival in extreme                            smoothed point interpolation methods. His
environments, focusing                                    methods have been widely applied to solve
on space ight and combat                                  solid mechanics, material and geometric
applications.                                             nonlinear problems, uid dynamics, and
                                                           uid-structural interaction problems
Most recently, Dr. Scha ner                               in engineering systems as well as bio-
has been working as a Sta                                 systems. A highly productive and well-cited
Scientist at BAE Systems in                               scholar in the area of computer modeling
Fair eld, Ohio. His work                                  and simulation, Dr. Liu is the author of
involved computational                                    nine books including Mesh Free Method:
simulation of vehicle                                     Moving Beyond the Finite Element Method
and human dynamics during blast and rollover              and Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics: A
events. Prior to that, he worked for six years at the     Meshfree Particle Method. He is also the
NASA Johnson Space Center developing exercise             Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal
countermeasures to space ight induced physiological       of Computational Methods and a member
changes; performing critical mission task                 of the Executive Council of the International
assessments; and examining human performance                                           Association for
and injury risk during extravehicular activity. He also                                Computational
served on the NASA Lunar Architecture Team for                                         Mechanics.
the Constellation Program.                                                             Dr. Liu comes
                                                                                       to UC from
Dr. Scha ner has a rich background in the aerospace                                    the National
industry. He has worked on the Space Shuttle                                           University of
Wakeshield Facility, the COMET (Commercial                                             Singapore where
Experiment Transport) spacecra , Boeing satellites,                                    he was Director
the Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, and Pratt                                        of the Centre
& Whitney rocket motor gimbals. In addition, he                                        for Advanced
has worked on multiple experiments own on the                                          Computations
Space Shuttle and Space Station to explore structural                                  in Engineering
dynamics and control, protein crystal growth, and                                      Science.
semiconductor fabrication.
                                                                                      An additional
Dr. Scha ner is a member of the American Institute                                    Eminent Scholar
of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Aerospace         chair (in Experimental Fluid Dynamics) is
Medical Association. He received his bachelor’s and       currently held by Dr. Ephraim Gutmark.
master’s degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics             e School of Aerospace systems is unique
from MIT in 1989 and 1995, respectively, and his          in the State of Ohio in having two Eminent
doctorate in Medical Engineering from the Harvard -       Scholar chairs.
MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

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    Dr. Wade Retires                          Jim’s many contributions in his 50+      In 1979, Professor Khosla joined
                                              year career will be missed, but we       the faculty of the Department of
    Professor James “Jim” Wade                wish him and his wife Annie well,        Aerospace Engineering and Applied
    announced his retirement from the         as they both move on to enjoy their      Mechanics at UC. He continued
    Department in June 2009. Jim was          retirement.                              his research and teaching activities
    an early graduate of the Aeronautical                                              in CFD and related areas, and he
    Engineering program at UC-                                                         was supported by numerous grants
    graduating in 1957. He went on to
                                              Dr. Khosla Retires                       from AFOSR, ONR, and several
    a career in the Air Force, rising to                                               NASA centers. He was an important
    the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and        A er thirty-one years of service         contributor to the NASA Center of
    educationally completing his Ph.D.        to the Department of Aerospace           Excellence in Computational Fluid
    degree at the Air Force Institute of      Engineering and Engineering              Dynamics in the Department, and
    Technology. Jim’s responsibilities        Mechanics (now the School of             to the UC/NASA University Space
    in the Air Force covered a range          Aerospace Systems),                                    Engineering Research
    of duties at the Flight Dynamics          Professor Prem Khosla                                  Center on Health
    Laboratory at Wright Patterson in         retired at the end of June                             Monitoring of Space
    Dayton, as well as an assignment          as Professor Emeritus.                                 Propulsion Systems
    on the faculty at the US Air Force                                                               in the College. He
    Academy.                                  A er completing his                                    received several student
                                              PhD requirements                                       recognition awards, and
    Jim grew up in Cincinnati, graduated      at Punjab University                                   he was very active in the
    from Hughes High School adjacent          in India, in 1964                                      College of Engineering’s
    to the University, and is noted as        Professor Khosla                                       Emerging Ethnic
    one of the rst African-American           accepted a position as                                 Engineers program
    graduates at UC College of                a Research Associate                                   for underrepresented
    Engineering. us, upon retirement          in the Department of                                   groups in Engineering.
    from the Air Force, it is notable that    Aerospace Engineering and Applied
    he joined the College of Engineering      Mechanics at the Polytechnic             In 1994, Prof. Khosla was appointed
    in 1979 as an Assistant Dean, in          Institute of Brooklyn (now the           the Associate Department Head,
    charge of the minority-engineering        Polytechnic Institute of New York        where he served the Department
    program with the goal of increased        University). Shortly therea er, he was   admirably until his recent retirement.
    recruitment and retention of              appointed to the department faculty      Prem was usually the rst contact
    minorities in the College.                and began his distinguished career in    for most prospective students who
                                              research and teaching in the areas of    visited the Department, and the
    Jim le the Dean’s                                  aerodynamics, rare ed gas       enthusiasm for the Department
    o ce to become a                                   dynamics and computational      that he generated is evidenced by
    full-time teaching                                   uid dynamics (CFD). Prem      the large number of students who
    faculty member in                                  collaborated with other         joined the Department as freshmen.
    the Department.                                    faculty members on a several    In addition, Prem was one of the
    As instructor, Jim                                 research grants and advised     primary architects and supporters of
    taught almost all                                  several PhD students.      is   the Department’s highly successful
    the structures                                     resulted in numerous papers     ACCEND program, where highly
    oriented courses                                   at technical conferences        quali ed students receive MS degrees
    in the Aerospace                                   and articles in major           shortly a er their BS degrees.
    Department, and                                    technical journals. In 1973,
    also took over duties                              the international journal,      Professor Khosla’s intelligence, warm
    administering the                                  Computers and Fluids, was       smile, wit, and key insights will be
    College Mechanics program. He                      established by Pergamon         missed by the students that he taught
    served as AIAA Student Branch             Press. Prem played a major role in       and advised, by his fellow faculty
    faculty adviser, a stint as Department    the development of this journal, and     members, by the sta , and by all who
    Graduate Director, and a host of          he continued to serve on its Editorial   had the joy of working with him on a
    other professorial administrative         Board throughout his career.             regular basis. We wish him well in his
    duties.                                                                            retirement.

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Meet our new Adjunct Faculty
                                                                                    How to Make a
Mr. Barry Hunt obtained his BS and MS from Cambridge University Trinity
College. He has extensive industrial experience rst at British Aerospace and
                                                                                    Gift to the School of
later at GE Aviation in Knowledge Based System Integration and in Heat Transfer     Aerospace Systems
and Fluid Systems Design.
                                                                                       e School appreciates alumni
Mr. Johnathan Morarity is Program Manager at Belcan Corporation with                support at any level. If you would
expertise in control system so ware and engine modeling and simulation. He          like to contribute to the School’s
obtained his BS from Case Western Reserve and his MS from the University of         important mission, please
Cincinnati.                                                                         make your check out to the UC
                                                                                    Foundation/School of Aerospace
Dr. Stephen K. Shirooni received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the         Systems and send to:
University of Cincinnati and his MS and BS from the University of Louisville. He
is currently the Lead Manager of Large Military Engines Rotating Part Design        University of Cincinnati
at General Electric Aviation in Evendale where his responsibilities over the past   College of Engineering and
years were in the areas of heat transfer and secondary ow, engine airplane          Applied Science
integration and Large Military Engines.                                             O ce of Development
                                                                                    PO Box 210018
Adjunct Faculty Profile: Dr. Pamela Menges                                           Cincinnati, OH 45221-0018

                                                                                    On-line gi s can be made at
Pamela A. Menges, Ph.D., joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering
                                                                                    www.Giveto.UC.edu. Indicate
and Engineering Mechanics as an adjunct faculty member. She is President and
                                                                                    that the gi is for the School of
CEO of Aerospace Research Systems, Inc. (ARSI), a 16-year old research and
                                                                                    Aerospace Systems when lling
development rm completing the detail design phase of the Ramstar Orbital
                                                                                    out the on-line giving form.
Spaceplane. e ARSI spaceplane is derived from Dr. Menges’ hypersonic UAV
developed through her doctoral research.

Upon completion the Ramstar Spaceplane Flying Testbed will be licensed and own as an experimental jet and provide a
platform for mission planning, analysis and simulation as well as integration of new technologies. e Ramstar spaceplane
is designed as a modular vehicle to allow for up-grades and modi cations and new technologies evolve. e project
includes new materials and optronic systems to reduce power consumption and improve reliability for space systems.

Dr. Menges, whose degrees include mathematics, biomathematics and high-energy physics, has more than 15 years
experience in research and engineering. A er completing her postdoctoral research at Los Alamos National Laboratory
in Space Engineering and International Technology groups, she returned to ARSI in 1998 as President and Director of
                                               Engineering. She is an experienced ight test engineer and commercial
                                               pilot. Her research includes hypersonics, arti cial intelligence and
    Faculty Awards                             biomimetic and advanced functional materials, reusable launch vehicles,
                                               adaptive and modular wind generators.
    Dr. Bruce Walker won the College’s
  Master Educator award presented on           Dr. Menges is a senior member of the American Institute for Aeronautics
  June 4, 2009                                 and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the American Physical
                                               Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the
    Dr. Kelly Cohen won the 2009 Neil          Archaeological Institute of America.
  Wandmacher Teaching award for Young          She was recently made a fellow of
  Faculty presented on June 4, 2009 and        the NASA Institute for Advanced
  the Kenneth Harris James Prize 2010          Concepts for her work in developing
  award given by the Aerospace Industries      a new class of functional structures
  Division from the Institution of             and biomimetic computers applied
  Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom         to apping wing ight and morphing

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   D E P A R T M E N T                    S P O T L I G H T

       Aero Propulsion and Gas Dynamics Lab
                   named in honor of
                                            Widen Tabakoff
    e University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees approved on November 17, 2009 the
  naming of the 300 Rhodes Aero Propulsion lab a er Prof. Tabako .

  Widen Tabako , was born in Bulgaria, received a master of science degree in mechanical
  engineering from the University of Prague in 1941. His interest in pursuing aerospace
  engineering postgraduate studies took him to the University of Berlin where he studied
  for only one semester before Hitler’s advancing army forced him to move to Vienna to
  continue his studies. Tabako earned his PhD in 1945 from the University of Berlin and
  continued his research there until 1947, working with Werner von Braun—who had been
  a member of Tabako ’s thesis committee— and Hans von Ohein—who led gas turbine

  Tabako le Berlin in 1947 to join von Ohein and other scientists in their e orts to
  develop supersonic aircra . He worked in Argentina until 1955, when he returned to
  Germany to work for Hoechst AG. In that same year the U.S. Army invited Tabako
                                                                                              o traveled
  to join Werner von Braun’s research group in Huntsville, Alabama. During this time Tabako traveled to Cincinnati on
  assignment to work with the U.S. Army Engineering Division Laboratory (formerly located on the Ohio River) to test high
  temperature alloy materials developed by a contractor for use in the nozzle of the Saturn V rocket.

  Tabako ’s family very much liked their life in Cincinnati, even though he worked for the Army based in Huntsville.
                                                                                          e                           e
  Army wanted to retain Tabako ’s services and agreed that he and his family could live permanently in Cincinnati. is
  development in his professional career led to an o er from the University of Cincinnati to become a member of the
  aerospace faculty also.

                                                                                        ets t fellf
  At this time the Air Force was experiencing problems in locating the payloads of rockets that fell into the ocean many
                                                                                          ce’s failure
  miles away from the launch sites. Tabako and a colleague determined that the Air Force’s failure to take into account
                                                                                         ted. T
                                                                                             . Together, the
  the prevailing wind conditions at launch was the reason the payloads could not be located. Together, the two scientists
  undertook to pinpoint the entry locations in the ocean where the payloads ended up by painstakingly using slide rule
  calculations to compile a grid of possible locations based on the wind conditions.   e Air Force used the grid to station
                                                                                        rt Tabako
  two ships ten miles apart so that the payloads could be quickly recovered. For his e ort Tabako received the sum of
  $20,000 along with a salary for continued work.

  As a new faculty member, Tabako was anxious to develop a laboratory where he could experiment on the detonation of
  materials for rockets and aircra . Sponsored by the Army, he re-located a wind tunnel supported by “monster” air tanks
                                                                                  f                tf
  (3500 3 @ 200 psig) from WPAFB to the University of Cincinnati at the cost of $50,000. Support from government and
                                                                                     s,                         sfer facilities,
                                                                                                                sfer fac
  industry allowed for additional features of the laboratory including cascade tunnels, combustion and heat transfer facilities,
  and turbo machinery test facilities.

  Tabako worked with colleagues in astronomy, mathematics, and physics to establish graduate studies at the university—
  the Graduate School of the University of Cincinnati—where MS and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering became
  available in 1959. Tabako was named the AerospaceDepartment’s Director of Graduate Studies in that same year.

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Tabako built a strong research program in propulsion and also taught courses. Increasingly, many of his students included
employees of General Electric Aircra Engines (GEAE) in Evendale. Tabako worked within the university to obtain
approval for a degree program for employees of GE who wanted to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati.
   e program, called the GE Advanced Engineering Course, was designed as a co-op program for graduate students who
attended classes at UC and GE-Evendale. Since the rst class of students in the GE-AE/UC program graduated in 1969,
1,000 GE employees have obtained their graduate degrees.

In 1968 Tabako ’s proposal for a propulsion multidisciplinary NASA sponsored center was awarded and he served as
director of Project emis, involving 11 faculty from three departments—Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science,
and Chemical Engineering. Funding of Project emis exceeded $6M and provided support for many graduate students
over ten years. In the course of performing work on Project emis, Tabako continuously upgraded the research
infrastructure, shaping the Propulsion Research Laboratory’s into a world-class experimental facility. Research in the
Propulsion Laboratory has evolved and the lab has been the mainstay testing facility for Tabako ’s acclaimed erosion
testing work.

In 1972 Tabako was named one of the U.S. Army’s “Men of Achievement” for his work with the U.S. Army Research
O ce. He developed a unique erosion wind tunnel that simulates the aerodynamic conditions for turbo-machine blades
exposed to high temperature particulate ows. e erosion tunnel was also used to measure particle “restitution ratios”
employing Laser Doppler Velocimetry.

   roughout his career, Tabako has been dedicated to providing opportunity for underrepresented students to pursue
engineering education. His approach has been to empower students, providing the nurture and structure for persons
of all demographic and cultural backgrounds to discover their potential. Case in point—he has served as a mentor for
underrepresented high school students through the Army’s Research and Education Apprenticeship Program (REAP) for
over twenty ve years.

Tabako is an AIAA and ASME Fellow and the recipient of the prestigious ASME Fluid Machinery Design Award. He
managed several major multidisciplinary research projects and produced over 500 publications. He has been a thesis
advisor for more than 500 M.S. and 30 Ph.D. students. He has had externally sponsored research support every year of his
career at the University of Cincinnati.

Over $100M monetary funds are traced directly and as a consequence of Prof. Tabako ’s contributions over his 50
years career at UC. rough continued external sponsored research funding he built the necessary infrastructure of high
pressure air supply, storage tanks, etc currently valued at $20M for the Propulsion Lab at 300 Rhodes Hall. e named lab
facilities gave UC the competitive advantage for several State awards totaling over $33M.

Department Head Awatef Hamed spoke for generations of persons whose lives have been touched by the genius and
humanity of Widen Tabako . She said, “We are lucky he came here.”

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   S T U D E N T                 N E W S
  Senior Honored with UC’s                                         Her maternal grandparents are also graduates of UC.
                                                                   Mitchell was president of her high school’s Women in
  Presidential Leadership and                                      Science and Engineering program and was captain of
  Herman Schneider Medals of                                       the Science Olympiad Team. She was a two-time winner
                                                                   at the Intel International Science and Engineering
  Excellence                                                       Fair. Her other activities include a love of flying (she
                                                                   holds a student pilot’s license), diving (she competed
  Ashley Verho , an ASE senior                                     in national, state and regional springboard diving
  who graduated in Spring 2009,                                    competitions) and music (piano and guitar). Mitchell
  was one of the three University                                  is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership
  of Cincinnati graduates honored                                  School in Mountaineering. She previously earned college
  with the university’s most                                       credit in physics at the University of Louisville, where
  prestigious award for academic                                   she also held a three-year internship as a researcher in
  excellence, leadership, character,                               the astrophysics department.
  service and dedication to university ideals. Verho has also      Mitchell’s service activities
  been named the College of Engineering Herman Schneider           included work with an
  Medalist in recognition of her cooperative education             organization that provided
  achievements.                                                    horseback riding therapy
                                                                   to special needs children.
  She was Assistant Lead for this year’s “Battle of the Rockets”   She also worked with fifth-
  team, which won rst place in the precision altitude              grade girls to encourage their
  competition. She was also vice president of the UC chapter       interest in math and science
  of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics        fields. She says UC’s co-op program, the diverse student
  (AIAA), and was treasurer of the Ohio Beta Chapter of            body and the beautiful campus helped her commit to
  Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. Verho credits             pursuing her college education at UC.
  her hometown family values for her academic success.
  “Although neither my mother nor my father attended
  college, this does not exclude them from being the most          Deans Award - Robert Charvat
  important role models in my life,” she says. “ ey have
  never allowed me to forget the in nite opportunities that           e Dean’s Award is given annually to a senior engineering
  education can o er and they continue to provide constant         student who has exhibited distinctive qualities of leadership
  encouragement of my passions.”                                   and rendered outstanding service to the College. is year’s
                                                                   winner is Robert Charvat, senior in the Department of
  Sophia Mitchell, $80,000                                         Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.
  Cincinnatus Scholarship Recipient                                GE has also gured prominently in Rob’s academic life. In
                                                                   his co-op quarters he has tested jet engines at the Peebles
  Ten incoming freshmen, including Aerospace Engineering           Test Center, initiated cost savings measures, and completed
  student Sophia Mitchell, are recipients of the full, four-year   two major projects with GE. More recently, Rob has worked
  $80,000 Cincinnatus scholarship, an award that covers            on research with several UC faculty; projects include
  tuition, room and board, books and fees.                         everything from space robotics to combustion systems.
                                                                   He is currently working with Dr. Kelly Cohen to develop
  Sophia Mitchell, Louisville, Ky. – e 18-year-old                 algorithms that will optimize the resources used to ght
  graduate of duPont Manual Magnet High School is                  forest res. Rob notes that last year in
  majoring in aerospace engineering and is joining the             California alone, 500,000 acres were
  College of Engineering and Applied Science’s ACCEND              destroyed by re.
  program, an accelerated five-year engineering program
  in which students earn their bachelor and master’s               He credits his “amazing parents” and
  degrees. She is joining the University Honors Program            the many other people who have
  for academically talented students. She follows a family         assisted him along the way for his
  of Bearcats including her mother, who attended the               success. Following graduation, Rob will
  College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning               continue in UC’s Master’s program in
  (DAAP), and her father, who earned undergraduate and             Aerospace Engineering.
  graduate degrees from UC before going to law school.

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Sydney Barker, Scholar-Athlete,                            me and providing needed funds for our group project.
                                                           Additionally, I appreciate the support from the University
Wins Best Poster at the 2010                               of Cincinnati and my professors for helping me take
Ohio Space Grant Consortium                                advantage of this unique opportunity.
                                                           Aerospace Student Awarded “Best
                            Sydney Barker a pre-junior
                            in Aerospace and a member      Project” in Summer REU Program
                            of the Emerging Ethnic
                            Engineers Program earned       On August 13, 2009, Mr. Cody
                            award for the best poster      Lafountain received the “Best
                            for the STEM presentations     Project” from summer Research
                            at the April 2010 Ohio         Experience for Undergraduates
                            Space Grant Consortium         (REU) program. Mr. Lafountain, a
                            Symposium in Cleveland,        senior in Aerospace Engineering,
                            Ohio. e Ohio Space             and his winning project
Grant Consortium sponsors the annual STEM (Science         “Development of an Airfoil Design
Technology Engineering and Mathematics) symposium.         Tool for Morphing Aircra ” was
                                                           guided by his faculty mentor Dr.
   e participating schools were Ohio State, University     Kelly Cohen.
of Cincinnati, University of Akron, Ohio University,
Cleveland State University, University of Dayton, Wright
State, Ohio Northern University, University of Toledo,     Student News
Central State University, Miami University, Cedarville
University, Air Force Institute of Technology, and         Krista Kirievich, a junior undergraduate student was
Wilberforce University.                                    awarded the AIAA Foundation Leatrice Gregory Pendray
                                                           Scholarship worth $2000. (2010-2011)
Sydney was selected as Scholar-Athlete of the Month in
September 2010. She is a mid elder and captain of the      Chris Porter, Junior, earned a NASA Scholarship valued at
women’s soccer team.                                       $15,000 per year for two years. (March 2009)

                                                           Chelsea Sabo, a PhD student won the Open Topic
   e NASA Academy at the John                              Graduate Award worth $5000. Chelsea has also been given
                                                           the opportunity to present her award-winning research,
Glenn Research Center, Summer                              mentored by Dr. Kelly Cohen, at an AIAA Conference.
2009                                                       (2010-2011)
by Adam Miller (ASE ‘11)                                   ASE graduate students Chelsea Sabo, Nicholas Hanlon,
                                                           and Kris Korte won the prestigious NSF GK-12 Project
   e summer of 2009, I was privileged to participate in    STEP Fellowship for 2009-2011. ese awards are worth a
the NASA Academy at the John Glenn Research Center         total of $150,000.
in Cleveland. e one word I would use to describe my
experience - intense.                                         e winners of the 34th Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace
                                                           Sciences Symposium Technical Presentation Competition
During my time in Cleveland, I worked with Dr. Geo rey     are:
Landis recording and analyzing solar power data from the   Marshall Galbraith, a PhD student, won the 2010 Best
Mars rovers to study the e ect of Martian dust storms on   Tech presentation award for his Flow Control, Multi-Row,
solar power arrays and power sustainability.               “Micro-Ramp Actuators for Shock Wave Boundary-Layer
                                                           Interaction Control” research.
   e NASA Academy was truly an amazing experience.
                                                           Daniel Cuppoletti, a PhD student, won the 2010 Best Tech
While this program requires a signi cant personal
                                                           presentation award for his Combustion and Fuels, “High-
commitment, unlike more conventional co-ops, it gives a
                                                           Frequency Combustion Instabilities with Radial V-Gutter
unique, in-depth look at NASA and its workings. I cannot
                                                           Flame Holders” research.
thank the Ohio Space Consortium enough for sponsoring

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   S T U D E N T               S P O T L I G H T

                                             UC Aerospace Students
                                             Bring Home
                                                            1st, 2nd, &
                                                          3rd Place
                                     from Intercollegiate Competitions

  UC SEDS Team Wins                           required entrants to design and y           were 99.5% accurate to their target
                                              a rocket and Mars lander cra . e            altitude, far above the 80% of the
  Battle of the Rockets                       precision altitude competition required     second place team.      e team hence
  Competition                                 teams to deliver the lander to 1,200 feet   established a strong precedent for AsE
                                              and provide for the stable and upright      underclassmen to excel in future space
  2009 marked the rst year for a new          descent of the lander and rocket.           science design- build- y competitions.
  student group, the UC Students for the
  Exploration and Development of Space        Dr. Grant Scha ner served as                   e team members were:
  (SEDS). Formed by three seniors,            advisor for UC’s RockCats team. Dr.         Ryan Noble (Team Lead), Zachary
  UC SEDS is a local chapter of an            Scha ner possessed a rare insight           Kier (Assistant Team Lead), Ashley
  international organization dedicated        into engineering talents, project           Verho (Assistant Team Lead), Adam
                      to the exploration      management, and demonstrated an             Clark, Melissa Scha er, Scott Mindel,
                      of space.     e         authentic desire to guide the students      Isaac Ozinga, Rachel Edgerly, and Alex
                      group sponsors          into becoming talented engineers.           Handley
                      participation of the       e art of interacting with one’s peers,
                                              especially under con ict, was a tenet
                      spacecra design
                                              Dr. Scha ner seamlessly wove into
                                                                                          Hellcats Place 2nd in
                      track class in a
                      design-build- y         lectures on more traditional aerospace      SAE 2010 Aero Design
                      competition.            sciences.                                   East Competition
                        UC SEDS                 e e orts of the UC RockCats were
                                                                                             e University of Cincinnati competed
                        sponsored UC          well rewarded with the title of 2009
                                                                                          in the annual SAE Aero Design East
  RockCats to compete in the rst ever         Battle of the Rockets Champion. e
                                                                                          competition, held last spring in Fort
  Praxis, Inc. Battle of the Rockets 2009.    UC RockCats’s spacecra submission
                                                                                          Worth, Texas. e competition goals
    is intercollegiate rocket competition     achieved an altitude of 1,207 feet. ey

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for the Regular class were to design        Ghimire, Cody
and construct a radio controlled            Lafountain (team
aircra to carry maximum payload             leader), Matt Finke,
given design constraints of a speci ed      Danielle Grage,
engine size and an combined total           Joel Ruschman,
length, width, and height of 200            Bhupatindra Malla,
inches.                                     Alex Koporc, Pablo
                                            Mora Sanchez,
More than 60 teams, from the United         Brandon Handy,
States, Brazil, Canada, Poland, Puerto      Clayton Ross,
Rico, and India competed in three size      Charles Njoka, and
classes. e Hellcats placed 2nd behind       Prakhar Aghamkar.
a Brazilian team among 45 teams in
the Regular class, ahead of all other
United States teams including the
winner of the SAE Aero Design West          Amass                                       Out of a total of 43 teams from seven
competition.      eir design consisted of   Another Win                                 di erent countries, the University of
a high-mono-wing aircra weighing in                                                     Cincinnati Aerocats took 3rd place
at just over eight pounds. Increasing                                                   overall in the competition losing only
                                            Aerospace Senior Aircra Design
                            payload over                                                to two Brazilian teams, making the
                                            Team, the Aerocats, took 3rd place
                            six rounds                                                  Aerocats national champions!!
                                            at the 2009 SAE Aero-design East
                            of ights,
                                            competition in the regular class (Elliott
                            the Hellcats                                                   e Aerocats also won the NASA
                                            Green Award) April 2009. Brazilian
                            were able                                                   Systems Engineering Award that
                                            teams took 1st and 2nd place. Mr. John
                            to carry a                                                  recognizes the team’s success in
                                            Livingston was the team advisor and
                            maximum                                                     applying the systems engineering
                                            Dr. Santiago Panzardi was the team
                            of 29.23                                                    process to the SAE Aero Design.
more than 350% of the aircra weight,                                                       e team members were: Ashtin
                                               e 2009 Society of Automotive
leading to a total combined score                                                       Dragoo (Team Lead), Kevin Hendricks
                                            Engineering Aero Design Competition
of 236.1376, just 1.2426 behind the                                                     (Team Lead), Kris Aber (Team Lead),
                                            required students to design, build
winning team.       e teams would like                                                  Steve Gobrogge, Daniel Galbraith,
                                            and y a remote controlled aircra .
to thank their pilot Santiago Panzardi                                                           William VonHagen, Ryan
                                            Criteria for winning
and their advisor John Livingston, for                                                           Klenke, Steve Williamson,
                                            included the team’s
their guidance and support through                                                               Jason Nimersheim, Kyle
                                            design report, oral
the complex process involved in a                                                                Seger, and Mark Stecher.
                                            presentation, and
competition at such a high level.
                                             ight scores based
                                            on the payload
  e Hellcats team included: Dilip
                                            weight of the aircra .

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University of Cincinnati
College of Engineering and Applied Science
School of Aerospace Systems
P.O. Box 210070
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0070

 A L U M N I            N E W S
 Kathleen Atkins, BS ASE ‘90, was elected to the AIAA       Isaac Ozinga, BS ASE ‘09, currently works at NASA’s
 Board of Directors as Director - Technical, Aerospace      Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX recently shared
 Design, and Structures Group                               a spectacular picture of the STS-128
                                                            mission launch. According to Isaac, “You
 Jessica (Steinberger) Brueggeman, ASE ‘08, began           can clearly see the shockwaves coming out
 working at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM      of the exhaust of all three main engines
 in January 2009 as the Senior Space Intelligence Analyst   that is normally not visible during the
 supporting Air Force Research Lab’s Space Vehicles and     daytime launches.”
 Directed Energy Directorates. She married Michael Scott
 Brueggeman on March 7, 2009 and they are expecting         Ralph Spitzen, ASE ‘74, had this photo taken (March
 their rst child in December 2010.                          2009) a er four days on the Greenlandic icecap on their
                                                            way back to civilization with
 Matt Goettke and Carolyn (Eglet) Goettke, both ‘08 ASE     a brief stop in a small village
 graduates, had a baby boy, Joey on May 24, 2009.           (Population of 50 people and only
                                                            accessible by dogsled, boat or
 Jordan Lindsey, BS ASE ‘04, is now in the Extravehicular   foot). Ralph is on the le and his
 Activity (EVA) Branch in Houston, Texas, where he trains   son-in-law is on the right.
 astronauts to perform space walks.

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