Tag: aerospace

Reaching for the stars

Jenna Klemkowsky first became interested in math and science when she was in elementary school in Morgantown, West Virginia, but it was during an exciting camp just two hours away at the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University that she discovered her calling in life. “My love for STEM grew when I first went…




53 Game-changers: Asha-Dee Celestine

Asha-Dee Celestine, assistant professor in aerospace engineering, likes to think three-dimensionally. With a research interest in advancing additive manufacturing and 3-D printing to create new multifunctional materials, she sees the opportunity to use these materials not only in the aerospace community, but for medical and nanotechnology applications. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering…




Aeronautics all-star

John Edward Ingram, ’73 aerospace engineering, was the recipient of the 2015 Lincoln Award given by the Aircraft Structural Integrity Program. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions toward the structural integrity and safety of aircraft throughout their career. It was established in 1996 to honor John (Jack) Lincoln, who is widely regarded…




Into the lab: Aerospace Engineering

Anwar Ahmed, professor of aerospace engineering, is using an optical diagnostics technique that was modified to accommodate multiple laser beams to measure the optical path length and convective velocities in high speed flows that are dominated by eddy rotation in addition to translation. The four-beam Malley probe was developed with support from Kirtland Air Force…




Into the Lab: Aerospace Engineering

Joseph Majdalani, Auburn Alumni Engineering Council endowed professor and chair of aerospace engineering, and Joshua Batterson, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, are studying the oscillatory behavior and vibratory response, known as combustion instability, of chemical rockets, gas turbines and large combustors. These researchers are investigating the behavior of resonant combustion modes and acoustic instabilities which…




5 Minutes With… Lorenda Ward

Lorenda Ward, ’90 and ’92 aerospace engineering, is a senior investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, D.C. She investigates aviation crashes and incidents around the globe. Most recently, she traveled to western Japan to assist the Japan Transport Safety Board after an All Nippon Airways-operated Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s alarm system indicated…




Into the Lab: Aerospace

Faculty member Gil Crouse and doctoral student Brian Reitz are developing a method to make aerobatic flight by autonomous aircraft possible. Their research explores the limited flight envelope and simple maneuvers unmanned aircraft are currently able to perform on missions. Today, due to the highly nonlinear nature of aerobatic flight, traditional methods of autopilot design…




Into the Lab: Aerospace

Brian Thurow, W. Allen and Martha Reed associate professor in aerospace engineering, is working to adapt a camera technology called a plenoptic camera, or light-field camera, to study new methods for 3D velocity measurements in turbulent flows. Plenoptic cameras use a microlens array placed near an image sensor to record both the position and angle…




Run, Riddle, Run

Auburn engineer David Riddle, aerospace engineering ‘04 and ‘07 and Madison, Ala., native, is fast. Really fast. Riddle is a lead engineer at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, but he is also a competitive distance runner, competing in marathons and running ultra-distance races, those longer than a traditional 26.2 mile marathon. His personal best marathon time…