Tag: aviation

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…