Valasek is being cited for “Pioneering contributions and outstanding leadership in flight mechanics and control leading to new capabilities in autonomous air refueling, morphing flight, and flight safety.”
“The work and leadership of the AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows consistently ensures that today’s aerospace dreams become tomorrow’s realities,” said AIAA President Jim Maser. “They are individuals who have each shown a tireless dedication to shaping the future of aerospace. AIAA congratulates the members of the 2017 Class of Fellows and Honorary Fellows on their selection."
The induction ceremony will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on May 3 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
This summer, Sean will be working at Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida participating in the Air Armament Scholars summer program. He will be working with Dr. Anton VanderWyst on the project “Stable Mathematics for High Dimensional Uncertainty,” which consists of using the Generic Hypersonic Vehicle (GHV) six-degree-of-freedom (6DOF) simulation to examine how computational model input uncertainties impact overall vehicle performance. Sean will work with local aerospace guidance/navigation/control (GNC) disciplines to evaluate different methods for dealing with moderate-dimensional algorithms. Specific techniques that will be introduced include mathematical numeric stability, uncertainty quantification (UQ), Markov-chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) estimation and Bayesian networks.
The ISTC addresses the application of Intelligent System (IS) technologies and methods to aerospace systems, the verification and validation of these systems, and the education of the AIAA membership in the use of IS technologies in aerospace and other technical disciplines.
Han-Hsun "Jack" Lu is a 2014 M.S. engineering science graduate of National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.
The technical goal is to identify the most efficient materials, architectures, structures and means of deployment/reconfiguration, system autonomy and energy management solutions needed to optimally project/generate a micro-environment around space assets. This novel solution is called an energy-projecting system (EPS). For example, compact packed thin-layer reflective structures unfolding to large areas, can reflect solar energy, warming and illuminating assets such as exploration rovers on Mars or human habitats on the Moon.
The primary benefit of this study is to enable missions that would otherwise be too technologically challenging and/or expensive, in particular those that would involve long periods of time without direct solar input or RTGs, the availability of which may be limited in the future.
Details of the award citation and remarks by Professor Valasek can be viewed HERE.
Professor Valasek joins previous recipients of the Leland Atwood Award in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University: Stan H. Lowy (1977), John L. Junkins (1988), Walter E. Haisler (1990), Leland A. Carlson (1997), and Helen L. Reed (2007).
Support for the project was provided by the Texsas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's Technical Assistance Program, headed by Dr. Dale Cope.
The NPR interview can be heard by clicking on the Listen Now button below the UAS picture HERE.
The television interview can be viewed HERE.
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance (this excludes dental and vision insurance).
The Texas A&M chapter of SGT focuses largely on service. Members mentor freshmen and assist students in sophomore, junior, and occasionally senior level aerospace engineering courses through tutoring and review sessions. Additionally, SGT organizes departmental socials and helps new and prospective aerospace engineering students. SGT is also involved with the community through participation in service activities, food drives, visits to local middle schools and high schools to enlighten students about engineering. SGT also provides interactive exhibits, such as wind tunnels and flight simulators for Discover Engineering, E-Day, the Physics and Engineering Festival, and other Texas A&M College of Engineering events.
- Dr. Anshu Narang-Siddarth (Ph.D. '12) is an Assistant Professor in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronatuics at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- Dr. Kenton Kirkpatrick (B.S. '07, M.S. '09, Ph.D. '13) is a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rice University, Houston, TX.
- Dr. Elizabeth Rollins (Ph.D. '13) is an Engineering Educator in the Aerospace Engineering Department at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.
- Frank Arthurs is a 2013 B.S. aerospace engineering graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.
- Douglas Famularo is a 2012 B.S. engineering physics and 2013 M.Eng. systems engineering graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
- Dipanjan Saha is a 2012 dual degree B. Tech. (Hons.) in Instrumentation Engineering and a M. Tech. in Control Systems Engineering graduate of the electrical engineering department of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India.
- Josh Harris has won a 2012 NASA Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarship. This is a major award which provides tuition funds up to $15,000 for educational and related costs, and an optional 10 (Ten) week summer internship, with $10,000 stipend amount. Only 20 students were awarded out of more than 200 applicants.
- Ryan Weisman has been selected to be a member of the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee.
- Anshu Narang has been selected to be a member of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technical Committee.
- Elizabeth Rollins has been awarded a Summer Graduate Research Fellowship by the USAF. She will be working at the Air Force Research Laboratory at WPAFB this summer.
- Tim Woodbury has been awarded a summer fellowship to work at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory this summer.
- Grant Atkinson has been awarded a summer internship with Boeing.
Dr. Monish Tandale, a Research Scientist at Optimal Synthesis Inc. (OSI), based in Los Altos, California, is researching techniques to predict the "4-Dimensional Trajectory (4DT)" for every aircraft in the National Airspace. A 4DT describes the 3-dimensional position ( latitude, longitude, altitude) of aircraft at regular time intervals (time is the 4th dimension). In the paradigm of 4DT operations, all air traffic control decisions are performed based on the predicted 4DT, i.e. the predicted position of the aircraft in the future. This project resulted in the development of CARPAT™ (Computational Appliance for Rapid Prediction of Aircraft Trajectories).