Two mechanical engineers win AIAA awards

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will honor Penn State Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering faculty members Kenneth K. Kuo and Richard A. Yetter at the AIAA/American Society of Mechanical Engineers/Society of Automotive Engineers/American Society of Engineering Educators Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, to be held July 31-Aug. 3 in San Diego, Calif.

Kuo, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, will receive the 2011 AIAA Wyld Propulsion Award. He is being recognized for outstanding achievement and for numerous contributions to advancements in hybrid rocket and solid rocket propulsion systems.

A Penn State faculty member since 1972, Kuo has helped build the University's research program in combustion technology. He directs the High Pressure Combustion Laboratory and has won multiple awards and citations for his work in combustion and propulsion. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from National Taiwan University, his M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his doctorate in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University.

Yetter, professor of mechanical engineering, will receive the 2011 AIAA Propellants and Combustion Award. He is being honored for his contributions to combustion science and technology for aerospace propulsion and energies.

A faculty member at Penn State since 1999, Yetter's research expertise includes combustion and environmental science, combustion chemistry, heterogeneous combustion, materials synthesis, propellant combustion, combustion-generated pollutants, atmospheric plume chemistry and chemical processing. He holds a doctorate and master's degree in mechanical engineering from Princeton University, a master's degree from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University.

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Last Updated July 25, 2011