Smith named American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow

Lindsay Edling
November 17, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Edward Smith, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State and director of the Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE), has been named an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Associate Fellow. Smith will be inducted as a member of the Class of 2017 Associate Fellows.

The grade of Associate Fellow recognizes individuals “who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.”

“I feel very proud,” said Smith. “I owe a lot of gratitude to several of my colleagues here at Penn State and those that have conducted research with me in teams. It’s a great honor to be recognized by the professional society in my field.”

With an in-depth grasp in helicopter and rotorcraft dynamics, Smith has spent his career exploring many modernized aspects of flight vehicles including vibration control, aeromechanical stability and anti-icing systems. As director of the VLRCOE, he administers flight simulations, conducts research in flight acoustics and helps design advanced flight vehicles.

Smith has been actively involved with the AIAA for many years. He has served on its Structural Dynamics Technical Committee and has been a regular presenter, along with his students, at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech).

A Penn State faculty member since 1992, Smith has been recognized with awards and honors including a 1994 American Helicopter Society (AHS) Director’s Award for outstanding contributions to vertical flight technology, the 2002 AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, a 2002 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Outstanding Research Award, and a 2007 PSEAS Outstanding Advising Award. He is also an AHS Technical Fellow.

Smith, along with the other recipients of the 2017 Associate Fellow Award, will be honored and formally inducted at the AIAA Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, in conjunction with AIAA SciTech.

  • Ed Smith, professor of aerospace engineering

    Edward Smith, professor of aerospace engineering, has been named an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow.

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Last Updated November 17, 2016