Date:Wednesday March 19, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am

Description:Dr. Ed Smith, Founder and Director of the Vertical Lift Center of Excellence at Penn State University, will be here March 19, 10-11:30 A.M. to discuss recent accomplishments, future directions and potential collaborations between Rotorcraft Research at Penn State and UAH. Dr. Ed Smith has been a member of the Aerospace Engineering faculty at Penn State University since 1992. He attended graduate school at the University of Maryland Center for Rotorcraft Education and Research, earning MS and PhD degrees in Aerospace Engineering. After arriving back at Penn State, Dr. Smith built an active research program in helicopter dynamics. He has secured research sponsorship from the US Army (Army Research Office (1994 Young Investigator Award), AATD, AED, AFDD), US Navy (ONR, NAVAIR), NASA, Boeing Rotorcraft, Sikorsky Aircraft, Bell Helicopters, LORD Corp., Goodrich, Timken, and a number of small technology businesses. In the summer of 1995, Prof. Smith led a team of Penn State faculty members and established the Penn State Rotorcraft Center, funded by the newly formed National Rotorcraft Technology Center (NRTC). This Center, competitively renewed for five year terms in 2001, 2006, and 2011, has sparked a wide array of educational activities, new facilities, and research programs and is helping to train the next generation of rotorcraft engineers. 

Dr. Smith's research and teaching interests are in all aspects of helicopter dynamics, including tailored composite rotor blades, active vibration control, rotor lag damping and aeromechanical stability, shipboard helicopter operations, driveline dynamics, and anti-icing systems. Dr. Smith has been active in the American Helicopter Society (AHS International) and the AIAA. He has received numerous awards including the 1994 AHS Director's Award for Outstanding contributions to vertical flight technology by an AHS Member under the age of 30, the Lawrence Sperry Award from the AIAA, the 2002 Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Research Award, the 2007 Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Advising Award, and the 2013 Penn State University President¹s Award for Engagement with Students.

Ed was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He enjoys exercise, music, travel, and socializing. He serves at Captain of the Vikings in the Nittany Hockey League.

Open to all government, industry, faculty, staff, and students. Co-sponsored by RSESC and MAE at UAH.

Presenter:Dr. Ed Smith, Founder and Director of the Vertical Lift Center of Excellence at Penn State University

Location: Olin B. King Technology Hall, Room S-105

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