Alumnus Honored with Presidential Early Career Award
Ohio State alumnus Dr. Onome Scott-Emuakpor was one among the 102 individuals receiving a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers this past spring. He is currently a a civilian employee of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Aerospace Systems Directorate, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH.
The Presidential Early Career Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The award was presented in a White House ceremony attended by U.S. President Barack Obama in April.
Scott-Emuakpor received his graduate degrees in mechanical engineering at Ohio State (MS ’04 and PhD ’07). His graduate advisor was Professor Mo-How Shen. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Wright State University in 2002.
Today, he is the AFRL Turbine Engine Integrity Branch technical lead in the development of new life prediction models and the improvement of fatigue and fracture understanding in gas turbine engine components. He developed an energy-based critical fatigue life prediction method that has led to a greater understanding of fatigue problems in gas turbine engines, allowing for increased durability and safety of engine components. He serves as the structural dynamics technical lead for several developmental projects, including the Efficient Small Scale Propulsion Program, investigating the design of an advanced and affordable small core engine concept for remotely piloted vehicles.
Additionally, he is the structural dynamics lead for the Supersonic Turbine Engine Long Range program, which enables Mach 3+ rapid-response technologies. He has also participated in a number of investigative teams to help solve aircraft operational issues. Scott-Emuakpor is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the National Society of Black Engineers. He serves as mentor to engineering and non-engineering students, and he is a community volunteer.