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AIAA Announces Gregory and McNamara as 2016 Associate Fellows

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced the election of Associate Professors James Gregory and Jack McNamara as 2016 AIAA Associate Fellows.  Individuals elected to the rank of Associate Fellow represent outstanding achievement and leadership in the international aerospace community.  Selection criteria include senior membership in AIAA, at least 12 years of professional experience and a minimum of three recommendations from current AIAA Associate Fellows or Fellows.

Jim Gregory is director of the Aerodynamic Flow Control and Advanced Diagnostics (AFCAD) Research Group at The Ohio State University, applying state-of-the-art measurement techniques to probe the underlying physics of airflow to improve aerodynamic performance, and associate director of the Aerospace Research Center for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Gregory’s research interests include application and development of pressure-sensitive paint as a diagnostic for unsteady flows, aerodynamic flow control, understanding compressible dynamic stall of rotorcraft blades and forcing three-dimensional wake structures with dielectric-barrier discharge (DBD) plasma actuators.   

Jack McNamara is director of the Multi-Physics Interactions Research Group (MIRG) at The Ohio State University and director of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)--University Collaborative Structural Sciences Center. His research interests are in areas of fluid-structural interactions and model reduction of high-dimensional dynamical systems with a synergistic focus on improving basic understanding and computational methods.  A core application target is air vehicle operation in high-speed flow regimes.  Other application areas include fluid-structural centric, multi-disciplinary interactions of wind turbines, flapping wing air vehicles, automobiles and turbomachinery. 

“We are extremely proud of Jim and Jack’s accomplishments and their admittance to the rank of Associate Fellow,” said Mo Samimy, John B. Nordholt Professor, University Distinguished Scholar and Director of Ohio State’s Aerospace Research Center.  Gregory and McNamara will be honored at a ceremony in January 2016 in San Diego, California. 

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