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Gregory honored as Purdue Outstanding Aerospace Engineer

James GregoryJames GregoryProfessor James Gregory has received the designation of Outstanding Aerospace Engineer from his alma mater, Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Gregory, who also serves as director of Ohio State’s Aerospace Research Center, is among 2018’s six distinguished honorees. According to the citation, the award recognizes the professional contributions of alumni in demonstrating excellence in industry, academia, governmental service or other endeavors that reflect the value of an aerospace engineering degree.

"Purdue taught me how to frame problems of many kinds – scientific, management or interpersonal – and the critical thinking skills to solve those problems,” said Gregory.

The award recipients represent just over 2 percent of the school’s alumni, of which Gregory is one of the more than 8500. He received his doctorate and master's degrees in aeronautics and astronautics in 2005 and 2002, respectively.

Recent career highlights include serving as Ohio State’s principal investigator as a core member of the ASSURE FAA Center of Excellence on Integrating UAS in the National Airspace System, as well as leading an Ohio State research team to set a world record for an unmanned aerial vehicle flight.