My First (and Last) Reappointment Seminar
Abstract: After nearly 25 years of teaching in the University of Colorado’s Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, I find myself called upon to present my first seminar for my reappointment. The seminar will cover my personal history at CU Aerospace Engineering; my international, national, and collegiate society involvement this past year at CU; changes made to ASEN 4138 (Aircraft Design) to teach remotely due to Covid-19; and finishing up with what my students learn in Aircraft Design Class (whether they want to or not)!
Bio: Dr. Gerren graduated from the University of Colorado’s Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences with her B.S. in 1977 and her M.S. in 1979. She subsequently obtained an M.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas, studying under legendary aircraft designer Dr. Jan Roskam.
She has experience as an intern at Lockheed Martin in Waterton, Colorado, as a Mass Properties Engineer, working on Titan missiles. She also served as an intern at Johnson Space Center in Houston as a technical journalist on the joint US/Soviet space mission, Apollo-Soyuz.
Her professional experience includes working at Douglas Aircraft Co. in Long Beach, California, DARCorporation in Lawrence, Kansas, and NASA Dryden (Armstrong) Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, California, before being hired as an instructor here in the department by Chair Dick Seebass.
Dr. Gerren has earned numerous teaching awards, including CU’s Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in Education in 2002, awarded to less than 1% of CU engineering alumni. She also received a Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship in 2007, in time to see the first Dreamliner roll out of the Everett factory. Dr. Gerren is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Fellow of SAWE. She has a pilot’s license and is proud to have flown 80 parabolas on the KC-135 “Vomit Comet”, tossing her cookies only once.