The Aerospace Engineering Distinguished Lecture brings exceptional engineering experts to share their work and interact with faculty. Preference is given to individuals with research interests in control and vehicle systems, fluid dynamics, structures and materials, and computational sciences.

The lecture series was established in 2012 through a gift from Professors Carlos Felippa and K.C. Park and Kyungja Kim Park that was matched by then-College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Rob Davis.

Invited speakers visit the department, deliver a lecture open to faculty and students, and meet with faculty and students as desired. Distinguished speakers are selected on the basis of their national and international reputation, as well as synergistic linkage with research and educational activities conducted in Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences.

Past Lectures

October 25, 2019

Richard Murray, Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology

October 25, 2018

Keith Belvin, NASA Langley Principal Technologist for Structures, Materials, and Nanotechnology

October 6, 2017

Dr. Alexander Smits, Eugene Higgins Professor, Princeton University.

October 17, 2016

Dr. Vijay Kumar, Professor and Nemirovsky Family Dean, University of Pennsylvania. Photo

April 1, 2016

Huajian Gao, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Engineering, Brown University

November 7, 2014

Dr. Dan Mote, President of the National Academy of Engineering. See presentation for additional information.

April 4, 2014 - Inaugural Lecture

George Em Karniadakis, Charles Pitts Robinson & John Palmer Barstow Professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown University, presented “From Stochastic Modeling to Fractional Modeling: New Tools in Large-Scale Simulations.” Abstract/Bio