Dr. Kenneth Van Treuren Announced in AIAA Class of 2021 Associate Fellows

October 7, 2020
Media Contact: Jill Anderson , Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science, 254.315.6581

WACO, Texas (October 7, 2020) – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced its Class of 2021 Associate Fellows. Kenneth Van Treuren, PhD, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was among those who were honored with the designation this year.

“It is quite an honor to be selected in the Class of 2021 Associate Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics,” Van Treuren said. “Aerospace has always been a part of my life from the time I was in the United States Air Force (USAF) flying airplanes, to teaching at the USAF Academy, and today teaching aerospace courses at Baylor.”

Van Treuren said his desire is to continue giving back to AIAA and aerospace. His research focuses on aerospace topics such as flow separation on gas turbine blades and designing new Unmanned Aircraft System propellers that are quieter and more efficient.

“I hope to inspire my students to consider a career in aerospace,” said Van Treuren.

The AIAA grade of Associate Fellow recognizes individuals “who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.” To be selected as an Associate Fellow, an individual must be an AIAA Senior Member in good standing, with at least twelve years professional experience, and be recommended by a minimum of three current Associate Fellows.

“I am extremely excited for and proud of each member of the Class of 2021 Associate Fellows,” said AIAA President Basil Hassan. “These individuals exemplify passion and dedication to advancing the aerospace profession and were selected because of their significant and lasting contributions to the field.”

“The AIAA Associate Fellows personify the innovation that drives our industry forward,” said Dan Dumbacher, AIAA executive director. “The Class of 2021 Associate Fellows, representing industry, academia, and government, embodies the commitment, dedication, and ingenuity that are crucial for devising the best solutions to the complex questions raised in aerospace science. AIAA and the aerospace industry tremendously appreciate the long hours of dedication to society and the industry. We also recognize the families, friends, and colleagues that support the Associate Fellows helping drive our industry forward.”

For more information, visit the AIAA website.


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