Aerospace engineering academic elected Fellow of AIAA


Credit: University of Bristol

A University of Bristol academic has been elected a Fellow of the world's largest aerospace technical society. He will be awarded his fellowship at an awards gala in Washington D.C, USA today [Wednesday 2 May].

Jonathan Cooper, Royal Academy of Engineering Airbus Sir George White Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been named a Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for outstanding and sustained technical contributions in aeroelasticity and structural dynamics, and exemplary teaching and advocacy of the science of aeronautics.

Jim Maser, AIAA President, said: "AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows have dedicated themselves and their careers to the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics. Their hard work, innovative spirit and leadership have made possible scores of noteworthy aerospace achievements–large and small–during the past decades. AIAA congratulates the members of the 2018 Class of Fellows and Honorary Fellows on their selection."

Professor Andrew Nix, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, added: "The Faculty is delighted Jonathan has been elected a Fellow of AIAA. This accolade confirms Jonathan's outstanding research reputation and I am thrilled for him. Bristol's Engineering Faculty is an international leader in terms of research and teaching in the aerospace field. Our Department of Aerospace Engineering has many strong industrial links and these greatly benefit our students and researchers."

AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow upon individuals in recognition of their notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics.

In 1933, Orville Wright became AIAA's first Honorary Fellow. Today, AIAA Honorary Fellows and AIAA Fellows are the most respected names in the aerospace industry.


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Caption: Jonathan Cooper, Royal Academy of Engineering Airbus Sir George White Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol

Credit: University of Bristol

Honorary Fellow is the highest distinction conferred by AIAA and recognizes preeminent individuals who have had long and highly contributory careers in aerospace and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics.

The 2018 Honorary Fellows are:

  • H. Norman Abramson, Southwest Research Institute (retired)
  • Charles Elachi, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • Antony Jameson, Stanford University

The 2018 Fellows are:

  • Nancy F. Andersen, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Supriya Banerjee, FAMES
  • Olivier A. Bauchau, University of Maryland
  • Marty K. Bradley, The Boeing Company
  • Edward L. Burnett, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Carissa B. Christensen, Bryce Space and Technology, LLC
  • Jonathan E. Cooper, University of Bristol
  • James E. Graf, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Michael A. Hamel, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Vlad J. Hruby, Busek Co. Inc.
  • Parimal H. Kopardekar, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Eugene Lavretsky, The Boeing Company
  • Sankaran Mahadevan, Vanderbilt University
  • Mark D. Maughmer, Pennsylvania State University
  • Robert E. Meyerson, Blue Origin LLC
  • Dava Newman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Robert W. Pitz, Vanderbilt University
  • Stephen A. Rizzi, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Hannes G. Ross, IBR Aeronautical Consulting; EADS Military Aircraft (ret.)
  • Robie I. Samanta Roy, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Steven P. Schneider, Purdue University
  • Steven D. Young, NASA Langley Research Center

About AIAA

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world's largest aerospace technical society. With nearly 30,000 individual members from 85 countries, and 95 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense.

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