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Volume 103, No. 2, Summer 2003

Volume 103, No. 2, Fall 2003

Information Please: A Search Engine With Soul Jim Baum '87 is leading a revolution that changes the very way we organize and access information online. By Eileen McCluskey

Special Section: WPI and the Century of Powered Flight

Many Small Steps, One Giant Leap An introduction to WPI's role in aviation and a timeline that chronicles 100 years of innovation. By Michael W. Dorsey

What Goes Up Must Come Down From Apollo parachutes to pilot ejection systems, Robert Rodier '51 has engineered many soft landings. By Arny Spielberg

The Unfriendly Skies WPI alumni are helping build costly air-based defense systems that can think, see and fight like never before. By Wendy Wolfson

The Next 100 Years From spacecraft propulsion to nanosatellites, WPI faculty and students are helping shape the next century of aviation. By Eileen McCluskey

Why I Fly F-16 pilot Maj. Stacey (Cotton) Bonasso '90 tells us what keeps her reaching ever higher.

Maj. David P. Smith '89 stands under the massive engine of a C-5 cargo plane. He was a ROTC cadet at WPI and he studied aerospace in the Mechanical Engineering Department. After graduation he was commissioned in the Air Force and flew passenger and cargo planes for 10 years, and later, commercial jets for American Airlines. Now a reservist with the 337th at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Mass., he recently flew to Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait and Baghdad on missions to support operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He lives in Worcester with his wife, Morgan, and their three children.

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