Hamid Johari, WPI Mechanical Engineering Professor named Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Worcester, Mass. - March 27, 2003 - Professor Hamid Johari, a professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has been named an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Professor Johari, who has been teaching at WPI since 1989, received his undergraduate degree in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology; and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington.

"We are proud of Dr. Johari's many accomplishments and for this promotion to associate fellow with AIAA," said William Durgin, Associate Provost. "He has made several outstanding technical contributions both to our institution and to the aerospace community at large. Most recently he conducted pioneering work on the flow field in the near wake of parachute canopies, and its connection with the dynamic loads on a parachute. This work has been supported by the Army Research Office and the U.S. Army's Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center. The findings of this work are not only of academic interest, but also help with the design of advanced round parachute canopies through a better understanding of the canopy wake."

About AIAA

For more than 65 years, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and its predecessors, has been the principal society of the aerospace engineer and scientist. Officially formed in 1963 through a merger of the American Rocket Society (ARS) and the Institute of Aerospace Sciences (IAS), the purpose was, and still is, "to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics and astronautics, and to promote the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits." Both ARS and IAS brought to the relationship a long and eventful history-stretching back to 1930 and 1932, respectively-and each left its mark on the Institute. The merger combined the imaginative, opportunistic, and risk-taking desire of those rocket, missile, and space professionals with the more established, well-recognized achievers from the aviation community.

Today, with more than 31,000 members, AIAA is the world's largest professional society devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. The Institute continues to be the principal voice, information resource, and publisher for aerospace engineers, scientists, managers, policymakers, students, and educators. Also, many prominent corporations and governments worldwide rely on AIAA as a stimulator of professional accomplishment in all areas related to aerospace. Consider this: Since 1963, AIAA members have achieved virtually every milestone in modern American flight.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. WPI was the first university to understand that students learn best when they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the solution of important problems. Today its students, working in teams at more than 20 project centers around the globe, put their knowledge and skills to work as they complete professional-level work that can have an immediate positive impact on society.

WPI's innovative, globally focused curriculum has been recognized by leaders in industry, government and academia as the model for the technological education of tomorrow. Students emerge from this program as true technological humanists, well rounded, with the confidence, the interpersonal skills and the commitment to innovation they need to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives.

The university awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support master's and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Located in the heart of the region's biotechnology and high-technology sectors, WPI has built research programs - including the largest industry/university alliance in North America - that have won it worldwide recognition.