AE faculty assume new College, Department administrative roles
Three Aerospace Engineering faculty members will assume new administrative roles within the Department and the College of Engineering, Department Head J. Craig Dutton announced recently.
Prof. Vicki L. Coverstone will be joining the College as Interim Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Education, and will be leaving her post within the Department as Associate Head for Graduate Studies. Prof. Philippe H. Geubelle will take on those responsibilities, while Prof. Eric Loth will become Associate Head for Undergraduate Studies.
Coverstone had been an associate head in AE since 2006, and has been a faculty member in the Department for 16 years. She is the director of the Computational Astrodynamic Research Laboratory, and her research interests are dynamics, control, and design of aerospace systems. Coverstone has been recognized numerous times for her teaching skills, including being selected for the 1995 College of Engineering Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence. She also has won the College of Engineering Teacher of the Year Award.
Professor Philippe Geubelle Geubelle, an AE faculty member since 1995, is the Department's chief undergraduate advisor and is director of the Illinois Space Grant Consortium. Geubelle won an NSF Career Award in 1998, and was selected twice for the College of Engineering Xerox Research Award, in 1999 and in 2006. His research interests are theoretical and computational solid mechanics, (dynamic) fracture mechanics, multiscale modeling of complex materials, computational aeroelasticity, massively parallel computing, solid mechanics issues in manufacturing, and computational design of novel (autonomic) materials.
Loth, a College of Engineering Willett Faculty Scholar, has been an AE faculty member for 18 years. He is the director of the Department's Fluid Turbulence Laboratory, with experimental and computational research in compressible and two-phase unsteady flow. He is a Senior Fellow of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., and won an NSF Research Initiation Award in 1990.