Bragg is new AIAA vice president; Muellner assumes organization's presidency
Prof. Michael B. Bragg is the new Vice President-Elect, Publications, of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Selected during the 2008 AIAA Board of Directors election this past month, Bragg will assume the office May 15. Also at that time, AE alumnus and Alumni Board member George K. Muellner, BS ’67, will take over as President of AIAA. David W. Thompson of Orbital Sciences Corp. was chosen as President-Elect.
AIAA advances the state of aerospace science, engineering, and technological leadership. Headquartered in suburban Washington, D.C., the Institute serves over 35,000 members in 65 regional sections and 79 countries. AIAA membership draws from all levels of industry, academia, private research organizations, and government.
In addition to serving on the AE faculty, Bragg also is Executive Associate Dean in the College of Engineering. Bragg served as AE department head from 1999 until 2006, having joined AE in 1990.
Bragg's two primary areas of research are aircraft icing and unsteady aerodynamics. He received the 2007 AIAA Aerodynamics Award for "for pioneering research on the aerodynamic effects of ice accretion on aircraft and the aerodynamic phenomena responsible."
Muellner is the recently retired president of Advanced Systems for the Integrated Defense Systems business unit of the Boeing Company, responsible for developing advanced cross-cutting concepts and technologies, and executing new programs prior to their reaching the System Design and Development phase. Since starting with Boeing in 1998, Muellner has held a variety of positions, including vice president-general manager of Air Force Systems and president of Phantom Works, the advanced research and development unit.
AE alumnus David R. Riley, BS 77, also serves on the AIAA Board of Directors. He is the Director of the Aerospace Sciences Group.