Three Alumni Honored
Bruce K. Donaldson, PhD 68, has been named the 2008 AE Distinguished Alumnus; and Joyee (Qi) Zhu, PhD 01, and Justin B. Berman, BS 91, MS 93, PhD 01, are the 2008 AE Outstanding Recent Alumni.
The Department recognized the three during the AE Awards Dinner held Thursday, April 24.
Donaldson was an aviator for the U.S. Navy in the mid 1950s before working for Boeing Company and Beach Aircraft Company as a structural dynamics engineer. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Columbia University and a master's from Wichita State University.
After earning his PhD, Donaldson spent his academic career at the University of Maryland, retiring from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in 2003. To his credit are two books, Analysis of Aircraft Structures, An Introduction (2nd Edition), and Introduction to Structural Dynamics.
Zhu is a senior engineer in the Advanced Material Systems Applications Lab for GE Global Research in Niskayuna, N.Y. Since 2001 she has been the project leader for braided composite fan case design, analysis, material modeling and FAA certification. Zhu has earned several awards for her work at GE, including most recently the 2007 Management Award recognizing her outstanding performance and commitment on the GEnx-1B Composite Fan Case Design, Analysis, Containment Test Correlation, and FAA Certification. As a student in 2000, she was presented the Strehlow Award for outstanding research accomplishment and the Amelia Earhart Fellowship for outstanding female students in aerospace engineering.
Zhu has had eight research papers published, and holds a 2007 patent for Integral Puncture-Resistant Liners for Impact Protection. She earned a master's in structural engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; and a bachelor's in engineering mechanics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in the People's Republic of China.
Berman is Chief of the Research & Engineering Division at the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire. With a workforce of over 160 employees and an annual obligation authority of $86 million, he serves as senior advisor to the CRREL Director on all research and engineering initiatives and assists in strategic planning & program development in CRREL's eight technical areas. He serves on the Army Materials Science Coordinating Group where he actively develops and shapes Army-funded Materials Science research needs to support Military Engineering applications.
Berman has been honored with the CRREL Investing in People Award and the ERDC Award for Outstanding Team Effort in 2006 and 2002, respectively. In 1997 he received the US Army Construction Engineering Research Lab R&D Product Team Award. That same year he was selected as a USACE Emerging Leader where he participated in the ERDC's Emerging Leaders Advisory Group (ELAG) for several years.
He has served as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Alabama at Huntsville and has over 35 publications including eight refereed journal articles.