Engineering Council Honors AE Faculty
AE Alumnus Robert E. Tatro, BS 49, and his wife, Mary, made a donation to the AE Department allowing the advising honors to include a monetary award as well.
On the AE faculty since 1969, Prussing retired in 2007 but continues teaching. His primary research areas are orbital mechanics and optimal spacecraft trajectories. Prussing has been thesis advisor for 33 MS students and 11 PhD students and has published over 50 technical articles in 13 refereed archival journals. References to these articles appear in 55 journals in English and in journals in Russian, Chinese, French, and Portuguese. He is co-author (with Bruce A. Conway) of the popular textbook Orbital Mechanics, published by Oxford University Press and used at various universities in the US and Canada.
Bergman has been a member of the AE faculty since 1979. His research areas are computational stochastic mechanics; deterministic and stochastic structural dynamics; targeted energy transfer and energy harvesting in dynamical systems. He served as Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering from August 1996 to May 1997.
On the AE faculty since 1992, Coverstone served as the Department's Associate Head for graduate studies from 2006 until spring of this year. She recently assumed a similar position as Interim Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Education for the College of Engineering. Coverstone directs the Computational Astrodynamic Research Lab. Her research activities are dynamics, control, and design of aerospace systems.
Freund has been on faculty at the University of Illinois since July 2001. He has a dual appointment in AE and the Department of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering. His research interests are aerodynamic sound, compressible turbulence, numerical methods, large-scale parallel computing, molecular dynamics simulation of nanometer scale flows and heat transfer in solids.