WSU Staff Receive FAA Research Awards

Two Wichita State University staff members have received awards from the Federal Aviation Administration for their research efforts in 2008 through two FAA Centers of Excellence.

WSU Professor Roy Myose has been named a 2008 Faculty of the Year for his FAA work through the Center of Excellence for General Aviation (CGAR).

He is specifically recognized for his outstanding support of the CGAR projects "Enhanced Jet Exhaust Mixing to Reduce Jet Aircraft Engine Noise and Detection" and "Prevention of Carbon Monoxide Exposure in General Aviation Aircraft."

Myose has been a WSU faculty member since 1992. Based on research work conducted at WSU’s Walter H. Beech Memorial Wind Tunnel, he has published a series of papers (cf. AIAA Journal of Aircraft, vol. 35, p. 206, 1998) on the topic of Gurney flaps, which are sometimes used on general aviation aircraft to improve their aerodynamic performance.

He has also collaborated with WSU colleagues on experimental work in the NIAR Structures Laboratory on the topic of multiple site damage in aging aircraft (cf. SAE Transactions Journal of Aerospace, Vol. 111, p. 113, 2003).

Myose will be recognized at the 2009 CGAR Annual Meeting, to be held June 9-11 at the University of North Dakota Grand Forks.

Sponsored by the FAA Office of Airport and Aircraft Safety R&D Division, CGAR is made up of WSU, lead institution Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, University of North Dakota and University of Alaska.

The CGAR mission is to enhance aviation-related research, education, technology transfer and utilization in mission critical areas; to respond to the research interest and needs of the aviation industry through synergistic relationships developed between academia, industry and government.

Allison Crockett, a research engineer at WSU’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), has been named a 2008 Outstanding Student of the Year for FAA research through the Joint Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials Research (JAMS).

In this joint COE, WSU is the lead institution of the Center of Excellence for Composites and Advanced Materials (CECAM), while the University of Washington is the lead institution for the Center for Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures (AMTAS).

Crockett is specifically recognized for her outstanding support of the CECAM project titled "Airframe Technology Assessment of Airworthiness of Unmanned Aerial Systems."

Crockett is also a WSU graduate student working on a master's degree in aerospace engineering in the field of structures and solid mechanics. She received her bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering at the California Polytechnic State University in 2004. She worked as a materials and process engineer at General Atomics until she came to NIAR/WSU in June 2006.