Public Lecture - Future of Aerospace Education and Research by Prof. Vigor Yang
Date: 27th February 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: AG710, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Convenor: Professor H.C. Man, Dean of Engineering
Prof. Vigor Yang
Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
The aerospace profession is in transition to the next phase of prosperity. There are, however, an array of challenges and opportunities that must be handled properly. These include education, workforce enhancement, technology development, and service to broad communities. This seminar presents some thoughts on the current and future directions of aerospace research and development, and what these trends mean with respect to the aerospace education. A wide spectrum of issues facing the aerospace industry, educational system, and research community in U.S. and worldwide will first be addressed. Near-term and long-term concerns will then be identified, along with a detailed discussion of opportunities and challenges of today's rapidly changing economic and political environment. Visions for elevating the impact, contribution, and leadership of academic institutes will be shared. In addition, guiding principles and strategies for achieving these goals will be discussed.
Vigor Yang, William R. T. Oakes Professor and Chair of the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. He has supervised more than 45 Ph.D. and 15 M.S. theses. He is the author or co-author of more than 350 technical papers in the areas of propulsion and combustion, and has published 10 comprehensive volumes on aerospace propulsion. He received several publication and technical awards from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), including the Air-Breathing Propulsion Award (2005), the Pendray Aerospace Literature Award (2008), and the Propellants and Combustion Award (2009). Dr. Yang was the editor-in-chief of the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power (2001-2009), and is presently the editor-in-chief of the JANNAF Journal of Propulsion and Energetics (2009-) and a co-editor of the Aerospace Book Series of the Cambridge University Press (2010-). Dr. Yang is a Fellow of AIAA, ASME, and Royal Aeronautic Society (RAeS). He is also a Vice President of AIAA (2012-2015).