2019 Conference Wrap-Up

In 2019 the Aerospace Division highlighted 12 authors presenting their research in the Aerospace Division sessions.  Sessions were held in the following areas.  Copies of the papers are available for free at asee.org.

  • Hands-on Activities and Student Learning in Aerospace Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering Education
  • Innovations in Curriculum, Projects, and Pedagogy in Aerospace Engineering Education

The division also held a panel discussion on the “Reflections on Effectiveness of Student Aerospace Engineering Competitions” with the following speakers:

  • Dr. Michael C. Hatfield, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • Dr. Subodh Bhandari, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Dr. M. Javed Khan, Tuskegee University

The division also held a workshop on Pico/Nano/Micro-Satellite Engineering (Life cycle of a PNMSat mission, Hands-on experience using Classroom Satellite Kit lead by Sharan Asundi.


At the division dinner, two awards were presented.

J. Lealand Atwood Award

Winner: Dr. Azad Madni

Dr. Azad Madni is a Professor of Astronautics and the Executive Director of University of Southern
California’s flagship Systems Architecting and Engineering Program in the Viterbi School of
Engineering. His research interests are cross-disciplinary and focused on advancing the state-of-the-
art in model-based engineering of complex, socio-technical systems and intelligent systems.
His innovative research in engineering education includes the introduction of videogames and
interactive storytelling in aerospace and military education and training simulations. Prof.
Madni has received numerous national and international awards from multiple organizations for
his lifetime achievements, leadership, innovation, accomplishments, and service. He is a Fellow
of six professional societies including AIAA, INCOSE, and IEEE.


ASEE Aerospace Student Paper Award

Winner: Tracy L. Yother

Tracy L. Yother is a Ph.D. student in Career and Technical Education in the College of Education at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Ms. Yother currently teaches the undergraduate Powerplant Systems course in the Aeronautical Engineering Technology (AET) program. She possesses a B.S. and M.S. in Aviation Technology. She also holds an airframe and powerplant certificate. Ms. Yother has 18 years’ experience in the aerospace and defense industry working for companies such as Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, and Pratt and Whitney. She has held positions in product support, customer support, and program management.