Michigan aerospace engineering chair to give talk on campus Thursday

Kenneth G. Powell, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and interim chair of the aerospace engineering department at the University of Michigan, will give a talk Thursday (Sept. 30) at 4 p.m. in Room 202 of the Reed McDonald Building at Texas A&M.Powell's talk, "An Introduction to the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Michigan," is part of the Texas A&M Aerospace Engineering Seminar Series.Abstract In this talk, I will give a brief overview of some of the activities in Michigan's Aerospace department. I will discuss some of the teaching initiatives we have underway, and give a sampling of the research of several faculty members in the department. I will also present some results from my own research in computational simulation of problems in space‐weather and radiation hydrodynamics. The work in rad‐hydro is a collaboration with faculty from Texas A&M's nuclear engineering department. My hope is that introducing Texas A&M aerospace engineering faculty to some of the work at Michigan may suggest some areas for collaboration between Michigan's and Texas A&M's aerospace engineering departments.Bio Ken Powell joined the aerospace engineering department at Michigan as an assistant professor in 1987 after receiving his doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. He has been a full professor since 2000. His research interests include aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and computational plasma dynamics. He has taught fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, computing, CFD and aircraft design. His research has been recognized by several awards, including a NASA Special Achievement Award and a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. He has also been recognized for his teaching, being named Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Professor three times, and being named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor. He also serves the college as faculty director of the Center for Advanced Computing, which provides high‐performance computing facilities to faculty and students in the college.