Aerospace engineering faculty establish John and Elouise Junkins Scholarship

Photo of Elouise and John JunkinsIn the realm of aerospace engineering, the name John Junkins is one of notoriety.

From the rank of distinguished professor and regents professor at Texas A&M University to being a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Junkins’ reputation precedes him.
 
The kicker is that Junkins, who also holds the Royce E. Wisenbaker Chair in Engineering, almost didn’t end up in academics. Like many young men, Junkins had visions of being a standout on the football field. Growing up in the football-crazy state of Georgia helped fuel his passion for success on the gridiron.
 
But the guiding hand of his high school football coach helped push Junkins to focus more on his academics, and a budding superstar in the field of aerospace engineering was born.
 
Now, the faculty of Texas A&M University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering has established the John and Elouise Junkins Scholarship to honor Junkins for his contributions to the department.
 
The endowment will provide one or more scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering.
Several gifts to fund the endowment have already been received, and additional gifts are being sought from former students and friends of the department.
 
Junkins joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 1985 as the first endowed chair holder in the Dwight Look College of Engineering. Since joining the faculty at Texas A&M, Junkins has advised more than 100 graduate students with more than 45 of them completing their Ph.D.s.
 
He currently serves as the director of the Land Air and Space Robotics Lab and is also director of the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study, which was established in December 2010 to build on the growing academic reputation of Texas A&M and to provide a framework to attract top scholars from throughout the nation and abroad for appointments of at least a year.
Junkins is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has received Outstanding Alumnus Awards from Auburn University and the University of California, Los Angeles.
 
You can make an online donation to the John and Elouise Junkins Scholarship or donate by check. Note the “John and Elouise Junkins Scholarship" in the check's memo line and mail it to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX 77840.