Bowersox appointed head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering

Photo of Dr. Rodney BowersoxDr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has announced the appointment of Dr. Rodney Bowersox as head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University.

He joined the aerospace engineering faculty in 2002 and has served as the interim department head since July 2012. He previously was the associate department head for graduate studies and research infrastructure in the department.

Bowersox established and directs the National Aerothermochemistry Laboratory at Texas A&M, a unique interdisciplinary research facility. His research interests include theoretical, experimental and computational modeling of high-speed viscous flows with molecular and chemical non-equilibrium, dynamic stall, high-speed propulsion, hypersonic transition, hypersonic turbulence control, laser diagnostics, shock and detonation waves, unsteady gasdynamics and wind tunnel design.

Bowersox is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the American Physical and Chemical Societies. He is a member of the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee, where he chairs the Theoretical and Experimental Subcommittee. He is an associate editor for the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power. He is also a US National Committee Member for the International Society of Airbreathing Engines.

He received the Col Charles A. Stone Award in 1995 for leadership at the AFIT, as well as five Air Force Scientific Achievement Awards in 1996 and 1997. He was selected the AIAA outstanding faculty member in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Alabama in 1999 and 2001.

Among his many accomplishments, he received the Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award in engineering at TAMU in 2004, was awarded the TAMU Engineering ’43 Webb Faculty Fellow in 2005, was selected as a TEES Faculty Fellow in 2009, awarded the E.D. Brockett Professorship Award in 2010 and most recently was awarded the Haliburton Foundation Professorship.