• Professor and Holder of the Edward "Pete" Aldridge '60 Professorship
  • Regents Professor
  • Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence
  • Director, AggieSat Lab Satellite Program
  • Director, Computational Stability & Transition Lab
Helen Reed Profile photo

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 1981
  • M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 1980
  • A.B. in Mathematics, Goucher College, 1977

Research Interests

    • Boundary-layer receptivity, stability, transition, and control
    • Hypersonics
    • Small-satellite design/build/fly

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 AIAA/National Academy of Engineering, 3rd Yvonne C. Brill Lectureship in Aerospace Engineering, “Student Design-Build-Fly Micro- and Nano-Satellites
  • 2018 AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award, “for lifetime achievements in the fundamental understanding, modeling, and control of boundary-layer laminar-to-turbulent transition for aerospace vehicles from subsonic to hypersonic
  • 2017 Thomas U. McElmurry Award, decided by the 2017 May and December graduating seniors in Aerospace Engineering “for exemplifying dedication and commitment to developing students professionally and academically by displaying a desire for students to succeed, creatively presenting classroom material, and offering opportunities for mentorship and guidance outside the classroom in Aerospace at Texas A&M
  • 2016 ASME Kate Gleason Award, “for lifetime achievements in the fundamental understanding and control of boundary layer transition for high-efficiency aerospace vehicles, and in pioneering small satellite design and implementation
  • 2016 TEES Faculty Fellow Award
  • 2016 Academy of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Excellence, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 2014 - Minnie Stevens Piper Professor, "ten awards annually to professors for superior teaching at the college level. Roster includes those from two and four-year colleges and universities, public and private, across the State of Texas, Nominated through the University President's Office"
  • 2014-2017 - Holder of the Edward "Pete" Aldridge '60 Professorship, Texas A&M
  • 2014 - Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, University Level, Texas A&M
  • 2013 - Regents Professor (in perpetuity), Texas A&M
  • 2013 - (Texas A&M) Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence (in perpetuity)
  • 2012 - Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, College Level, Texas A&M University/Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
  • 2012 - Thomas U. McElMurry Award, decided by the 2012 May and December graduating seniors in Aerospace Engineering, for exemplifying dedication and commitment to developing students professionally and academically by displaying a desire for students to succeed
  • 2011 - William Keeler Faculty Fellow; overall contributions in teaching, research, and service; Texas A&M/TEES
  • 2010 - TEES Fellow, excellence in research, Texas A&M/TEES
  • 2010 - Committee of 100, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2008 - Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • 2008 - Academy of Engineering Excellence, Virginia Tech
  • 2007 - J. Leland "Lee" Atwood Award, bestowed annually upon an aerospace engineering educator in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics / American Society of Engineering Education
  • 2003 - Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 1997 - Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers