Dr. Albina Tropina and Dr. Manoranjan Majji Image: Jan McHarg

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced its class of 2019 associate fellows, which included Drs. Manoranjan Majji and Albina Tropina from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University.

 Majji is an assistant professor and the director of the Land, Air and Space Robotics laboratory. He has a diverse background in several aspects of dynamics and control of aerospace vehicles, with expertise spanning the whole spectrum of analysis, modeling, computations and experiments. He works in the areas of structural systems, computational vision and sensor systems, astronautics and dynamical systems, and aerospace robotics.

 Tropina is a research professor with research focused on the nonequilibrium plasma energy deposition for ignition, combustion and flow control. Understanding ignition and combustion of air-fuel mixtures is one of the important challenges for fundamental combustion research as well as for combustion applications ranging from aircraft jet engines to internal combustion engines. Tropina focuses on the modeling of nonequilibrium plasma, based on a three-temperature plasma model with detailed combustion and plasma kinetics.

 The grade of associate fellow recognizes individuals “who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.” To be selected as an associate fellow, an individual must be an AIAA senior member in good standing with at least 12 years of professional experience, and be recommended by a minimum of three current associate fellows.

 The Class of 2019 AIAA Associate Fellows will be officially recognized during the AIAA Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner to be held in conjunction with the 2019 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition on Jan. 7 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California.