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Outstanding Alumni
The following is a list of our Outstanding Alumni over the past few years. If anyone knows of others from other years, please let us know.


OUTSTANDING ME ALUMNI
Year Name Deg/Yr Current Position
1997 Dr. Eric J. Jumper BSME, 1968 Professor, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Notre Dame
1995 Dr. Alice M. Agogino BSME, 197x Professor, UC, Berkeley
1994 Thomas Bruce Benton BSME (WWII) Retired
199x William G. Taylor BSME, 1968 Retired, Halliburton


Dr. Howard L. Schreyer was named the Halliburton Chaired Professor beginning in July, 1997. Dr. Schreyer's national recognition is in the areas of constituitive equations and stability criteria for engineering materials and related numerical algorithms. Dr. Schreyer is only the fourth faculty member in the Department to be named to this prestigous position.

In early June of 1998, the Department fielded our second Formula SAE race car at the FSAE national design competition. The car was second lightest of 100 vehicles in the field, and turned at 1.27g. This is extraordinary, as a new Porsche turns only 0.98g. Unfortunately, 6 laps from the end of the race, an ignition wire suffered fatigue fracture at a solder joint. Our congratulations to the entire FSAE Race Team! For additional pictures and details, click on the picture to the right (last year's FSAE car).

Allen E. Fuhs was outstanding ME alumnus in Spring 2000. His latest book is "Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics," by Joseph A. Schetz (Editor), Allen E. Fuhs (Editor), 1999. Allen Fuhs graduated from UNM in 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Hw went on to earn a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. Fuhs, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Naval Postgraduate School, has a long career of teaching in its departments of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, and has chaired both departments. He was also the first chairman of the Space Systems Academic Group, designing the curriculum from scratch. He taught courses in high-energy lasers, aircraft design, missile configuration and design, and spacecraft design. Earlier in his career, he served as chief scientist of the USAF Aeropropulsion Labor at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. After retiring as professor, Fuhs served as chief scientist of the Orbital Sciences Corporation and continues technical activities consulting, teaching short courses, and serving on government advisory boards and panels. Two-career highlights merit special notice. First was Fuh's induction into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1992, with his selection based on his engineering contributions to space vehicles. Second was his appointment to the Vice President's Space Policy Advisory Board for the National Space Council during the bush administration. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the British Interplanetary Society. Besides an academic career, Fuhs has had experience in nearly every facet of American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), from the Selection level to President. He served on the board of directors for a decade, was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Aircraft for five years, completed a term as VP Publications, was a member of four technical committees and chairman of one, and served on other committee such as the AIAA Ethics Committee. Fuhs has also been active in the international community. He has been invited by the Soviet Academy of Sciences to attend a briefing on results from comet rendezvous satellite Vega; invited by the Chief of Staff, Republic of Korea Air Force, to be one of the keynote speakers at an annual aerospace meeting; and give a four-day lecture series on Stealth to the Taiwan Air Force Technical Commission. Allen Fuhs currently lives and works as a consultant in Carmel, California with his wife, Emily.

 

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