Florida State University will now be a major national and international research site for groundbreaking aerospace technologies and next generation space vehicles.

The Florida State-headquartered
 (FCAAP) unveiled a new state-of-the-art 
 Nov. 18 that will allow some of the world’s leading scientists and engineers to conduct innovative aviation and aerospace experiments at speeds as fast as Mach 5.

Congratulations to Dr. Farrukh Alvi, professor in mechanical engineering and Director of the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP), on his appointment as Cummins Inc. Professor in Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Following Dean Yaw Yeboah's review of the nominations received from the departments in the College of Engineering, Yeboah was pleased to select Alvi as the first Cummins Inc. Professor in Engineering.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Two Florida State University graduate students are among the 35 women globally chosen for Zonta International’s Amelia Earhart Fellowship that supports women who are pursuing advanced studies in aerospace-related sciences.

Puja Upadhyay, a mechanical engineering doctoral student and Jin Yan, an industrial and manufacturing engineering doctoral student, both won $10,000 offered by Zonta International, a global organization working to advance the status of women and girls.

It is the first time two FSU students have received the award.

Congratulations to our mechanical engineering students who have been awarded one of the newly created graduate fellowships funded by industry partners working with FSU engineering research centers.

Left-right: Greg RobertsonJennifer Gavin, and Phillip Munday, are among the first students to receive newly established mechanical engineering fellowships. Robertson and Munday are two of three awardees of the Lockheed Martin-AME Graduate Fellowship and Gavin is the sole awardee of the Turbocor-AME Fellowship.

Florida is home to more than 2,000 aerospace and aviation companies that employ more than 87,000 workers, have a $5.5 billion pay-roll and pay an average wage of $63,303. At a minimum, 400 of those companies, including 23 aerospace manufacturing plants, are located in Northwest Florida, which has become a hotbed of aviation and aerospace activity that includes research, testing and education.

For example:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A FAMU-FSU College of Engineering professor is using rays of light to control the shape of a special type of plastic, a project that could have long-term implications for manufacturing, solar energy harvesting, aerospace flow control and robotic actuators.

The charge, though a very fundamental research problem, has many practical applications in the long-term, said Farrukh Alvi, the lead researcher on the grant and the director of the Florida State-based Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion.TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A group of Florida State University researchers has won a highly competitive $2.7 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to improve aircraft performance by examining how shock waves impact the bodies of supersonic airplanes.

Dr. Rajan Kumar, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, has been elected to Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

James F. Albaugh, AIAA President, wrote, "On behalf of the AIAA Associate Fellow Committee, it is my pleasure to inform you that you have been elected to the grade of Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Congratulations!"

Dr. Kunihiko (Sam) Taira working with RAs in his research lab located in the FSU Aero-Propulsion. Kunihiko (Sam) Taira, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, has been selected to participate in the 2014 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium. Billy Oates, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering also at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, was a past participant at FOEE in 2013. 


A Florida State University researcher is leading an effort to make aircraft cheaper and more efficient by combining the resources and ingenuity of both the academic and business worlds.