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Aero Program Praised in Congressional Record

Thursday, March 27, 2008

[The Congressional Record]

The University of Kansas School of Engineering became a permanent part of American history when it was recently lauded in the Congressional Record.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., publicly recognized the strength and achievement of KU’s Aerospace Engineering program in the Feb. 25 Congressional Record. Moran specifically touched on KU’s recent awards from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Graduate student Roelof Vos and May 2007 graduate Nobuya Nishio were recognized for their work at KU during the 46th Annual Meeting of AIAA in January. In addition, the organization honored Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Ron Barrett-Gonzales.

Nishio won first place in the Undergraduate Individual Aircraft Design Competition for his eye-catching, two-seat sport plane that has a range of 300 miles and can travel as fast as 143 miles per hour. The CR noted that Nishio is the 18th KU student to win first place in this international competition since 1968.

Vos was recognized for receiving the Abe M. Zarem Award for Aeronautics Research. Vos’s work on morphing actuators will enhance the ability of airplanes to fly through turbulent air while maintaining smooth flight, the Congressional Record stated.

In a similar vein Barrett-Gonzalez was honored for receiving the AIAA’s Abe M. Zarem Educator Award for his work as an adviser to Vos. Moran noted in CR that Barrett-Gonzalez maintains the only academic laboratory facility in the nation that specializes in countermunitions, devices that can protect America’s armed forces by intercepting mortars and other weapons.

“I join Kansans in congratulating Nobuya, Roelof and Professor Barrett for their outstanding creativity, insight and hard work,” Moran said. “Jayhawks not only excel in athletics, but fly high in the classroom as well.”

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