Associate Professor Kiran D’Souza elected to the 2023 AIAA Class of Associate Fellows

Posted: December 15, 2022

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently announced its 2023 Class of Associate Fellows. Among the honorees is Kiran D’Souza, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

As stated on its website, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest aerospace technical society. With nearly 30,000 individual members from 91 countries, and 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense.

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,” according to the AIAA press release. 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, along with being recommended by three current Associate Fellows.

AIAA President Laura McGill commented on the announcement. “Congratulations to each member of the Class of 2023 Associate Fellows," she said. "This distinguished group of professionals has made significant and lasting contributions to the aerospace profession. They exemplify expertise, passion and dedication to advancing their specific disciplines, and they are truly shaping the future of aerospace.”

D’Souza is the director of the Nonlinear Dynamics and Vibration Laboratory and associate director of the Gas Turbine Laboratory, both located at the Aerospace Research Center. He has been recognized for his analysis of complex high dimensional cyclic structures found in turbomachinery and the creation of techniques to efficiently model, analyze and exploit nonlinearity. Current research is focused on the creation of piecewise linear nonlinear analysis tools, the development of new piecewise linear energy harvesters, ingestion of uncrewed aircraft systems into jet engines, blade damping and mistuning studies, and blade tip rub studies.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition from AIAA and be recognized by my colleagues in the aerospace engineering community,” said D’Souza. “I would like to thank Professor Inderjit Chopra for nominating me, as well as all my references.”

AIAA will host a meet and greet on January 24 during the 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum in National Harbor, Maryland.

edited version of article republished from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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