Aerospace students incorporate AU professor's software at air show

Published: Aug 22, 2008 1:36:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334.844.3447

Using software developed by Gil Crouse, associate professor in Auburn University's Department of Aerospace Engineering, students Jason Welstead, Brian Reitz and Neal Allgood operated an exhibit at the AirVenture air show, held recently in Oshkosh, Wisc.

During the weeklong show, Welstead, Reitz and Allgood volunteered at KidVenture by teaching children, ages 6-15, to design their own airplane and race it on a computer. Children were introduced to challenges associated with airplane design and learned the basics of using the software and the process of designing their airplane.

Allgood received an outstanding volunteer award from the event organizers for his efforts. "I feel like this is a team award," said Allgood. "We all worked very hard all week and really enjoyed the opportunity to help interested young kids in aerospace engineering."

"Brian, Jason, and Neal did a fantastic job working with the kids at KidVenture," said Crouse. "I'm thrilled that they had this opportunity to experience the AirVenture airshow and also thrilled that they did such a great job introducing so many young people to the excitement of aircraft design."

AirVenture, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, is one of the largest air shows in the world. It is attended by 750,000 aviation enthusiasts and includes more than 10,000 airplanes from across the globe. During the week of the AirVenture show, the Oshkosh airport becomes the busiest airport in the world.