Thurow selected as chair of Auburn’s Department of Aerospace Engineering

Published: Jun 23, 2016 7:00:00 AM
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Brian Thurow

Brian Thurow, W. Allen and Martha Reed associate professor, has been named chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University. Thurow, who previously served as the acting department chair, begins his appointment immediately.

“I am honored and excited to be appointed,” Thurow said. “Aerospace Engineering at Auburn has a tremendous heritage and is making great strides in terms of our quality of students, faculty and research. I look forward to collaborating with all of our faculty and staff to continue promoting the highest academic standards expected from our department.”

Thurow has been a member of the aerospace engineering faculty since 2005. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University. His research interests include three-dimensional imaging, laser diagnostics, experimental fluid dynamics and supersonic/compressible flow. Thurow has garnered awards and accolades which include the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Outstanding Faculty Member award and Auburn Engineering’s William F. Walker Teaching Award for Excellence. In addition, he has been invited to participate at the National Academy of Engineering’s U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

“Dr. Thurow is an outstanding aerospace engineering faculty member in every respect,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of the College of the Engineering. “I am extremely pleased he has accepted this appointment as department chair of aerospace engineering. Under his leadership, I am certain the department will make tremendous strides in further elevating our research and education initiatives in this area that is so critical to our college.”

Thurow succeeds Joseph Majdalani who has been named to the Francis Chair of Excellence in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.