Robert Loewy Awarded Guggenheim Medal

Robert Loewy, the William R. T. Oakes professor and chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech, has received one of the most prestigious awards in aeronautics - the Daniel Guggenheim Medal.

The Daniel Guggenheim Medal was established in 1929 for the purpose of honoring persons who make notable achievements in the advancements of aeronautics. Its first recipient was aviation pioneer Orville Wright. Over the years, recipients have included some of the greatest names in aerospace, such as Jerome Hunsaker, Donald Douglas, Charles Stark Draper, Holt Ashley, Robert Goddard, Theodore von Karman, Charles Lindbergh, Igor Sikorsky, Hugh Dryden, Lawrence Bell, James Doolittle, Glen Martin and William Boeing.

The Guggenheim Medal is jointly sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), American Helicopter Society (AHS) and Society of Automotive Engineers.

Loewy has served as chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Aerospace Engineering since 1993. Before joining Georgia Tech, Loewy served as professor and director of the Rotorcraft Technology Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

His current research interests include helicopter structural dynamics and aerodynamics; turbine engine aeroelasticity and dynamics; composite structures for aircraft and spacecraft; structural dynamics of large satellites; unsteady aerodynamics; and smart materials and structures.

Loewy has served on numerous NASA committees, chairing the Aeronautics Advisory committee. He was chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force from 1965-1966 and subsequently chaired the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He has also served on several boards of the National Research Council and several other government committees.

Loewy received NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal in 1983 and has also been awarded the Spirit of St. Louis Medal from ASME and the Lawrence A. Sperry Award and the Dryden Lecturer from the AIAA. He was named an Honorary Fellow and Nikolsky Lecturer by the AHS.

Loewy earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate in engineering mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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