AEM Undergrad Student Office dedicated in honor of DeLeos
A dedication of the Richard and Shirley DeLeo AEM Undergraduate Student Office and AIAA Student Chapter room was held on Friday, April 20. University alum Richard DeLeo attended as the guest of honor in a ceremony and reception in the Akerman Hangar.
DeLeo began his aerospace career in 1940 as an undergraduate in aeronautical engineering at the University of Minnesota. In 1943, Dick left school to serve with the Army 84th Infantry Division. His 33-month tour of duty during World War II took him to Louisiana, Texas, and Germany. DeLeo then returned to the University in 1946 to finish his education. He received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering in 1946 and his master’s degree in 1948. DeLeo worked as a project scientist for the Rosemount Engineering Company for 10 years, from 1947 to 1957, and served as Vice President for Aeronautical Research at Rosemount from 1957 to 1988. He is a member of the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame and received the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award in 2005.
DeLeo is seen as a pioneering leader in aeronautical engineering, whose major contributions in the design and development of air data sensors for aerospace vehicles have had a far-reaching impact. His inventions as a technical engineer have improved the performance and safety of aircraft, and he is seen a visionary executive who greatly contributed to the development of a new high-technology industry in Minnesota. Additionally, DeLeo and his late wife Shirley have provided outstanding support for students in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics through scholarships and providing funding for student projects and competitions.
The room dedicated in the DeLeos’ honor is currently maintained by the UMN student chapter of AIAA (American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics) and serves as a resource and workspace. The room allows AEM undergraduates and other University students with interests in aeronautics and astronautics a place to gather and participate in community-building activities such as student engineering projects and event planning (for outreach events, laboratory tours, etc). Current project and event involvement includes the RC Airplane Project, the CanSat Project, and the AIAA Student Conference.