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Alumnus Dr. Tom Yechout Named Professor of the Year in Colorado

On November 17, 2011, Air Force Academy instructor Dr. Tom Yechout was awarded by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as Colorado's "Professor of the Year." Dr. Yechout, a professor in the Academy's Aeronautics department, was recognized for writing an engaging flight mechanics textbook and inspiring the Academy's cadets. The "Professor of the Year" program is also sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Dr. Yechout has consistently received high ratings from his students, averaging a 5.8 on a six-point scale. He has involved his students in research projects such as NASA's Return to Flight effort and NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. Dr. Yechout has served as a faculty member at the Air Force Academy for over 23 years. He received a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 1968.

"I am proud to be a graduate of the University of Minnesota Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department," Dr. Yechout said. "The department provided me an excellent foundation for a great 40+ year career in the aerospace field which has included aircraft flight testing, flight control development, wind tunnel testing, and faculty positions."

Dr. Yechout has also received the 2005 AIAA Summerfield Award and the 2005 Heiser Award from the Air Force Academy, recognizing him as an outstanding senior faculty educator.

"Needless to say, I am humbled by all this attention but realize that my start at the University of Minnesota opened the doors to a very satisfying career. I am very grateful," Dr. Yechout said.

Additional information about Dr. Yechout can be found here.

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