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AEM spotlight:

Balas elected as ADCA Chair

We are pleased to announce that the Aerospace Department Chairs Association (ADCA) has selected AEM department head, Professor Gary Balas as the Chair of the association through 2010.

The organization is affiliated with AIAA and membership consists of chairs and department heads of all 78 ABET accredited aerospace degree granting programs. It represents the leadership of the departments of aeronautical, astronautical and aerospace engineering and similarly named technology programs in the United States.
The members of ADCA provide the guidance and direction to the educational programs whose accreditation is the responsibility of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) through their representation in the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. ADCA members provide support to the AIAA student chapters at the universities throughout the United States, providing local funds and faculty advisors. ADCA members have a large impact, through faculty release time, financial support and being role models, in encouraging students and faculty to be involved in AIAA activities.

Balas has been the head of the UMN AEM department since summer of 2006. For more information on his research, please click here.