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John Weyrauch
Industrial Professor of Design

Contact information
Office: 107B Akerman Hall
Cell Phone: 952-491-3619
E-mail: jweyrauc (at)

Professor Weyrauch serves as Industrial Professor of Design, which involves teaching and consulting to the AEM design classes: AEM 4331 and 4333. He uses his 40 years of industry experience in aerospace research and product development to help students determine the best ways to execute design projects and how to develop good team working relationships. Professor Weyrauch also participates in outreach activities at local schools on his experience in developing the space shuttle in the 70s and early 80s. His formal academic background is in aeronautical and astronautical engineering with an emphasis in control systems. He has worked for 4 major aerospace companies in his industrial career: McDonnell Douglas, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, and Alliant Techsystems.


B.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1972.
M.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1973.


Present - Industrial Professor of Design, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
2004 to 2013 - Chief Engineer Advanced Programs and Vice Present of Engineering, Alliant Techsystems Advanced Weapons Division, Plymouth, MN
2001 to 2004- Senior Director, Information Systems Technology, Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
1981 to 2001 - Avionics Engineer, Controls Researcher, Navigation Manager, Controls Lab Director, and Vice President Minneapolis Operations, Honeywell Technology Center, Minneapolis, MN
1974-1981 - Controls Design Engineer, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company, St Louis, MO and Houston, TX

Current Courses

AEM 4333 -- Aerospace Design: Special Projects | Course Home Page


IEEE Kershner Award, 2016
Honeywell Lund Award for Management Excellence, 1987
NASA Manned Spaceflight Awareness Award, 1981

Subjects and Courses Taught

AEM 4331 -- Aerospace Vehicle Design
AEM 4333 -- Aerospace Design: Special Projects

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