New chair of aerospace engineering Named at Embry-Riddle

As Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University prepares to offer its first Ph.D. program in Aerospace Engineering, the school has appointed Anastasios (Tasos) Lyrintzis as professor and chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department at the Daytona Beach campus, starting spring semester 2012.

Lyrintzis comes to Embry-Riddle from Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he was a professor and the associate head of graduate education, as well as the director of the computational science and engineering interdisciplinary program. He joined Purdue in 1994 after serving seven years on the faculties of University of Minnesota, Cornell University and Syracuse University.

His research interests include computational aeroacoustics and aerodynamics focusing on investigation of noise reduction for rotorcraft and jet flows. His research has been supported by NSF, NASA, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Department of Education, totaling over $10 million in sponsorships.

He has authored or co-authored 150 journal and conference articles and has guided many doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. Lyrintzis, a recipient of the Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Teaching Award in the fall of 2002, also had received Purdue’s College of Engineering Leadership Award and its CT Sun Research Award. He is a registered professional engineer, an AIAA associate fellow, an ASME fellow, a Boeing Welliver fellow and a Purdue University faculty scholar.

He has been a member and chair of the AIAA Aeroacoustics Technical Committee, a member of the AHS Acoustics Committee and the ASME Coordinating Group for CFD. Lyrintzis has been involved in organizing international conferences and exhibits, and as associate editor for the AIAA Journal and the International Journal of Aeroacoustics.

Lyrintzis replaces acting chair Howard Curtis (served the fall semester in 2011) following Habib Eslami, who led the Aerospace Engineering Department for eight years. Eslami provided crucial leadership during a period of tremendous growth and change. Under his leadership, the department was consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the top undergraduate engineering program in the nation. He also built a strong graduate program, with a current enrollment of over 100 students. Both Curtis and Eslami will rejoin the faculty.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information:

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