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03-11-2002

Clarkson Professor Selected To Serve On National Aerospace Committee

Ratneshwar Jha, assistant professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at Clarkson University, has been selected to serve on the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Adaptive Structures Technical Committee (ASTC), one of 66 national technical committees.

The AIAA technical committees develop and recommend policies and procedures concerning technical and professional activities of the aerospace industry. The ASTC supports activities and research that advance the relevant science and technologies required for the successful application of adaptive structures to aerospace systems. Adaptive structures are structures that incorporate sensors, actuators, and processors to enable adaptation to changing operational and/or environmental conditions, thereby enhancing safety, stability and aerodynamic performance.

“The committee collects and disseminates information, promotes research and creates policy recommendations that are vital to the aeronautics industry and the safety of its technical operations,” said Jha. “I am pleased to have been asked to serve on the ASTC and to further its important mission.”

Jha worked in the aircraft industry for more than 12 years before he received his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University. He joined the faculty of Clarkson University in 1999.  His research interests include composite and smart structures, neural networks for identification and control of smart structures, active and hybrid control system design for vibration reduction, and multidisciplinary design optimization.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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