I just finished my 37th year at Mississippi State University (MSU). To "celebrate", the MSU Space Cowboys, the rocket design team that I advise, placed first both in the Advanced category and overall in the 2015 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. Over 50 teams participated in the competition, including one from that little school on the East Coast known as MIT.
The accompanying photo shows the Space Cowboys with their two-stage rocket, Asimov, on the launch stand in the early morning, eastern Utah desert prior to our launch, June 25, 2015. Asimov has a morphing nose geometry that adjusts with flight velocity to keep drag low (or at least try to!) at subsonic, transonic and supersonic speeds.
Although I have more graduate students than I can keep track of, I have particularly stressed undergraduate education during the past three plus decades. Currently, "children" of mine are working at Aerovironment (for whom I worked oh, so many years ago), Scaled Composites, Sierra Nevada, and SpaceX, among many other organizations. Yes, there are good engineers from Mississippi.
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