Name: Ahmad Haidar
Ahmad is currently a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at Penn State, where he also completed a B.S. and an M.S. degree in aerospace engineering. He currently works as a graduate research assistant at the university. He is part of the Adverse Environment Research Test Systems (AERTS) team in the aerospace engineering department. Prior to his role as president, he served as an event coordinator for the AHS chapter.
Name: James Kenna
Role: Vice President
James is a senior studying aerospace engineering at Penn State. He currently works as a research assistant at the Ice Crystal Wind Tunnel and Adverse Environment Rotor Test Stand, helping with engine and rotor icing experiments. In the past, James interned with GE Aviation in a materials data analysis role. He is particularly interested in the military and defense aspects of aerospace engineering.
Name: Miguel Alvarez
Miguel is a graduate student at Penn State. He is perusing a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering. He completed both his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Penn State. He previously worked as a graduate research assistant in the Adverse Environment Research Test Systems (AERTS) lab.
Name: Carter Forry
Carter is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering. He became involved with AHS as a volunteer in the Adverse Environment Research Test Systems (AERTS) lab. He plans on pursuing an M.S. degree in aerospace engineering after completing his undergraduate career.
Name: Belen Veras-Alba
Role: Outreach Coordinator
Belen is a MS student in aerospace engineering at Penn State. She began volunteering in the Adverse Environment Rotor Test Stand as an undergraduate student and continues in the facility as a graduate research assistant focusing on the deformation and breakup of supercooled water droplets. She has had summer internships at NASA Ames Research Center with the Aeromechanics Office.
Name: Ilker Oruc
Role: Website Designer
Ilker Oruc is a Ph.D. candidate in Department of Aerospace Engineering studying rotorcraft aerodynamics and flight dynamics. After getting his B.S degree from Istanbul Technical University, he started his MS. degree at Penn State University and graduated in 2013. Currently, he works as a Graduate Research Assistant for Vertical Lift Center of Excellence at Penn State. His research is mostly focused on improving helicopter handling qualities for shipboard landing operations. In his research, he investigates several CFD methods to perform fully coupled ship/helicopter real-time CFD simulations.
Name: Dr. Edward Smith
Role: Faculty Advisor
Dr. Ed Smith has been a member of the Aerospace Engineering faculty at Penn State University since 1992. He also completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State, where he also worked as a George F. Wislicenus Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Applied research laboratory (ARL). He attended graduate school at the University of Maryland Center for Rotorcraft Education and Research, earning MS and PhD degrees in Aerospace Engineering. Working under the supervision of Prof. Inderjit Chopra, Ed became engaged in research in helicopter dynamics and composite rotor blades.
Name: Dr. Jose Palacios
Role: Faculty Advisor
Dr. Jose Palacios joined the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State University in August 2013. Jose received his bachelor, MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the same department and school. He spent 5 years as a post-doctoral researcher at the Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence. During that time, his main research focus has been aircraft and wind turbine icing. Jose has developed testing capabilities to investigate icing physics and methods to prevent ice accretion. The construction of an Adverse Environment Rotor Test Stand and an upcoming Ice Crystal Wind Tunnel have helped secure funds for on-going research in the field of rotorcraft icing physics, engine icing, de-icing systems, and ice protective coatings.