Momentum - The Magazine for Virginia Tech Mechanical Engineering Vol. 4 No. 1 Spring 2019 - Page 11

11 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2017. Rakesh Kapania Kapania was nominated for his significant contributions to teaching and research in computational structural mechanics, aeroelasticity, optimal design of unitized structures, multi-disciplinary design optimization, and composite structures. As a scholar-manager, Kapania has led two large programs toward the design of civilian and military future aerospace vehicles. He is part of a team selected by NASA to perform research on performance adaptive aeroelastic wings, and by the U.S. Navy on a program to bring machine learning to the analysis of submarine structures. His path-breaking work on curvilinearly stiffened panels and aeroelastic optimization of wings using curvilinear spar and ribs has spawned similar research world-wide. Kapania is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (2016), and a recipient of the Platinum Jubilee Award from the Indian Institute of Science (2017). He has been with Virginia Tech since 1985 and the Mitchell Professor of Aerospace and Ocean Engi- neering since 2008. A former president of the EFO, he has won Dean’s Awards for Re- search Excellence in 2000 and 2010. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue Uni- versity (1985). He has been a member of AIAA since 1982 and was elected an As- sociate Fellow in 1991. Robert Canfield Canfield, Technical Director of the VT Airworthi- ness Center, is world-renown for his work to develop a methodology for automated structural design and optimization, recognized as the gold standard in the field. Users of software that incorporate this methodology include NASA, DoD, uni- versities, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and international corporations. The design methodology is also featured in a widely cited textbook on Reliability-Based Structural Design that he co-authored. His leadership as Chair of the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) Technical Committee led to the growth of its premier MDO Conference. From 1984-2008 Canfield served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel with tours at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Air Force Institute of Tech- nology. In 2009 he joined Virginia Tech, and during his tenure has been the Assistant Head for Academic Affairs and an interim Department Head. Canfield is a Hokie alum, earning his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics in 1992. He also holds an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineer- ing from Duke University. Canfield has been an AIAA member since 1985 and was elected an Associate Fellow in 2000. Ng in 2014 receiv- ing the William Wine Excellence in Teaching Award from uni- versity president Timothy Sands. ROSAIRE BUSHEY MECHANICAL ENGINEERING