For release: May 28, 1997
RELEASE NO. 97-037
Dr. Paul E. Rubbert Presents Colloquium on the Evolution of
The practice of aerodynamic design has evolved, guided by
theoretical aerodynamics, wind tunnel testing, and the increasing
role of computational fluid dynamics, which involves the use of
computers to study the aerodynamics of aircraft.
On Tuesday, June 3, at 2 p.m. at the NASA
Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, Dr. Paul Rubbert,
of The Boeing Company, will discuss the new directions in wind
tunnel methodology. A media briefing with Rubbert will take
place at 1:00 p.m. in the Reid Center.
Rubbert's lecture will provide a number of examples of recent
airplane design activities that illustrate how advances in wind
tunnel, computational fluid dynamics, and optimization methodology
are producing dramatic advances.
Rubbert is an international expert and leader in the development
and application of computational fluid dynamics in aerodynamic
design. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in aeronautical
engineering from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in
aerodynamics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Rubbert began his career at The Boeing Company in 1960, where he
led aerodynamic design activities for transonic transport aircraft.
In 1972, he became the manager of a world-renowned computational
fluid dynamics research group, and subsequently became the director
of Boeing's computational fluid dynamics laboratory. Today he is a
Boeing Technical Fellow and is leading the transformation of
aerodynamic engineering in a quality movement that is revitalizing
an increasing number of U.S. corporations.
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