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For release: May 28, 1997

Shenetha Wilburn
(757) 864-7060

RELEASE NO. 97-037

Dr. Paul E. Rubbert Presents Colloquium on the Evolution of Aerodynamic Design

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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