UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Mark Maughmer, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, has been named the winner of the 2014 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Piper General Aviation Award.
The Piper award honors outstanding contributions leading to the advancement of general aviation.
Maughmer is being recognized for his contributions to winglet designs on racing sailplanes. Developed to increase efficiency of fixed-wing aircraft, winglets help to lessen the amount of drag on an airplane.
Maughmer's winglets research has led to the broader acceptance and diffusion of winglet technology in the general aviation community. His research encompasses aerodynamics, aircraft design and aircraft stability and control.
A member of the Penn State faculty since 1984, Maughmer has won numerous accolades for his research and teaching, including the AIAA/American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) John Leland Atwood Award; the ASEE Fred Merryfield Engineering Educator Design Award; a NASA Group Achievement Award; ASEE's Aerospace Engineering Division Distinguished Service Award; the Soaring Society of America's Exceptional Service Award; the Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Faculty Teaching Award; and the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society's Outstanding Teaching and Premier Teaching awards.
He is an associate fellow of the AIAA.
Maughmer received his bachelor's in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois, his master's in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University and his doctorate in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois.
He will receive his award at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition in June in Atlanta.