An Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Dr. Dan DeLaurentis, Chief Scientist of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), will be honored as a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) during a gala at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington on May 18.
The AIAA is the world’s largest aerospace technical society, with nearly 30,000 members from 91 countries. DeLaurentis is one of 28 Fellows and three Honorary Fellows to be inducted this year. AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow upon members “in recognition of their notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics.”
“The Class of 2023 AIAA Honorary Fellows and Fellows are among the best minds in the aerospace profession,” said AIAA President Laura McGill. “These distinguished individuals have earned the respect and gratitude of our broad science and engineering community. We are in awe of their creativity and exceptional contributions to advance the performance and capability of aerospace systems.”
DeLaurentis is a professor in Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics & Astronautics and directs Purdue’s Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation. His primary research interests explore problem formulation, modeling and simulation, and robust system design and control methods for aerospace systems and systems-of-systems. He has led research projects with the Missile Defense Agency and NASA in developing agent-based modeling and simulation and associated design tools for advanced battle management and air transportation architectures.
His recent deliverables for the SERC include policy innovations to enhance the STEM talent pipeline; helping program managers use modularity to enhance acquisitions and military capabilities; and guiding the Joint Program Executive Office apply digital engineering to improve acquisition processes.
SERC Executive Director Dr. Dinesh Verma congratulated DeLaurentis on his award. “As our Chief Scientist, Dr. DeLaurentis makes an imprint on the SERC that cannot be overstated,” Verma said. He plays a pivotal role throughout the SERC research portfolio. This honor from the AIAA recognizes his broad impact as a thinker, researcher, and collaborator.”