By Patrick Seiber, BCDC Public Relations
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently recognized Dr. Nathan Tichenor ’05, ’07 ’10 as an associate fellow due to his contributions and leadership at a national level in the field of aerospace engineering.
Tichenor currently serves as a research professor of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University and as the director of hypersonic facilities at the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) on the Texas A&M-RELLIS campus in Bryan, Texas. He is a recognized leader in high-speed aerodynamics, wind tunnel testing and diagnostic development, and leads the BCDC development of the national-asset Ballistic, Aero-Optics, and Materials (BAM) Range scheduled for completion next year.
According to an AIAA press release, the grade of associate fellow recognizes individuals “who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.”
Tichenor was recommended for the award by three current AIAA Fellows and was already recognized as an AIAA Senior Member in good standing with at least 12 years of professional experience. He joined AIAA as a student in 2002 and is slated to serve as the Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee chairman starting in May.
His passion for national security, along with his background in both academia and industry, has provided him with invaluable expertise in developing relationships and executing multidisciplinary programs with government, industry and academic partners.
“I’m certainly humbled to be recognized by AIAA for my contributions to the aerospace career field. As an Aggie engineer, I’m most pleased to share about the work we’ve done, and continue to do, to keep our nation safe and protect our way of life,” said Tichenor.