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Director: Edward B. White, Ph.D.

Assc. Professor and Assc. Department Head
Department of Aerospace Engineering
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Edward White is an associate professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU) where he serves as the Associate Department Head of Aerospace Engineering and as director of the Oran W. Nicks Low-Speed Wind Tunnel (LSWT) and the Klebanoff–Saric Wind Tunnel (KSWT). Prof. White joined TAMU in January 2007 after seven years as an assistant and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Prof. White’s research focuses on wind-tunnel experiments on boundary layer stability related areas such as wind-turbine-blade aerodynamics. His work has been funded by grants from the U.S. Air Force, NASA, the National Science Foundation, Sandia National Laboratory and various companies. He has supported the research of over 20 M.S. and Ph.D. students. Prof. White teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in aerodynamics, fluid dynamics, aerodynamic design and experimental techniques. Prof. White is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and was the Technical Chair of its 2011 Fluid Dynamics Conference. He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board of National Aerospace Solutions, LLC, that operates, maintains and develops Test and Evaluation capabilities for the U.S. Air Force at Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, TN, the National Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex at NASA Ames, and “Hypervelocity Tunnel 9” in White Oak, MD. Prof. White received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University where he was involved in the swept-wing transition, stability and control studies. His M.S. and B.S. degrees are from CWRU.


Test Engineer: Lisa Brown

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Lisa began her employment at the LSWT as a test engineer in June 2014. She has a B.S. and M.Eng. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University from 2014 and 2017 respectively.


John Kochan

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John joined the TAMU Wind Tunnel Team in 2007 after 20 years in the semiconductor industry as a process technician, field service manager and equipment specialist on photolithography process equipment. He earned his degree in Laser Electro Optics Technology from Texas State Technical College.


Test Engineer: Doug Kutz

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Doug is the lead test engineer at the LSWT. He began his employment here in June 2012. He has a B.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Machinist: Zahir Udovicic

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Zahir Udovicic has worked at Texas A&M since 2009. He is a machinist for the Aerospace Department and the LSWT making models out of various materials using CNC lathe, mill, EDM wire and manual machines. In addition to physical machines, Zahir also works extensively with the Solidworks and Mastercam software.


Technical Laboratory Coordinator:
Ric Warren

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Ric graduated from Texas A&M in 1998 with a B.S. in Animal Science. After 10 years in the energy services industry, he returned to A&M and joined the wind tunnel team in March 2010.

Graduate Student Workers

Nathan Franklin

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Nathan graduated from Texas A&M in May of 2017 with a Bachelors of Aerospace Engineering and began working at the LSWT immediately after. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Aerospace Engineering and is expected to graduate in Spring of 2019.

Edward Leber

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Edward graduated from Texas A&M in May of 2018 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering, and is expected to graduate in December 2019.

Undergraduate Student Workers

Stephen Halbert

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Stephen began working at the LSWT in the fall of 2018. He is pursuing a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and expects to graduate in May of 2020.

René Juarez

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René began working at the LSWT in February 2018. He is studying aerospace engineering and is also pursuing a math minor. He is set to graduate in May of 2019.

Matt Miller

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Matt has been at the LSWT since January of 2017. He is on track to graduate with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in May of 2019, and is looking to pursue a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

Bryce Moran

Bryce Moran

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Bryce has worked at the LSWT since August of 2016 as a student worker. He is currently pursuing a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and is set to graduate in May of 2019.