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Reception to honor new AEDC, UTSI heads, Merit semifinalists

Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 4:19 pm

The Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen will host a public reception Monday to honor two groups for bringing “honor and distinction to Tullahoma,” community coordinator Winston Brooks announced.

From 5 to 5:30 pm, the board will welcome Air Force Research Laboratory’s High Speed Systems Science and Technology advisor Glenn W. Liston. He is chief of AEDC’s new hypersonic research branch (known as the High Speed Experimentation Branch).

The board will also welcome UTSI professor of aerospace engineering Dr. John D. Schmisseur and congratulate five National Merit Semi-finalists Matthew Crowson, Adam Daniel, Austin Poff, Ashley Roepke and Ashley Stevens from the Tullahoma High School Class of 2015.

The event will take place in the second-floor chamber of City Hall, located on the corner of Grundy and Jackson streets.

Liston has been selected as the chief of the new High Speed Experimentation Branch. The branch is an element of the High Speed Systems Division, in the Aerospace Systems Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

Liston is establishing the branch at AEDC, with operations to begin in the summer-fall 2014.

A native of Plymouth, Michigan, Liston graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. He also has earned a master’s degree in management science from the University of Dayton (1994). He began his professional career in June 1982 as a 2nd Lt. in the USAF, at the Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratory (AFWAL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

In 1987, Liston completed his military service as a captain at Onizuka AFB, and he then joined the air force as a federal civilian employee. He has served the majority of his military and civilian career in AFRL’s Aerospace Systems Directorate and its predecessors.

Liston and his wife Janet met in Plymouth, Michigan. They married in 1983 and have four great kids.

Dr. John D. Schmisseur joins the faculty of the University of Tennessee Knoxville Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering on Aug. 1, 2014. He will be teaching and leading research at the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

Prior to joining the faculty, Schmisseur was the chief of the Energy, Power & Propulsion Sciences Division and program manager for aerothermodynamics within the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

During his tenure at AFOSR, he initiated and led a national strategic research plan which has guided the research efforts of multiple federal agencies, championed the transition of basic research capabilities that have advanced flagship national hypersonics technology programs and transformed test and evaluation capabilities, and envisioned the HIFiRE program which unifies the efforts of AFRL, NASA and the Australian DSTO to advance fundamental hypersonic science and technology via flight research.

He is active within the professional community including serving as chair of the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee and a NATO Science and Technology Organization working group. He is also a frequent keynote speaker at a variety of scientific meetings.

Schmisseur earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University.

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2012) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (2013) and is the 2008 recipient of the Air Force Science and Engineering Award in Research Management.