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UTSI grad honored for achievement in astronautics

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

UTSI graduate Charles T. Haddad was recognized at the 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Grapevine, Texas, where he received the Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics.

The Zarem Medallion was presented to Haddad by Paul D. Nielson, former president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), at the general banquet ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, Jan 8.

The Zarem Award in the field of astronautics is selected from the collection of graduate student papers originating from seven AIAA Regions. In order to qualify, Haddad had to first compete and rank in the Masters Division of the 63rd AIAA Southeastern Regional Student Conference, which took place at Cape Canaveral, Fla. April 2-3.

Former AIAA president Paul D. Nielson, left, presents the Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics to UTSI graduate Charles T. Haddad at the 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Grapevine, Texas on Jan. 8. -Photo by Mark A. Nelson

According to Stephen J. Brock, student programs manager, the judges found Haddad’s paper ‘On the Sidewall Boundary Layer of Transverse Waves in Simulated Liquid Rocket Engines’ to be of “outstanding quality.” Comments made by the five judges who reviewed this paper echoed similar sentiments regarding the originality of this work and its scholarly value. The paper in question has since undergone an independent review process, which led to its acceptance for publication “as is” in the flagship journal of AIAA.

Haddad’s award winning paper was coauthored by Dr. Joseph Majdalani, UTSI professor and Arnold Chair of Excellence in Advanced Propulsion. Their work introduces a groundbreaking framework for modeling transverse waves in liquid rocket engines. When combined with the preceding publications of Haddad and Majdalani, the newly devised corrections give rise to a more complete model for describing oscillatory motions in cylindrically-shaped rocket chambers. It may also be viewed as an important step-forward in understanding acoustic instability, a phenomenon that has repeatedly plagued large combustors. The work pursued by Haddad was partly funded by the National Science Foundation and is part of his M.S. thesis in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Tennessee.

At UTSI, Haddad completed his Master of Science in aerospace engineering in December of 2011 with a 4.0 GPA. He also holds a B.E. degree in mechanical engineering from Notre Dame University, Lebanon, where he graduated with the highest distinction. After receiving the J. B. Dicks Fellowship in fall 2010, Haddad joined Dr. Majdalani’s group at UTSI. In the scope of 16 months, he completed a major research project and published two journal and four conference papers. He was recruited in 2012 by Schlumberger as part of their Tech and Field program.