Distinguished Alumni

Academy of Distinguished Alumni

In the Fall of '99, the Department of Aerospace Engineering inducted four graduates, as well as aviation pioneer Glenn L. Martin, into its Academy of Distinguished Alumni. The academy recognizes alumni who have made notable contributions to the field of aerospace engineering and/or achieved other significant accomplishments.

Meet our Distinguished Alumni

William BissellB.S. '52
Inducted 2003

William Bissell was an instrumental member of the Lockheed Martin Aircraft Corporation for almost 39 years. He was an engineer and designer on such projects as Skunkworks, the U-2R, the A-12, the SR-71 and the XST. Bissell also designed and built the JetStar, a 10-passenger personnel transport for the Air Force which was later used as a Presidential plane. Biography


Sean BondB.S. '89
Inducted 2012

Sean Bond is the Chief Executive Officer of ISS Facility Services, Inc. headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. ISS Facility Services, Inc. is a division of ISS A/S. Bond will also serves as the Country Manager for ISS in the United States under the ISS Group structure. Prior to joining ISS in March 2010, Bond served as President of Platform Solutions for BAE Systems, a global aerospace and defense business headquartered in New York. In that role, he was responsible for leading a business providing high integrity power & control systems for aircraft and ground vehicles across the world. Biography


Kevin G. BowcuttB.S. '82, M.S. '84, Ph.D. '86
Inducted '99

Kevin G. Bowcutt is chief scientist of hypersonics with the Boeing Co., in Long Beach, Calif. Bowcutt has been with Boeing (formerly Rockwell International, North American Aircraft) since '86 and was named a senior technical fellow by Boeing in '98. Much of his professional career has involved research in and development of airbreathing hypersonic vehicles, including missiles, aircraft and space launch vehicles. Biography


Charles BrinkB.S. '84
Inducted 2012

Charles Brink is currently the Air Force Research Laboratory’s X-51A Scramjet Engine Demonstrator program manager. Mr. Brink has served in this capacity since program inception in 2003 and has led the $246M effort through both Preliminary and Critical Design Reviews and is currently coordinating the efforts of the Boeing/Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne X-51 Consortium with the Air Force Flight Test Center, Naval Air Warfare Center, and NASA as the X-51A prepares for flight. Biography


Gary L. CurtinB.S. '65
Inducted '99

Gary L. Curtin is senior vice president with the Defense Group Inc. In '98, Curtin retired with the rank of major general after 33 years of service with the U.S. Air Force. His military career included duties with intercontinental ballistic missile operations, command and control, military intelligence and political/military affairs. Curtin was assigned in '89 as the senior U.S. military representative to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) in Geneva, Switzerland, and was instrumental in negotiating the START I Treaty signed in '91. Biography


Micheal DeitchmanB.S. '73
Inducted 2007

Michael Deitchman was appointed to the Senior Executive Service on 9 September 2001. Mr. Deitchman’s career with the Navy spanned over 41 years, starting as an engineering student trainee from the University of Maryland Co-operative Education program in February '71. In his last position prior to retirement from Federal Senior Executive Service, Mr. Deitchman served as the Deputy Chief of Naval Research, Naval Air Warfare and Weapons Science and Technology Department at the Office of Naval Research. There he was responsible for the Navy’s aircraft, air and surface weapons technology programs as well as Science and Technology Program Manager for the Sea Strike IPT Future Naval Capability. Biography


Jeanette J. EppsM.S. '94; Ph.D. 2000
Inducted 2012

Jeanette J. Epps was selected in July 2009 as 1 of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. She graduated from Astronaut Candidate Training that included intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training. Biography


Michael D. GriffinPh.D. '77
Inducted '99

Michael D. Griffin is the head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He was previously the executive vice president and chief technical officer with Orbital Sciences Corp., in Dulles, Va. Prior to joining Orbital in '95, he served as senior vice president for program development at Space Industries International as well as general manager of Space Industries in Houston, Texas. He supported numerous space missions while working at Computer Sciences Corp., the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Biography


Bastian "Buz" HelloB.S. '48
Inducted '99

Even through retirement, Bastian "Buz" Hello was an active management consultant to Rockwell International Corp and member of the aerospace community until his passing in 2011. His distinguished career at Rockwell includes management of strategic military aircraft programs as well as making important contributions to America's space efforts. He was responsible for pre-launch preparation and launch support for six Apollo missions that included three successful moon landings. Biography


Dr. Christopher T. Jones Ph.D. '97
Inducted 2016

Dr. Christopher T. Jones is corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Technology Services, a recognized leader in integrated logistics; sustainment; modernization; defense, health, civil and government services; and training solutions. Jones is a member of the company’s Corporate Policy Council. Previously, Jones was corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services, a sector that was integrated into Northrop Grumman Technology Services in January 2016. In addition to his civilian career, Jones was an active duty Air Force officer, serving as a systems analyst at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where he performed analysis on foreign ballistic missile and space systems. Biography


Dr. Norris J. KroneB.S. '55; Ph.D. '74
Inducted 2003

Dr. Norris J. Krone, Jr. received a B.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Masters Degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering Fraternity. He served as a fighter pilot in the Air Defense Command of the Air Force and is a veteran of over 200 combat missions as a forward air controller during the war in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star by the USAF. Biography


Bernard S. LoebB.S. '60
Inducted 2007

Bernard S. Loeb retired in 2001 after having worked for 24 years in various positions at the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Government agency responsible for the investigation of transportation accidents. Prior to his retirement, Loeb was the director of the Office of Aviation Safety – the office responsible for the investigation of all civil aviation accidents that occur in the United States. Biography


Glenn L. MartinInducted '99
Aviation pioneer Glenn L. Martin was instrumental in providing funding to support education in the aeronautical sciences at the University of Maryland. In recognition of his philanthropic gifts and pioneering spirit in the field of aeronautics, the University of Maryland in '49 designated the College of Engineering as the Glenn L. Martin College of Engineering and Aeronautical Sciences. This name again changed in '55 when the engineering building and those of chemistry, mathematics and physics were designated the Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology.


B.S. '81; M.S. '83
Inducted 2007

David G. Matuska is Manager of Engineering System Safety at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. In this role, Matuska provides Engineering leadership for all company efforts to develop and implement safety technologies and to improve operational flight and maintenance procedures to mitigate the risk of accidents for Sikorsky’s current and future helicopter fleet. Biography


John MillerB.S. '69
Inducted 2012

John Miller is the Director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the Army’s premier laboratory for basic and applied research and analysis. ARL conducts research and analysis in weapons and materials, sensors and electron devices, computational and information sciences, human research and engineering, vehicle technology, and survivability and lethality analysis. Biography


George OrtonB.S. '64
Inducted 2003

George Orton has spent over 39 years working for the Boeing Company/McDonnell Douglas Corporation. He has served as a senior engineer, chief engineer, director of technology and director of the space programs subdivision. His projects included the Shuttle Aft Propulsion System, Space Station propellant tanks and truss structure and propellant tanks for the Peacekeeper Stage IV. Orton is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Biography


Mark B. TischlerB.S. '78; M.S. '79
Inducted 2007

Mark B. Tischler is an Army Senior Technologist (ST) at the Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate located at the Ames Research Center. He is closely involved in the strategic planning of future Army rotorcraft research programs. Dr. Tischler also leads the Flight Control Technology group which conducts research in handling qualities and flight control with application to manned and unmanned aircraft and rotorcraft. Biography


Michael S. TorokM.S. '86; Ph.D. '89
Inducted 2003

Michael S. Torok, Ph.D., is Chief Engineer, Maritime Programs for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Dr. Torok has been in this position since October 2005. In this role, Dr. Torok is responsible for all technical aspects of the Maritime product line, including customer interface, requirements development and technology insertion, proposals, technical execution of development and sustaining programs, production and fleet support activities. Biography


Mr. Chris Van BuitenB.S. '89
Inducted 2016

Mr. Chris Van Buiten is the Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Sikorsky Aircraft, where he runs the Sikorsky Innovations group responsible for maturing next-generation technologies including X2 technology™, active rotor, and autonomy, as well as defining next-generation products. He joined Sikorsky in '89 where he has been engaged in the conceptual and preliminary design of Sikorsky products such as the S-92® commercial transport, the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, and the UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter. Biography


Michael S. TorokB.S. '80; M.S. '82; Ph.D. '86
Inducted 2016

Dr. David Van Wie became the Mission Area Executive for the Precision Strike Mission Area of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on June 27, 2014. Dr. Van Wie is responsible for strategic planning, execution, and performance of approximately $100M in annual funding in programs addressing integrated strike, air dominance, and electronic attack. He is an active member of the U.S. science and technology community, and has published more than 140 papers in the fields of high-temperature fluid dynamics, plasma aerodynamics, and hypersonic airbreathing propulsion systems. He holds a research faculty position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and is currently serving on the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Academies National Research Council. Dr. Van Wie is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Biography


Dr. James Wang M.S. '87; Ph.D. '92
Inducted 2016

Dr. James Wang is the Senior Vice President responsible for the global marketing strategy of all Agusta Westland helicopter products and services. Prior to position, he was the vice president of research and development, responsible for creating innovations and collaborative research, and developing a coherent technology strategy. Dr. Wang was at Sikorsky Aircraft for eighteen years where he was known as one of the most energetic and prolific technical experts in the areas of aeromechanics, ground test, flight test, and preliminary design. His technical contributions to the rotorcraft community included improving the state-of-the-art in comprehensive rotorcraft codes, validating vibratory loads reduction methodologies, devising aeroelastic instability alleviation, and leading many wind tunnel and full scale rotor tests. He has led R&D on Variable Diameter Tiltrotor (VDTR), Comanche, UH-60 Black Hawk, S-92, and US Presidential VH-3 helicopter programs. His technical contributions were critical to the success of these landmark helicopters. Biography


Dr. Yvette S. Weber M.S. '90; Ph.D. '94
Inducted 2016

Dr. Yvette S. Weber serves as the Deputy Director, Armament Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base Florida. The 1,500+ person directorate executes a portfolio valued at more than $52B. The directorate develops, fields, and sustains our combat forces’ highest priority precision weapons. She is responsible for every aspect of directorate operations – personnel, budget, execution, performance and supportability. Weber entered civil service in '92 prior to completing her Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Maryland. She has held various assignments in the Air Force Research Laboratory, Headquarters for Air Force Materiel Command, and at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Biography