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Leishman, J. Gordon

Leishman, J. Gordon
Professor Emeritus
Department of Aerospace Engineering
3179 Glenn L. Martin Hall

Research Interests 

Research in experimental and theoretical applied aerodynamics, with a specialty in unsteady aerodynamics, helicopter aerodynamics and wind tunnel testing.


Dr. J. Gordon Leishman retired from the University of Maryland in 2014 after 28 years of service. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach and a Faculty Scholar at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Leishman joined the University of Maryland in 1986 as a Research Associate in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, and retired as the Minta Martin Professor of Engineering. Dr. Leishman holds D.Sc.(Eng), Ph.D., and B.Sc (1st Class Honors) degrees in Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics and in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Glasgow. Dr. Leishman started his professional career in 1983 as an aerodynamicist for Westland Helicopters (now AgustaWestland), and has become an internationally recognized specialist in applied aerodynamics and rotorcraft aerodynamics. Dr. Leishman has authored over 250 papers and is the author of two books, including "Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamic s", which was first published in 2000 by Cambridge University Press and then in second edition in 2006. Dr. Leishman is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Helicopter Society and is currently an Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal of Aircraft.


  • B. Sc., 1980, University of Glasgow, UK (Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics - First Class Honours)
  • Ph.D., 1984, University of Glasgow, UK (Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics)
  • D.Sc.(Eng)., 2003, University of Glasgow, UK (Aerospace Engineering)

Honors and Awards 

  • Cierva Memorial Lectureship (2006)

Professional Memberships 

  • Associate Fellow of the AIAA
  • Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society.

Related News 

Aerospace Sweeps AIAA Region 1-MA Student Conference

Students gained top placement in Masters, Undergraduate, and Undergraduate team categories. May 1, 2012