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Leishman, J. Gordon

Leishman, J. Gordon

Professor Emeritus
Aerospace Engineering


  • 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)



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.


  • Cierva Memorial Lectureship (2006)


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



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

UMD Alumnus Selected as Vertical Flight Society’s New Executive Director

Aerospace Engineering alumnus Angelo Collins (’09) to begin role on June 1.

UMD Names Leishman to Rank of Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering

UMD honored Dr. J. Gordon Leishman with the rank of Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering.

Aerospace Faculty Recognized at 15th Annual Research Leaders Luncheon

15 Department of Aerospace Engineering's faculty honored for successful research funding efforts.

UMD Team Wins AHS Student Design Competition

Graduate student team takes top spot in the 30th Annual American Helicopter Society Design Competition.

Monica Syal featured in NVIDIA's CUDA Spotlight

Ph.D. alum Syal featured in NVIDIA spotlight.

Three Aero Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Graduating seniors Symon, Chau, and Klomparens were awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

Aerospace Sweeps AIAA Region 1-MA Student Conference

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

Leishman and Collins Recognized at AHS Forum for Best Historical Paper

Prof. Leishman and Alumni Collins win AHS award for best historical paper

AE Faculty Honored at Research Leaders Luncheon

10 AE Faculty Represent Department at Research Leaders Luncheon

Clark School Human-Powered Helicopter Flies

"Gamera" takes flight, sets world record with female pilot aboard.

Alumnus Is a Key Designer for Sikorsky X2TD

Collier Trophy-winning helicopter sets unofficial speed record of 290 mph.

Aerospace Students Earn Accolades at AIAA Mid-Atlantic Student Conference

5 UMCP Aero Students Place at AIAA Regional Conference at UVA.

Two Big Wins for Clark School Teams

Aerospace engineering students win American Helicopter Society, NASA design competitions.

Rotorcraft Students Swoop in on First Place at AHS

Rotorcraft Students Win First Place at 2010 AHS Design Competition

Malhan and Syal Awarded Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Ria Malhan and Monica Syal are Amelia Earhart Fellowship Recipients

Leishman, Schaler Named Goldwater Scholars

Aerospace, mechanical engineering students receive premier award for undergraduates.

Johnson Earns First Place in Research Competition

Aerospace M.S. student, Bradley Johnson, earns winning title in research competition.

Two Seniors Receive Anderson Scholarship

The John D. Anderson Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering Awarded to McNerney & Woodside.

Maryland Aerospace Students Win First Place in Four Categories

Seven is a Lucky Number at AIAA Regional Student Conference.

Syal awarded Zonta International Fellowship

Syal awarded Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship for the 2009-2010 year

Mayo awarded 2009 Sloan Scholarship

David B. Mayo receives a 2009 Sloan Scholarship for his Ph.D. studies

Mayo receives 2008 Aerospace Corporation Graduate Fellowship Award

David B. Mayo is the second recipient of the Aerospace Corporation Graduate Fellowship Award.

Dr. Leishman and Johnson receive Lindenbaum Award in Montreal

AHS Lindenbaum Award in Montreal, Canada for Dr. Leishman and Brad Johnson

Leishman secures MURI on Rotorcraft Brownout

DOD announces Dr. Leishmam secures FY2008 MURI on Rotorcraft Brownout

Army CTA MAST Center on "Microsystem Mechanics" is awarded

AE and Clark School is awarded Army CTA MAST Center on "Microsystem Mechanics"

Leishman publishes new book

Leishman's book takes an invigorating look at rotorcraft technology

Leishman named 2007 AHS Technical Fellow

Dr. Leishman is one of the leading experts in rotorcraft aerodynamics

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

  • Associate Fellow

American Helicopter Society (AHS)