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Fearless Ideas will fuel our continued ascent as a world-class public research university through: ​

  • Investments in our world-renowned faculty
  • Support for innovative programs and capital projects
  • Scholarships and innovative co-curricular programs for students
  • Expanded research that amplifies our impact as our state’s and nation’s economic driver

In the Department of Aerospace Engineering, we are expanding opportunities for hands-on learning, encouraging participation in student competitions, and recruiting the best and brightest students. That is our Fearless Idea.

Join us by supporting a program that you feel passionate about.

Featured Funds

Gifts to this fund support the educational and research needs of undergraduate students. As students constantly pursue new ideas and innovations, this fund helps to seed projects, present awards, host inspiring industry speakers, send students to conferences, and other opportunities as they arise.

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This endowed fund, named in honor of Dr. John D. Anderson, Jr., Professor Emeritus in Aerospace Engineering, encourages motivated undergraduate students to pursue experiential summer research. These opportunities foster deep learning and greatly enhance students’ preparation for careers in industry and academia.

In the past, this scholarship has supported projects such as: a docking system for a small free-flying robotic vehicle; the development of an exoskeleton for a spacesuit glove; and an integrative visor display technology for space exploration.

Currently, the spendable income from this fund supports one student per summer. Additional contributions will help to build the endowment to enable more students to explore, innovate, and grow the knowledge base of the field.

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About Dr. John D. Anderson

John AndersonDr. John D. Anderson, Jr., Professor Emeritus (AE), graduated from the University of Florida with High Honors and a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering Degree in 1959, and from The Ohio State University with a Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering in 1966. He served as a Lieutenant and Task Scientist at Wright Field in Dayton (1959-1962), as Chief of the Hypersonics Group at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland (1966-1973), and became Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland in 1973.

After 1980 he served as Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Maryland, being designated a Distinguished Scholar/Teacher in 1982. In addition, in 1993 he was made a full faculty member of the Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science, and in 1996 an affiliate member of the History Department at the University of Maryland. In 1996 he became the Glenn L. Martin Distinguished Professor in Aerospace Engineering. He retired from the University in 1999, and was appointed Professor Emeritus. He is currently the Curator for Aerodynamics at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Anderson continues to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses at the University of Maryland, and gives lectures, seminars, and short courses at institutions domestically and abroad.

Dr. Anderson has published nine books, some in multiple editions, in the areas of aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, airplane performance, hypersonics, high-temperature gas dynamics, the history of aerodynamics, and the history of aeronautical engineering. He is the author of over 120 papers in radiative gas dynamics, re-entry aerothermodynamics, gas dynamic and chemical lasers, computational fluid dynamics, applied aerodynamics, hypersonic flow, and the history of aeronautics. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

This fund, named in honor of alumnus Alexander “Alex” Nicholas Brown, supports graduate students that embody Alex’s fearless pursuit of innovation, superior leadership, and persistent drive.

Alex BrownAlexander Brown was a Graduate Research Assistant at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in July 2008 after he compled his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland. He was awarded a masters degree in December 2010 and stayed to pursue his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering.

His work was innovative and involved using small synthetic jet arrays to control and modify the boundary layer on wings. In this role he worked in collaboration with the Physics and Controls Branch at NASA Langley. In short, he was part of a forward-thinking team exploring ways to make the next generation of aerospace vehicles more efficient and safer. More details about Alex and his work can be found on the morpheus website. Alex was awarded the NIA Martin L. Drews Scholarship for his outstanding research and leadership.

Alex was well known for his energy and great leadership potential. He was optimistic and upbeat, even under intense pressure, he radiated the positive feelings that created resonance. Alex Brown knew that coming together was just a beginning, that staying together was progress, and working together created success.  He inspired others through courage and hope and encouraged others to continue the quest for success and innovation. Alex Brown was a leader who leaves behind him in others the conviction and the will to carry on. Alex Brown was a superior leader. He epitomized the idea of leadership that was described by the great Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu, who said:

Superior leaders get things done with very little motion. They impart instruction not through many words, but through a few deeds. They keep informed about everything but interfere hardly at all. They are catalysts, and though things would not get done as well if they were not there, when they succeed they take no credit. And, because they take no credit, credit never leaves them.

Learn more about Alex's life and work.


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Top scholars help to define a university’s reputation and quality of research. This fund provides fellowship support for graduate students to attract the most competitive applicants to the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Talented students are crucial to our work in advancing the field, securing notable research grants, and garnering global recognition for our cutting-edge innovations.

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Kendra Greenwaters

Director of Development
3214 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building
301-405-8642
kendrag@umd.edu


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