John Anderson Scholarship Fund

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John Anderson
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Past Scholarship Recipients

To find out more about how you can support the Department of Aerospace Engineering, contact:

Alex Hoffmaster
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3179F Martin Hall        301-405-0318

The Anderson Research Scholarship encourages motivated, innovative and bright students to pursue research, and it helps fund their efforts. To continue promoting student success and on-campus research opportunities, the department seeks to expand its support of the best and brightest students through opportunities such as the Anderson Research Scholarship.

The John Anderson Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering was established in July 2000 by friends and colleagues of Dr. John Anderson, in honor of his many years of service to the Department of Aerospace Engineering. The Anderson Scholarship encourages students in aerospace related fields to engage in research, exchange knowledge, and generate interest in the field of aerospace engineering.  Spendable Income from the John Anderson Scholarship is used to provide an annual award for a student enrolled in the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. 

Due to the importance of the Anderson Scholarship’s mission, the department expanded the Anderson Scholarship to create the Aerospace Engineering Research Opportunity Scholars (AEROS) program .  

If you are interested in making a contribution to the Anderson Research Scholarship fund and/or the Department of Aerospace Engineering, contact the department directly or visit the department's giving page. You can also give directly online. With your support, the department can continue to provide education, research and public service at the standard of excellence that helps define the Department of Aerospace Engineering as one of the top programs in the world.

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.