Six selected to be 2021 AEDC Fellows

The Arnold Community Council AEDC Fellows Committee is pleased to announce that six individuals who have made exceptionally significant long-term contributions to the advancement of aerospace ground testing technology and capabilities at the Arnold engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Arnold AFB, Tenn. have been selected as 2021AEDC Fellows.

The late Maj. Gen. Leif Sverdrup, Dr. Ralph Jones and Alan Milhoan have been selected to be honored as AEDC Technical Fellows.

Ron Wood has been selected to be honored as AEDC Craft Fellow.

The late Hugh Horrocks and Maurice May have been selected as AEDC Lifetime Achievement Fellows.

Major General Leif Sverdrup

General Sverdrup’s original leadership regarding the fabrication of the infrastructure at AEDC was not limited to the utilities, facilities and modalities of the then Center. He also established the pay and benefits structure to attract and retain high tech talent to (at that time) a more remote location in Tennessee which proved enormously successful. He was personally involved in quickly mediating and fixing any deficiencies identified by the Air Force while he was the head of Sverdrup Corporation. His reputation as someone who could get tough things done for the Army Corp of engineers was likely one of the reasons his company was selected to be the original architect and builder of AEDC. He was the seminal positive influence on bringing AEDC facilities and personnel into existence.

Dr. Ralph Jones

Dr. Jones made extensive and substantial contributions to the advancement of engineering development and test techniques at AEDC. He was an early adopter of Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modeling. His mastery in simulating test conditions in CFD led to the resolution of many perplexing issues with ground testing of various systems. Some of the issues he contributed to include a broad suite of propulsion test activities including solid rockets, thrust vector control system performance, design support for a horizontal ground level rocket test stand, and altitude test facility modifications to accommodate testing of jet engines equipped with thrust vectoring/reversing nozzles.

Alan Milhoan

Milhoan made extensive and substantial contributions to the advancement of engineering development and test techniques at AEDC. His improvements to provide faster and more accurate controllability to process air and other fluid systems has resulted in significant advances in repeatability and stability required to test systems that operate in a dynamic mode. He has expanded the world-class capabilities provided by ASTF and greatly improved usability and performance capabilities of APTU providing unparalleled simulation of a hypersonic vehicle and propulsion systems test environment.

Ron Wood

Wood is an instrumentation specialist whose technical skills have significantly contributed to the success of the aerospace test community at AEDC and beyond. His expertise in analog circuitry was a key asset in the transition to digital electronics from the mid 80s to the mid 90s. He focused on developing small form-factor circuit boards and surface mount soldering techniques that provided engineers with opportunities to design and develop novel approaches to Ultraviolet (UV) and Infrared (IR) sensing equipment which ultimately put AEDC in the forefront of missile systems plume detection and propulsion systems health monitoring. These systems supported NASA in the development of health monitoring systems for tests on the Space Shuttle’s main engines.

Hugh Horrocks

Horrocks made significant and exceptionally valuable contributions throughout his career as a test engineer and site manager for Pratt & Whitney at AEDC. He continually pushed AEDC to improve how they handled and installed turbine engines in test cells, contributing to reducing engine mount time from from weeks to days. His focus helped initiate major standardization efforts across the AEDC Engine Test Facility with respect to engine handling carts, engine thrust stand mounting systems, instrumentation and service systems interfaces and instrumentation database interfaces. He often dealt with a dynamic test load with 4-5 P&W engines in AEDC test cells at the same time. He also led the effort to bring P&W commercial engine testing to AEDC starting in the late 80s to early 90s with the PW4000 series of large engines.

Maurice May

May provided exceptionally valuable contribution to AEDC during a nearly half century career. Originally working for AEDC contractor ARO as test engineer on the P&W F100 engine he became a pioneer in the use of computer math models at AEDC. in 1977 he accepted a position with Pratt & Whitney where he continued supporting F100 engine testing at Arnold. He was key P&W interface with airframe and weapon systems manufactures. He was later involved in the F119 engine and was the principle lead engineer for the P&W F135 test programs at AEDC. He helped P&W achieve ISO certification and after returning to AEDC as an Air Force civilian employee used this experience to help support AEDC ISO certification efforts.

Induction Ceremony

The new AEDC Fellows will be honored and inducted as AEDC Fellows at an event to be scheduled later this year.

The annual Fellows banquet is usually on the closest available date to the birthday of General of the Air Force Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold who was born on June 25, 1886, but has been delayed this year due to uncertainties of the COVID pandemic.

AEDC Technical Fellow

AEDC Technical Fellow nominations may be submitted by any present or former AEDC government or operating contractor/subcontractor employee. 

All current or retired military, civilian and operating contractor and subcontractor personnel assigned or previously assigned to AEDC can be considered candidates for selection as an AEDC Technical Fellow. Candidates qualified for consideration as an AEDC Fellow must personally have made sustained, long-term, notable and valuable contributions in aerospace ground testing at AEDC.  

AEDC Craftsmen Fellow

AEDC Craftsmen Fellow nominations may also be submitted in the same manner as the AEDC Fellow nominations.

All current or retired military, civilian and operating contractor/subcontractor personnel assigned, or previously assigned, to AEDC can be considered candidates for selection as an AEDC Craft Fellow. The Craft Fellow category recognizes exceptional craftsmen who possess the ability to identify customer requirements and respond with sustained technical innovations, working effectively and efficiently as part of technical teams and have dedicated their careers to the success of AEDC’s mission. They must have personally made notable and valuable lifetime contributions to AEDC in any area relevant to the AEDC mission.

AEDC Lifetime Achievement Fellow

AEDC Lifetime Achievement Fellow nominations may be submitted by any present or former AEDC government or operating contractor/subcontractor employee. 

AEDC Lifetime Achievement Fellows are reserved for exceptional candidates and are not necessarily selected each year. All current or retired military, civilian and operating contractor/ subcontractor personnel assigned or previously assigned to AEDC can be considered candidates for selection as an AEDC Life- time Achievement Fellow.  Candidates qualified for consideration as an AEDC Lifetime Achievement Fellow must personally have made notable and valuable lifetime contributions to AEDC in any area relevant to the AEDC mission.  

AEDC Honorary Fellow

Only AEDC Fellows may submit a nomination for an AEDC Honorary Fellow. AEDC Honorary Fellows are reserved for exceptional candidates and are not necessarily selected each year. Candidates qualified for consideration as an AEDC Honorary Fellow must have made sustained, notable, valuable and significant contributions to AEDC. These eminent individuals need not have worked at Arnold AFB or any of AEDC’s remote operating locations. 

Annual Banquet

The Fellows banquet is held every year on or close to June 25, the birthday of General of the Air Force Henry “Hap” Arnold and the anniversary of the dedication of AEDC by President Harry S Truman in 1951.  The location and date of the 2021 banquetwill be announced at a later date. 

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Nominations must be submitted in written form with supporting materials to arrive by March 30, 2021 to:

Arnold Community Council
ATTN: AEDC Fellows Committee
P O Box 553
Tullahoma TN 37388-0553. 

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