Monday, April 11, 2016

Distinguished Scholar, Scientist, Engineer, Faculty Member, & Mentor

Dr. James E. Hubbard, Jr.
Samuel P. Langley Distinguished Professor
University of Maryland, College Park
Director, Morpheus Laboratory
Director, Center for Adaptive Aerospace Vehicle Technology
National Institute of Aerospace

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 1982
SM, Mechanical Engineering, 1979
SB, Mechanical Engineering, 1977

In 2009, Hubbard was recognized by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as one of the early pioneers of the field of Smart Structures. He has received numerous awards for teaching and mentoring excellence including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Goodwin Medal for “Conspicuously Effective Teaching,” The M.I.T. Steward Award for “Outstanding Service to the Community,” and in 2002, he was awarded “The Key to the City” of his hometown of Danville, Va. for lifetime achievement and mentoring.

Over the years, he has received many awards for his application of smart materials including the Charles Stark Draper Engineering Vice Presidents Annual Award for Best Technical Patent and the 2002 Black Engineer of the Year President’s Award. During his career, he has participated on panels, chaired sessions and given plenary and keynote presentations at numerous conferences across the fields. In addition, he has more than 100 technical publications, 24 patents—U.S. and worldwide—in the areas of smart structures and photonics, and has served on numerous technical boards and committees including the American Helicopter Society (AHS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AISS), and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in a career spanning some 30 years.

Distinguished Career Awards, Memberships, and Honors

Founded in 1964, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. Its mission is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.

ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 130,000 members in 151 countries. Thirty-two thousand of these members are students.

As an executive branch agency within the Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) supports the President's budget. ONR provides technical advice to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy. Three Aerospace Engineering faculty have received over $1.2 million in combined funding through the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). DURIP supports university research infrastructure essential to high-quality relevant research, providing funding for research instrumentation that is necessary to carry out cutting-edge research.

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Image Credit, Dr. James E. Hubbard - University of Maryland

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