David Peters, professor of mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has been chosen to receive the Honorary Fellow Award from AHS International (the Vertical Flight Technical Society).
The award is given to a Society member whose career-based leadership, vision or other contribution has significantly advanced the interests of the vertical flight community. Peters will receive the award in May at a Society event in Texas.
Peters, the McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering, was previously named a Technical Fellow of the Society, and in 2008 was awarded the society’s Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship.
Peters is the director of graduate studies for the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and the associate director of the Georgia Institute of Technology/Washington University Center of Excellence for Rotor Technology. He also is an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech, where he taught previously.
Peters' research projects in rotor wake modeling seek to correctly model the dynamics and aerodynamics that profoundly influence the response of airplane propellers, helicopters and tilt rotors. His other research interests include aeroelastic modeling of helicopter rotors and wind turbines with unsteady aerodynamics and nonlinear structural deformations and response to stalling.