Taha Named Associate Fellow by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Haithem Taha is recognized by the AIAA as a Class of 2023 Associate Fellow.

Nov. 29, 2022 - The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has elected Haithem Taha to its Class of 2023 Associate Fellows. An associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Taha was cited for “developing novel fundamental concepts in the fields of unsteady aerodynamics and flight mechanics.”

Taha works in the areas of unsteady aerodynamics and control theory, emphasizing both fundamental theory and innovations in the design of aircraft and their control systems. He has produced foundational results in flight and design of flight vehicles, application of differential geometric control theory to unsteady aerodynamics, and bioinspired flight. He most recently developed a new theory of lift, which not only solves a century-old technical challenge in aerodynamics, but also fundamentally changes how researchers understand flight.

Taha is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2019) and has published 43 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His research is funded by NSF, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and NASA.

”It is a great honor to be recognized by the AIAA,” said Taha. “In this mid-career phase, one needs encouraging and supportive gestures to overcome the many hurdles that face a genuine academic path in the current time; and the AIAA recognition is definitely a more than satisfying support. I’m deeply thankful to my colleagues for the nomination.”

AIAA associate fellows are individuals who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, completed original work of outstanding merit, or made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest aerospace technical society with nearly 30,000 individual members from 91 countries.

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