Purdue Names School of Aeronautics Leader

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Purdue University has named William Crossley as the head of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Crossley will take over the position on July 20, which is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Crossley currently serves as a professor in the School of Aeronautics and director of Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility, and Sustainability, which has been awarded 32 projects and over $19M in FAA funding.  

“Professor Crossley is not only an accomplished research leader of PEGASAS and a renowned educator on campus and online, he also has a deep appreciation of the unique conditions and opportunities at Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics,” said Dean of Engineering Mung Chiang. “I am excited that on the 50th anniversary of our AAE alumnus Neil Armstrong’s walk on the lunar surface, the leadership of Purdue AAE will move forward to position this storied school for the next 50 years of unparalleled excellence as our society creates the future for the air and for space.” 

Crossley succeeds Tom Shih, who spent a decade as the head of AAE, and who will return to the AAE faculty after a one-year sabbatical. 

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