Boeing helps restore aerospace lab equipment


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 8, 2014) — The aerospace science engineering wind tunnel laboratory is now fully operational thanks to alumni help and The Boeing Co. The tunnel had been offline for about four years due to two broken flexures. The company that manufactured the parts for the machine at Tuskegee was no longer in business, leaving students without the capability to perform certain experiments. 

“This is an important piece of equipment for an aerospace engineering program,” said head of aerospace science engineering, Dr. Javed Khan. “The students conduct experiments and learn about how the air flows over different types of airplanes and other flight vehicles.”

Chris Miller, Class of 2005, a F-15 Mission System engineer at Boeing, helped facilitate solving Tuskegee’s wind tunnel problem. The result was Boeing offering to manufacture the two needed parts, which were installed and calibrated by students last semester. Today, aerospace science engineering students and professors demonstrated the capabilities of their wind tunnel laboratory to visitors from Boeing. Miller, an aerospace science engineering graduate, said he wanted to help restore the equipment because he wanted students to benefit from a resource he had when he was a student and to strengthen the ties between Boeing and Tuskegee.

“It’s great to make sure that the students are further prepared,” Miller said. 

Drawing of flexure.

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