Alumni Hall of Fame

Robert G. Loewy
Robert G. Loewy
Fall 2009

Robert G. Loewy

Class of 1947
Vertical Flight Expert
1926 -

Internationally prominent in the field of aeroelasticity and vibrations, Robert Loewy has had a powerful impact on the field of vertical flight. He has been recognized for contributions to aircraft dynamics, particularly for rotary-wing aircraft, solving engineering problems in helicopter dynamics, unsteady aerodynamics and acoustics, and launch vehicle dynamics.

At age 38 Loewy became chief scientist of the United States Air Force; this was followed by key advisory positions for the Air Force, Navy, FAA, and NASA. Following 14 years in industry, he joined the faculty at the University of Rochester, later moving to Rensselaer, where he was Institute Professor and provost, and finally joining Georgia Tech as chair of the School of Aerospace Engineering.

In his influential career in industry, government, and academia, he has made significant contributions to aerospace analysis and design methods and has influenced thousands of students who have contributed to the aviation industry. His many honors include membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the Spirit of St. Louis Medal, and the Daniel Guggenheim Medal.