Aerospace Engineering Master’s student Ryan Patterson has been selected for a highly competitive Vertical Flight Foundation scholarship from the American Helicopter Society (AHS). As a top applicant, Ryan will receive the Santino “Tino” Pancotti Scholarship, honoring the former technical lead for Agusta and AgustaWestland (now Leonardo Helicopters).
Ryan will be honored at the AHS Grand Awards Banquet during the 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display in Fort Worth, Texas on May 10, 2017.
Nearing completion of the sequential undergraduate/graduate studies program in Aerospace Engineering, Ryan recently decided to continue as a doctoral student in the Aerospace Department. He works with François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor Peretz Friedmann on utilizing active flow control on helicopter rotor blades for noise and vibration reduction. His research will involve developing a reduced-order computational model based on computational fluid dynamics data for efficient calculation of aerodynamic loads on a blade. In this way, control studies can be performed to assess the effectiveness and feasibility of the active flow control technology for implementation onto helicopter rotor systems.
In addition to rotorcraft, Ryan is interested in wind energy – to which he gained exposure during an internship at Sandia National Laboratories – and in the work being done to advance and expand the technology in the world energy market.