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Unformatted text preview: WILLIAM H. MASON
(540) 231-6740 - Work
231-9632 - Fax
Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering and
Multidisciplinary Analysis and Design Center for Advanced Vehicles
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0203
W.H. Mason spent nearly 15 years in the aerospace industry, all in the Engineering Department at the
Grumman Aerospace Corporation, after obtaining his PhD. He spent about five years in aerodynamic
methodology development, five years in aerodynamic design at the component level (airfoils and wings), and
about five years in configuration design of advanced concepts. At Virginia Tech, he teaches the senior
aircraft design class and aerodynamics classes. He is a member of the MAD Center and conducts research in
design methodology, including MDO, and Applied Aerodynamics. As a co-op/summer student he worked in
flight test and advanced spacecraft design at McDonnell Aircraft, St. Louis, and in helicopter flight test at
Edwards AFB. He is a member of the AIAA Aircraft Design Technical Committee.
Education: Ph.D., 1975, M.S., 1972, B.S., 1971, Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University. Registered Professional Engineer: New York State
The Sigma Xi Research Award - 1975
Grumman- Presidential Citation for Excellence, 1980
Long Island Section, AIAA - Section Citation, 1983
Grumman- Presidential Citation for Excellence, 1984
Long Island Section, AIAA - Technological Achievement Award for 1984
NASA Technology Utilization Certificate, 1985
Associate Fellow of the AIAA, 1987
co-author: Best Paper Award, 1996 AIAA/NASA/ISSMO MAO Symposium
advised undergraduate AIAA team aircraft design teams that have placed in the contest every year since 1990
Aerospace Systems, Flight Vehicle and Aerodynamic Optimization: Current applications include MDO
design for subsonic truss-braced wing concepts, blended wing body concepts and UAV design, including
morphing. Design methods research addresses the role of the use of surrogates and uncertainty in design.
Design Education: Longstanding history in developing engineers through design education. Involved in
numerous innovations in design education, including the NSF-sponsored freshman-senior design programs,
graduate design education, net-based design, and computational simulations. Recently involved in hands-on
airplane design, fabrication and flight, including the a joint project with Mechanical Engineering at Virginia
Tech, and as an adviser to the student run Cessna/ONR/AIAA Design Build Fly competition.
Professional History: 1995-present, Professor, 1989-1995, Associate Professor, Aerospace and Ocean
Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; 1974-1989, Grumman Aerospace
Corporation, Bethpage, NY; 1975-1989, Aerodynamics Section; 1974-1975, Structural Mechanics Section;
Final engineering title: Technical Specialist, Advanced Tactical Aircraft Configuration Aerodynamics and
Design, Final project title: Platform Performance and Control, Special Projects; 1969, Engineering Aide, U.S.
Army Aviation Test Activity, Edwards, CA; 1966-1967, Co-op student, McDonnell Douglas, St. Louis, MO.
Knill, D.L., Giunta, A.A., Baker, C.A., Grossman, B., Mason, W.H., Haftka, R.T. and Watson, L.T.,
“Response Surface Models Combining Linear and Euler Aerodynamics for Supersonic Transport Design,”
Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 36, No. 1, Jan--Feb 1999, pp. 75-86.
Amit Goel, C. A. Baker, C. A. Shaffer, B. Grossman, W.H. Mason and L.T. Watson, and R.T. Haftka,
“VizCraft: A Problem-Solving Environment for Aircraft Configuration Design,” Computers in Science and
Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 1, January/February 2001, pp. 56--66. Kim, H, Papila, M., Mason, W. H., Haftka, R. T., Watson, L. T., and Grossman, B., “Detection and Repair of
Poorly Converged Optimization Runs,” AIAA J., Vol. 39, No. 12, December 2001, pp. 2242--2249.
Chuck A. Baker, Layne T. Watson, Bernard Grossman, William H. Mason, and Raphael T. Haftka, “Parallel
Global Aircraft Configuration Design Space Exploration,” International Journal of Computer Research, Vol.
10, No. 4, pp. 501--515, 2001.
Neu, W.L. O. Hughes, W.H. Mason, S. Ni, Y. Chen, V. Ganesan, Z. Lin and S. Tumma, “Multidisciplinary
Design Optimization of Containerships,'” International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 4,
No. 1, 2001, pp. 15--24.
C.A. Baker, B. Grossman, R.T. Haftka, W.H. Mason and L.T. Watson, “High-Speed Civil Transport Design
Space Exploration Using Aerodynamic Response Surface Approximations,” Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 39, No.
2, March-April 2002, pp. 215--220.
Hongman Kim, M. Papila, R.T. Haftka, W.H. Mason, L. Watson, and B. Grossman, “Estimating
Optimization Error Statistics via Optimization Runs from Multiple Starting Points,” 9th AIAA/ISSMAO
Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization, Atlanta, GA, AIAA Paper 2002-5576, Sept. 5,
2002, Atlanta, GA.
Hongman Kim, Raphael T. Haftka, William H. Mason, Layne T. Watson and Bernard Grossman,
“Probabilistic Modeling Errors from Structural Optimization Based on Multiple Starting Points,”
Optimization and Engineering, Vol. 3, Issue 4, December 2002, pp. 415-430.
Andy Ko, Lefur Leifsson, William H. Mason, Bernard Grossman, Joseph A. Schetz and Raphael T. Haftka
“MDO of a Blended-Wing-Body Transport Aircraft with Distributed Propulsion,” 3rd AIAA Aviation
Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Technical Forum, Denver, CO, AIAA Paper 2003-6732,
November 17 – 19, 2003.
William H. Mason, “Stability and Control in Computational Simulations for Conceptual and Preliminary
Design of Aircraft: the past, today, and future?,” in COMSAC: Computational Methods for Stability and
Control, C. Michael Fremaux and Robert M. Hall, compilers, NASA/CP-2004-213028/PT1, April 2004, pp.
Chris Johnston, W.H. Mason, Cheolheui Han, H. Robertshaw, and D.J. Inman, “Actuator-Work Concepts
Applied to Unconventional Aerodynamic Control Devices,” 10th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis
and Optimization Conference, Albany, NY, AIAA Paper 2004-4366, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2004.
Melih Papila, R.T. Haftka, W.H. Mason and R. Alves, “Tailoring Wing Structures for Reduced Drag Penalty
in Off-Design Flight Conditions,” 10th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization
Conference, Albany, NY, AIAA Paper 2004-4637, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2004. ...
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