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Hassan Lecture Series honors MAE professor

Dr. Hassan A. Hassan

The Dr. Hassan A. Hassan Distinguished Lecture Series, the first lecture series for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), was established in 2015 through the generosity of Hassan’s former students and fellow faculty members.

Dr. Richard Gould, MAE department head, thought of the idea for the lecture series in early 2015 as a way to honor Hassan’s contributions to the department and his impact on the aerospace program.

Hassan was surprised by the announcement of the lecture and is hopeful that it will grow. “I wasn’t aware that the lecture series was something in the pipeline,” Hassan said. “But I am excited to see where it will go and the mix of technical and informational presenters that will be joining us in the future.”

The first Hassan lecture was held in November with speaker Dr. John D. Anderson Jr., the curator for aerodynamics at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and professor emeritus of aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland.

Anderson’s lecture, “Breaking the Sound Barrier: The intellectual breakthroughs in aerodynamics that made it possible,” focused on the Bell X-1, the first piloted airplane to fly faster than sound with Captain Chuck Yeager, and examined the breakthroughs in the intellectual understanding of high-speed aerodynamics that made it possible.

Generous former students, faculty members and alumni established the lecture series to honor Hassan’s legacy. To help sustain the lecture, Hassan has created an endowment for $25,000 for the series.

To learn how you can support the Dr. Hassan A. Hassan Distinguished Lecture, please contact Michael Walsh at or 919.515.7237.

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