Like many of you, I was excited to learn that AIAA Fellow Darryll J. Pines will become the new president of the University of Maryland on July 1. He has been the dean of the university's Clark School of Engineering at College Park since January 2009. U-Md. has a budget of $2.5 billion and ranks in the top 25 nationally for public universities on the U.S. News and World Report.Darryll joined AIAA in 1988 and is a lifetime member. He currently serves on the AIAA Content Advisory and Publications committees as well as the Adaptive Structures Technical Committee. His research has focused on structural dynamics, including structural health monitoring and prognosis, smart sensors, and adaptive, morphing, and biologically-inspired structures, as well as the guidance, navigation, and control of uninhabited aerospace vehicles.
Please join me in congratulating Darryll! I know he'll bring his considerable engineering know-how to his new job!