Retired professor wins airplane design award

A retired KU professor is the winner of a prestigious airplane design award, given by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Jan Roskam was given the award in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in airplane design, education, configuration design and the writing of 11 textbooks having to do with airplane performance and design. The award was given to him last week in Wichita.

Roskam retired in 2003.

Previous winners of the honor include Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Lockheed’s Skunk Works group, responsible for such planes as the F-117 Nighthawk, which was the original stealth fighter, and the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance plane.