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Faculty - Sikorsky Distinguished Professor of Rotorcraft
University of Maryland, College Park

Date Posted Dec. 2, 2022
Title Faculty - Sikorsky Distinguished Professor of Rotorcraft
University University of Maryland, College Park More About This Institution...
College Park, MD, United States
Department Aerospace Engineering More About This Department...
Application Deadline Best consideration 2/1/2023
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Endowed/Distinguished Professor
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautics

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (, which is home to the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, is seeking a world-class leading scholar as a candidate for the Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professor of Rotorcraft. This is a which is a tenured faculty position with the rank of Associate or full professor. 

Candidates with outstanding accomplishments, creativity, and leadership are sought in all areas of research related to rotorcraft. The disciplines of particular interest are, but not limited to: computational and experimental aeromechanics, flight dynamics and controls, all- electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, autonomy of unmanned aircraft systems, robotic rotorcraft for planetary exploration, advanced air-space concepts including emerging use cases such as urban and on-demand air mobility. Candidates should have a proven record of excellence in development of educational materials, development and execution of externally funded research programs, and mentorship of colleagues and students. In addition, candidates should have a strong interest and a track record of working with industry in areas of innovation, and technology transition. 

Successful candidates will be expected to establish an imaginative, well-funded and collaborative research program that will serve to educate graduate and undergraduate students and advance the field. Additionally, they will also contribute to the teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses within the department.

The candidate will be a member of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center and will be expected to create multidisciplinary research programs that take advantage of unique campus and Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center facilities, such as the historic 8- by 11-ft 200 knot Glenn L Martin wind-tunnel (, 20- by 20-ft anechoic chamber, 10-ft dia vacuum chamber, Mach-scale rotor and tiltrotor rigs, 1000-core HPC clusters, and UROC flight test facility (, as well as the E.A. Fernandez IDEA factory. The candidate is expected to create undergraduate and graduate-level classes that train rotorcraft students in the core disciplines as well as introduce them to emerging areas.

Candidate must possess a Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering or a closely-related field by the start date of employment.

  • The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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  • Inderjit Chopra
    Aerospace Engineering
    University of Maryland, College Park
    4298 Campus Drive
    3179 Glenn L. Martin Hall
    College Park, MD 20742
  • 3014052376


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