July 25, 2013

Jeanette Grider

Parks Professor Named Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow

Saint Louis University's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology professor Manoj Patankar, Ph.D., has been elected a Fellow of the prestigious international Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). Patankar is among a select few members from the United States and the first from Saint Louis University.

Manoj Patankar, Ph.D.

The Royal Aeronautical Society is the world's only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. It was established in 1866 to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics.

The RAeS offers multiple levels of recognition based on an individual's professional experience and achievements. The Fellowship is the highest honor conferred by the Society and is only bestowed upon those in the profession of aeronautics or aerospace who meet substantive academic and professional credentials, as well as evidence outstanding contributions to the profession, attainment of a position of high responsibility or long experience of high quality in the profession of aeronautics. A Fellow's nomination must be supported by at least two Fellows and approved by the society's 24-member council, which is composed of internationally distinguished leaders of the society.

Patankar has earned the Fellow designation from the Royal Aeronautical Society in recognition of his more than 20 years of dedicated contributions to the advancement of aviation as an academic discipline, with a particular emphasis on aviation safety.

Patankar holds a bachelor's degree in aeronautics, a master's degree in aviation safety and a doctoral degree in computing technology in education, as well as professional certifications as an aircraft mechanic, avionics technician and private pilot. The author of four books and more than 50 scholarly publications, he has worked with more than 20 airlines, a dozen repair stations, many of the aviation labor unions in the United States and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The majority of Patankar's research has been funded by the FAA.

One of the students sponsored under his grant earned the world's first doctoral degree in aviation, which was conferred at the University's 2013 commencement. Patankar has served as a department chair, dean and vice president for academic affairs.

The University has awarded Patankar the "Grant Winner Award for Excellence in Research" and the "Presidential Citation for Excellence in Research." He also has received the "Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Book Award," the "Sorenson Award for Excellence in Aviation Research and Scholarship" from the University Aviation Association and the "Sorenson Best Paper Award" from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Dean Theodosios Alexander (a.k.a. Theodosios Korakianitis), Sc.D., calls this recognition a "major milestone" in Parks College history.

"This honor is a matter of dual distinction for us. Manoj is a senior professor, who has played a pivotal role in shaping the scholarly activities in our nationally-historic aviation department at Parks," Alexander said. "He is also a Parks alumnus. I am delighted to join his mentors, colleagues, students, family and friends in celebrating this monumental achievement."

Patankar currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Professional Aviation Board of Certification (PABC), an independent, non-profit aviation safety organization engaged in the development of a Global Professional Pilot Certification Exam.

Peter Wolfe, PABC executive director, said Patankar's award is recognition from the world's oldest professional aeronautics body for his tireless efforts to advance aviation safety.

"While PABC is fortunate to have a highly experienced and dedicated board and council to guide our efforts, adding another RAeS Fellow, bringing the total to five, significantly strengthens PABC's credibility within the global aviation community," Wolfe added.

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