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Hector Gutierrez, Ph.D.Hector Gutierrez, Ph.D.

Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Hector Gutierrez who received his B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Universidad Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering. He can be found with his students in the lab researching the slosh dynamics of cryogenic fuel tanks under low gravity for NASA. Dr. Gutierrez's research expands to include magnetic suspension technology for the National Science Foundation, and the electromagnetic launching for affordable, agile access to space. He was instrumental in taking the learning out of the classroom and into a zero gravity environment with the help of NASA's Facilitated Access to Space Environment for Technology Program (FAST). FAST enables students and researchers to run experiments in a Zero-G research aircraft. Students were able to collect valuable data that has been used by NASA scientists and engineers, as well as by commercial companies. This work will benchmark and validate numerical models of liquid "sloshing" inside rocket propellant tanks in microgravity. His work with his aerospace students has resulted in numerous publications and awards, including the Career award from the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. Dr. Gutierrez is leading the next generation of rocket scientists through hands-on experience in and out of the lab. Next stop: Panther-G, the first FIT guided rocket with on-board automatic control. Rock On, Rocket Scientist.

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