This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center and we celebrated November 30, 2007 at the Samuel Riggs Alumni Center.
Professor Gessow joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in 1980 as Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. At Maryland, he founded the “Center for Rotorcraft Education and Research” in 1982, which was renamed as the “Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center” in 1997. The AGRC has been at the forefront of rotorcraft education, research, and technology since its founding.
Under Professor Gessow’s direction, the department greatly increased its research activities and developed an international reputation for rotorcraft education and research. A U.S. Army Center of Excellence in helicopter technology for many years, the AGRC is a recipient of the American Helicopter Society’s Glover Bell Award twice for fostering research and experimentation in helicopter development. Over 250 students have graduated from the Center, and it has consistently employed an interdisciplinary team of faculty members in its program.
Compiling footage for Alfred Gessow's video documentary
As part of the celebration, a short video/documentary is being put together to commemorate this event. The video will highlight research achievements and projects of the rotorcraft center over the past 25 years, past graduate students in action around the center and where they are now, and accoplishments of Alfred Gessow throughout his career.