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Boeing Technical Fellow to Discuss Boomerang Aerodynamics

Boeing Technical Fellow John Vassberg will discuss the aerodynamic characteristics and flight dynamics of boomerangs at the Spring Technical Seminar at noon on Friday, Feb. 23 in the Niggli Conference Center (ECS-312). Students and faculty are invited to attend.

Dr. Vassberg will explain how blade theory can be used to expand upon a basic aerodynamic model developed in the 1960s. The new aerodynamic model is coupled with a gyroscope model for rudimentary analyses. The approach has generated significant findings regarding the radius of a boomerang’s circular flight path, the required inclination angle of its axis-of-rotation, its trim state, as well as its dynamic stability. These discoveries provide a basic understanding of how the interplay between aerodynamic forces and moments, and gyroscopic precession combine to return the boomerang to its rightful owner by way of a circular flight path.

Dr. Vassberg is Technical Lead and Chief Aerodynamicist of BCA Advanced Concepts Design Center in Southern California. He is a Boeing Technical Fellow, an AIAA Fellow, and recipient of the AIAA Aerodynamics Award in 2012 and the International Cooperation Award in 2017.

Prior to his current position, he was Chief Aerodynamicist of Boeing’s Research & Technology organization, and Principal Investigator of the Advanced Joint Air Combat System (AJACS), Speed-Agile Configuration Development (SACD) and Over-Wing Nacelle (OWN) programs. The SACD Program received the 2013 Aviation Week Laureate Award in Aero and Propulsion.

Dr. Vassberg received his PhD from the University of Southern California in 1992, and his MS and BS from Texas A&M University in 1981 and 1980, respectively, all in Aerospace Engineering.

Dudley Library Opens in College of Engineering

hema ramachandran-blogWith the opening this semester of the John H. Dudley Memorial Library in EN2-109, students and faculty won’t have to make the long trek from the College of Engineering to University Library for research help.

Engineering Librarian Hema Ramachandran will be available in the Dudley Library Mondays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Thursdays from 12- 6 p.m. She will also be available by appointment by emailing her at

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College of Engineering Celebrates Creation of Beavers Endowed Chair

Creation of Beavers Endowed ChairThe CSULB College of Engineering on Tuesday dedicated the new Beavers Endowed Chair in Heavy Civil Construction, thanking the Beavers Charitable Trust and lead fundraiser Ralph Larison, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee.

“We are very pleased to be chosen to have this endowed chair be placed in the College of Engineering at Cal State Long Beach,” Dean Forouzan Golshani told invited guests and dignitaries. “We’re very committed to producing the kind of graduates that would be desirable for the companies involved in the Beavers Trust.” Continue reading