The Gebhardt Lecture Series is intended to recognize leading experts worldwide who will share their prospects and visions on how to shape aerospace education and research in the future. The primary audience will be aerospace engineering faculty and graduate students in our School who work within and across a wide range of disciplinary areas including structures, controls, propulsion, fluid dynamics, design, and systems engineering.

Fran and Eric Gebhardt, AE '90, have made a commitment to the School of Aerospace Engineering to support the Fran and Eric Gebhardt Distinguished Lecture series. Eric Gebhardt is GE Energy Vice President Thermal Engineering and Chief Technology Officer of the General Electric Company.

Recent Submissions

  • The Space Shuttle and I 

    Crippen, Robert L. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-02-06)
    The Space Shuttle consumed a major portion of my life, nearly thirty years. I was there at the beginning when we were defining crew requirements. That included the computer requirements, cockpit controls and displays, and ...
  • What does the future bring? A look at Technologies for Commercial Aircraft in the years 2035 to 2050 

    Benzakein, Meyer (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-01-23)
    Demographics and economics in the next 20 years are being examined. They reflect a significant GDP growth and with this a strong demand for commercial aircraft not only in the US and Europe but across Asia and the Middle ...
  • Inventing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter 

    Bevilaqua, Paul (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-12-06)
    During the first century of flight, the focus of aerospace education has been on the methods of predicting lift and drag, with cost and schedule as dependent variables. Consequently, our engineers are very good at predicting ...
  • Why Do We Want to Have a Space Program? 

    Griffin, Michael (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-09-06)
    For more than fifty years, the exploration and development of space by the United States could have been characterized, without much exaggeration, as “all government, all the time”. There were exceptions, notably with ...