FXB Professorship

The François-Xavier Bagnoud Professorship of Aerospace Engineering was established to enhance the Department's research and teaching portfolio in Vertical Flight. Since 1999, it has been held by Professor Peretz P. Friedmann.


Peretz P. Friedmann, the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Aerospace Engineering, is an expert in rotary and fixed wing computational aeroelasticity, vibration and noise reduction in helicopters using on-blade control, rotorcraft aeromechanics, hypersonic vehicle aerothermoelasticity, multidisciplinary optimization, and turbomachinery aeroelasticity.

He has made outstanding and lasting original contributions to rotary and fixed wing aeroelasticity, vibration and noise reduction in rotorcraft, optimum design of low-vibration helicopter rotors, rotorcraft aeromechanics and unsteady aerodynamics. He has also made major contributions to hypersonic aeroelasticity and aerothermoelasticity as well as jet engine fan blade aeroelasticity.

Since joining the department his accomplishments have been recognized by many awards. Most notable among these is the Dr. Alexander Klemin Award, the highest honor the American Helicopter Society (AHS-name changed to VFS in 2018) bestows on an individual for notable achievement in advancing the field of vertical flight aeronautics, in 2017. Under his leadership the Department has become a partner in the Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE) since 2006 and he has also established the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Rotary and Fixed Wing Air Vehicle Design (FXB-CRFWAD) in 2000.