The CSIR's Sean Tuling has been appointed as secretary for the Supersonic Tunnel Association, International (STAI) at a meeting held at the Arnold Engineering Development Centre in Tennessee, USA. He takes over from John Micol of NASA's Langley Research Centre.
Sean Tuling and Andre Nepgen, executive director of CSIR Defence, Peace, Safety and Security, celebrating excellence
The STAI, an independent supersonic tunnels testing group with membership of facilities from all major countries in the world (except China), was established 54 years ago to provide an organisation for operators of high-speed aerodynamic testing facilities. The original, and present primary purpose of the organisation is the sharing of information concerning facility operation, instrumentation, test techniques and flight vehicle flow phenomena.
"This is an explicit acknowledgement of Mr Tuling's contribution to the organisation with his regular yearly attendance and presentation of transonic tunnel issues from our organisation," says Major General Des Barker, the man at the helm of CSIR's aeronautic systems domain.
He adds, "This is essentially international recognition, not only for the scientific skills and expertise of individuals like Sean Tuling, but also for their commitment to research in their specialist fields. I believe it also speaks of the recognition of the CSIR as a world player in the field of aeronautics research, the capabilities of which are often hugely underestimated."
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