Dr. Jan Roskam Faculty Opportunity Fund
This fund shall be used to support faculty in the Aerospace Engineering Department in the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas salary support, travel and other cost associated with advancement of the educational and research mission of the Department. If contribution to this fund accumulate to $500,000 or more, it shall transition to a professorship. The professorship shall be known as the Dr. Jan Roskam Professorship.
Dr. Jan Roskam has been with the department since 1967. He specializes in aircraft design, aerodynamics, aircraft stability and control, automatic flight control systems, transportation, and applied mathematics. He received an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering in 1954 from the University of Delft, Holland, and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1965 from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has had 12 years of professional experience with Aviolanda Co. in Holland, Cessna Aircraft Company, and Boeing Company in Wichita and Seattle. Dr. Roskam was elected Outstanding Educator of Aerospace Engineering by the graduating class of 1989 and 1992. He has won numerous national teaching and research awards including being honored as a Fellow of AIAA and SAE. He is a member of Sigma Gamma Tau and Tau Beta Pi. He has published a two volume text on airplane flight dynamics and automatic flight controls, a text on airplane performance (co-authored with E. Lan), and an eight volume set of books on airplane design and he has been widely published in industry journals. He has been actively involved in the design of more than 25 planes. Dr. Roskam retired in 2004.