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Mizzou Engineering professor earns association recognition

Craig Kluever, an MU mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, has been named a "fellow" of the American Astronautical Society.

Mizzou Engineering Professor Craig Kluever will be honored next month by America’s premier space science and exploration association for his contributions to the field.

Kluever, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, has been named a “fellow” by the American Astronautical Society (AAS). The Virginia-based association will officially recognize its four new “fellows” during a national conference luncheon slated for Nov. 18 in California.

“It’s just a nice honor,” Kluever said. “It’s nice to be recognized by your peers; I appreciate it very much.”

Kluever entered the aerospace engineering field in 1986, working in Rockwell International’s space shuttle program for three years. Since joining MU in 1993, Kluever has focused on aerospace guidance and control research and orbital mechanics.

Kluever is known in the field for his excellent work in determining the best route for spacecraft interplanetary travel using low-thrust propulsion systems, said Christopher Hall, a Virginia Tech aerospace and ocean engineering professor and department head who nominated Kluever for the honor.

“These low-thrust propulsion systems are relatively new additions to the hardware options for spacecraft, and so understanding how best to use them in space missions is an important research topic,” Hall said.

Kluever’s new AAS rank also recognizes his contributions to the astronautics society, AAS Executive Director James Kirkpatrick said. Kluever served for three years as managing editor of an AAS publication, The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, as well as on several technical AAS committees.

The AAS, which includes roughly 1,500 national and international members, has elected about 430 “fellows” since its founding in 1954, Kirkpatrick said.

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