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MAE professor lands prestigious deputy editor position with AIAA

MU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Craig Kluever is no stranger to editing work for major industry journals. Recently, he landed an impressive appointment with one of the best in his field.

Kluever was named deputy editor of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, one of the largest journals from the world’s foremost professional aerospace engineering organization.

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Craig Kluever, an MU mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, was named deputy editor of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, one of the largest journals from the world’s foremost professional aerospace engineering organization.

Kluever has been an associate editor for a variety of AIAA journals since 1999, reviewing hundreds of submissions in his areas of expertise — including guidance and control of aerospace vehicles, orbital mechanics and optimal control and estimation — over the years. That includes the last three years with the JGCD.

“The challenge for me is you’ve got to have the ability to read a paper that might not be in your area and know it at least has what it takes to make the first cut in the review process,” Kluever said about the differences between being a deputy and associate editor. “It has to demonstrate a novel contribution to the field and give the appearance of a solid paper.”

Recently, his colleague and JGCD editor-in-chief Ping Lu of San Diego State University tabbed Kluever and SUNY-Buffalo’s John Crassidis to serve three-year terms as deputy editors. With the increase in title comes a requisite increase in responsibility. Deputy editors review roughly a paper per day and are the first step in the process to publication, deciding whether or not a paper is worthy of consideration or if there are too many concerns — scientifically, ethically, grammatically, etc. — to move it forward.

“We basically have the same duties as the editor-in-chief,” Kluever explained. “We make decisions on the papers that get submitted. We have the ability to instantly reject them. If they look OK for review, we pass them on to the appropriate associate editor. … We’re the first stop. We get the raw submissions.”

Kluever said he sees the opportunity to serve as deputy editor of such a well-regarded journal as a terrific opportunity to both help an organization he’s passionate about and play a part in growing the reputation of both the University of Missouri and its College of Engineering.

“I was flattered by Ping Lu to be asked to be a deputy editor, and I’m excited to do it. … From the standpoint of getting the name of the University of Missouri out there, we have top-tier researchers and international authors interacting with JGCD on a daily basis, and they see where the executive editors are from,” he said. “It’s one thing that can raise the visibility of a university.”