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The sky is the limit for first winter quarter Science Café

Michael Braasch to talk about aircraft navigation and landing systems


Michael Braasch, former director of the Avionics Engineering Center (AEC) at Ohio University, will host the quarter's first Science Café at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the Baker University Center Front Room. Free coffee will be available for the first 50 attendees.

For 26 years, Braasch has been aiding the development of aircraft navigation and landing systems, specifically via research with the global positioning system (GPS). Braasch will share a handful of the test flight stories he has collected through the years in his Science Café Discussion "Iron Stomachs and White Knuckles: Navigation System Flight Testing."

"If you have been in an airplane experiencing turbulence, imagine trying to conduct experiments in such conditions, as your 'office'' is shaking tremendously," describes Braasch. "That is what our researchers do routinely at the AEC."

In 1963, Richard McFarland founded Ohio University's Avionics Engineering Center, paving the way for progress in the area of aviation electronics (avionics).

For students interested in the field of avionics, Braasch advises that "it takes eagerness and an empty stomach."

Sponsored by Sigma Xi and the Office of Research, Science Cafés are a venue for students interested in the sciences and engineering to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting.

Click here for the Science Café schedule for winter quarter.