Farhan Gandhi named Hassan A. Hassan Distinguished Professor at NC State University

Raleigh, N.C.: Farhan Gandhi, world-renowned for his research contributions to the field of eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft technologies has been appointed as the Hassan A. Hassan Distinguished Professor at the NC State University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Farhan Gandhi was selected for the prestigious position only after MAE spent several years searching for someone capable of filling the shoes of the professorship’s namesake.

Hassan A. Hassan, late titan of the MAE department and legend in the field of aerospace engineering, had helped to establish the professorship shortly before his passing in 2019 alongside his son Basil Hassan and MAE Department Head Srinath Ekkad.

Gandhi obtained his B. Tech. in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT-Bombay in 1989, and his doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Maryland’s Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center in 1995. After 17 years on the Penn State Aerospace Faculty, he moved to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2012 as the Redfern Endowed Chair Professor in Aerospace Engineering.

With an academic career of more than 29 years, Gandhi has published around 360 technical papers in journals and major conference proceedings, and has advised 29 PhD students to graduation. He currently leads a vibrant research group of two research scientists and eight doctoral students.

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