Alan Wilhite, BSAE 1973, PhD AE 1985
Dr. Alan Wilhite earned his Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University, his Master’s degree from George Washington University, and his doctorate from North Carolina State University, all in Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Wilhite spent much of his career at NASA, where he served as a researcher, systems program manager, and senior executive involved in the design and development of NASA’s space and aeronautic systems. Named to the Langley Distinguished Professorship of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2004, Wilhite worked at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, Virginia, where he also conducted research in systems engineering, space exploration systems, robust design, aerodynamics, propulsion, multidisciplinary optimization, operations, cost, and risk. He has numerous published articles and several book chapters in these areas. In addition to teaching, he served as the co-director of the Georgia Tech Center for Aerospace Systems Engineering (CASE) before retiring from Georgia Tech 2014. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and has served on several AIAA technical committees such as Space Systems, Space Transportation and Computer Aided Design. He is also a member of the International Astronautical Federation on the Systems Engineering committee.