Anna Howard

Teaching Associate Professor

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  • Engineering Building III (EB3) 3405

Dr. Howard’s long-term goal is to provide our students with a strong engineering foundation to enable them to be the best engineers possible.

Dr. Howard has a long fascination with helicopters that grew into an interest in making them quieter, smoother, lighter and more accepted. She is also a passionate educator who studies innovative methods in teaching.

Both of these interests combine in her role as the coordinator of engineering statics, the first and most fundamental engineering course in both of our undergraduate curricula. In this role, Dr. Howard teaches statics to about 80% of our undergraduate students.

As the coordinator of engineering statics (MAE 206), Dr. Howard is leading the large course redesign intending to combine online materials with in-class working groups; extensive on-line materials will enable more student interaction with experts with the goal of reducing drop/withdrawal/fail rates in our introductory courses.

Dr. Howard also teaches Aerodynamics of V/STOL Aircraft (MAE 452) which moves students from the parts of a helicopter through understanding and predicting behavior of a helicopter in hover, climb, and forward flight. The last third of the class is devoted to introductions to more advanced topics: noise, unsteady aerodynamics, stability, vibration, tiltrotors, rotor-airframe interaction, dynamic stall, and autorotation.


Ph.D. 2001

Aerospace Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

M.S. 1994


The Pennsylvania State University

B.S. 1992


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A. 1992


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Description

Dr. Howard's research in vertical flight aircraft has addressed air and ground resonance stability, whirl flutter stability, structural dynamics of tiltrotors, composite tailoring of wings and blades, nonlinear modeling of fluid-elastic dampers, and alignment measurement with magneto-strictive position sensors. In MAE, Dr. Howard collaborates with Drs. Eischen, Gopalarathnam, Nagel, Ramasubramanian, and Silverberg.


Enhancing student engagement in engineering statics with online tools
Howard, A. K. T. (2012), Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2010), vol 6, 59–64.
Prediction of air and ground resonance stability of soft-inplane tiltrotors, using a semispan analytical model
Howard, A. K. T., & Smith, E. C. (2008), Journal of the American Helicopter Society, 53(2), 164–178.

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Facilitating Entrepreneurial Mindsets for Mid-Career Engineering Faculty
Kern Family Foundation(8/01/19 - 7/31/21)
CUE: Collaborative Research: Effective Peer Teaching Across Computing Pathways
National Science Foundation (NSF)(1/01/20 - 6/30/21)
REU Site: Summer Internships in Composites for Extreme Performance
National Science Foundation (NSF)(2/01/15 - 1/31/19)
Two Pilot Projects for Scalability in Engineering Instruction: Free-Body Diagrams and Instructor-led Example Problems
University of North Carolina System Office (formerly UNC - General Administration)(5/01/08 - 12/31/08)