Dewey H. Hodges
A native of Clarksville, Tennessee, Dr. Hodges has been at Georgia Tech since1986. He is author of three books and over 310 journal and conference papers, and he has lectured at technical conferences and universities across the United States, in South America, and in Western Europe. Dr. Hodges is an elected Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Helicopter Society, and the American Academy of Mechanics. He and his wife Margaret reside in Dunwoody, Georgia, and attend Chalcedon Presbyterian Church (RPCUS) where he serves as an Elder. They were married in 1971 and have five sons, ten grandsons and ten granddaughters.
Prof. Hodges obtained the Bachelor of Science degree (with high honors) in Aerospace Engineering in June 1969 from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He attended Stanford University under a NASA Trainee fellowship, receiving the Master of Science degree in June 1970 and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in January 1973, both from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
From 1970 until 1986 he was a Research Scientist at the U.S. Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, located at NASA Ames Research Center. From 1981-1986 he served as Group Leader of the Theoretical Group, Rotorcraft Dynamics Division and taught graduate courses at Stanford. His work in rotorcraft dynamics and aeroelasticity became internationally known during this time. He led a team of other scientists and engineers in the twenty-man-year development of GRASP, first released in 1985. GRASP is a hybrid multi-body/finite element based program that performs aeroelastic, aeromechanical, and structural dynamic analyses of rotorcraft with arbitrary rotor/hub configurations. Many of the distinctive features of GRASP are presently being used in RCAS, the U.S. Army’s comprehensive rotorcraft modeling program.
Prof. Hodges has been with the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech since the fall of 1986. His present research interests include analytical and computational structural mechanics, aeroelasticity, structural dynamics, asymptotic methods, dynamics and computational optimal control. He has presented papers and seminars at many technical conferences and universities across the United States, Western Europe, and South America. He has advised 26 PhD and 29 MS graduates. To his credit thus far he has authored or coauthored three books, two book chapters, and 170 technical papers in refereed journals. He has edited one book and coauthored two U.S. Patents.
In recent years his research group at Georgia Tech has been developing asymptotic methods for accurate analysis and stress recovery in composite beams (including helicopter rotor blades), plates, and shells. The computer programs VABS (for composite beams) and VAPAS (for composite plates and shells) are in use around the world. These codes facilitate the accurate modeling and accurate stress recovery of internally complex structural members using generalized forms of standard reduced-order models for beams, plates, and shells. In addition, his group has developed NATASHA for nonlinear aeroelasticity of HALE aircraft.
Prof. Hodges has received several awards in his professional career. These include his election to Fellow in three professional societies: the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Helicopter Society (AHS), and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). In addition he has been awarded a NASA Technology Utilization Award (1975), two NASA Tech Brief Awards (1976 and 1990), a U.S. Army Commendation Medal (1977), the prestigious U.S. Army Research and Development Achievement Award (1979), six Official U.S. Army Commendations (1980-1986), two SAIC Technical Paper Awards (1990 and 1998), and three Sigma Xi Research Awards (1990, 1995, and 2003). His research while a visiting scientist at DLR in Braunschweig, Germany led to his receiving the Director’s Award for Technological Achievement in 1984. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Fluids and Structures and the Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures. He has served as an Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal, as a member of the AIAA Structural Dynamics Technical Committee, multiple terms as a member of the AHS Dynamics Committee, on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Solids and Structures and has served as an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics.
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