Engineer named editor-in-chief of journal

Joseph Powers

Joseph M. Powers, an AIAA Associate Fellow, and professor and associate chair of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, with a concurrent appointment to the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Propulsion and Power (JPP). Powers succeeds Douglas Talley of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

“Powers is one of the most diligent associate editors I have encountered,” said Frank K. Lu, AIAA vice president-publications. “I am sure that his leadership and inspiration will ensure the continued eminence of JPP.”

An associate editor of JPP since 2003, Powers becomes the fourth editor-in-chief of the journal.

Powers has been at the University of Notre Dame since 1989, and his professional duties include research program development in theoretical combustion, leading a research team in the Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and various department, college, and University service work, including supervision of undergraduate programs in aerospace and mechanical engineering.

A recipient of an AIAA Distinguished Service Award from the AIAA Propellants and Combustion Technical Committee, Powers is a member of several committees and associations, including: the Committee on Standards in Computational Fluid Dynamics, the International Colloquium on Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems, the Combustion Institute, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Physical Society. Powers has served as a conference organizer and session chair for a variety of AIAA conferences.

About JPP
Established in 1986 with the support of AIAA’s propulsion-related technical committees, JPP had its roots in the American Rocket Society’s journal, Jet Propulsion, and provided a broader venue for papers than the Journal of Energy, which ceased publication in 1983.
— Duane Hyland, The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Originally published by Nina Welding at on January 18, 2016.