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Peter D. Gall

Teaching Assistant Professor - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Approved Graduate Faculty for Statler MS and PhD committees


EDUCATION

B.S. Mechanical Engineering Pennsylvania State University, 1980

M.S. Aerospace Engineering Pennsylvania State University, 1983

Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering West Virginia University, 2010



Dr. Gall began his professional career at NASA Langley Research Center after completing his MS in Aerospace Engineering at Penn State. He worked for six years at NASA Langley as an aerospace engineer, flight test engineer and research pilot.


Following NASA he went to work for American Airlines as an airline pilot, racking up 16,000 hours serving as a Captain and First Officer on several aircraft including the McDonnell Douglas MD80, Boeing 737, 757 and 767 and the Airbus A319, A320 and A321. In 2004, in the wake of 911, he left the airline industry to return to his first love, inspiring students interested in aerospace engineering. He completed his PhD at WVU in 2010 at the age of 51 and has been actively teaching since, accepting a permanent position as Assistant Teaching Professor in 2015.


Along with flying, he has designed and built his own aircraft, certified by the FAA as “experimental
acrobatic”. He has been active with the EAA and the Young Eagles program for many years.
He has received many awards over the years, most recently the “Outstanding Teacher Award”, the “Distinguished Doctorate Fellowship” award and the “Governors Cup” award from West Virginia governor Earl Ray Tomblin two years in a row for mentoring aspiring high school students in the state of West Virginia.


TEACHING INTERESTS

Aircraft Design

Aerodynamics

Experimental Aerodynamics

UAV Design/Build/Fly

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Aircraft Design

Applied Aerodynamics

Airline Flight Operations


SERVICE AND OUTREACH

Student Projects

Student Mentoring

Certified FAA Flight and Ground Instructor


SPECIAL INTERESTS

Designing, Building, and Flying Light Aircraft

Playing Heavy Metal Guitar


PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Experimental Aircraft Association

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

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