Purdue has honored SWE member Tamaira Ross with an Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award. The award is bestowed based on the professional contributions of graduates from the Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, recognizing those who demonstrate excellence in industry, academia, governmental service or other endeavors that reflect the value of an aerospace engineering degree.
Tamaira Ross graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering in 1996 and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1998. She also attended the University of Washington where she obtained a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 and a Technology Management MBA in 2008.
Ross is a Technical Fellow and aeronautical engineer for Boeing Defense, Space and Security, where she does preliminary vehicle design and rapid development of aircraft and spacecraft. For the past four years she has worked on Boeing’s Phantom Phoenix small satellite program and related efforts. She has 10 patents, two of which have been built and tested as working prototypes.
Tamaira has taught classes on multi-disciplinary design, wireless power transmission and engineering design methodology. She is also an affiliate instructor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department at the University of Washington where she teaches graduate classes in technical leadership.