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SDL and USU Say Goodbye to Deputy Director and Professor

USURF
July 1, 2002

LOGAN — After 18 years of service, Frank Redd, PhD, deputy director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) and Utah State University (USU) professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering is retiring.

"I cannot adequately express in words the thanks we owe him for the truly significant contributions that he has made to SDL, the University and the State in the 20 years that he has worked here," said Allan Steed, director of SDL.

Prior to joining SDL and USU, Redd had a 27-year career with the US Air Force where he served as the Vice Commander of the Air Force Space Technology Center (AFSTC) providing oversight of programs in excess of $400 million. He also managed the construction of Vandenberg's Space Shuttle Launch Facility in his role as deputy to the director of the Air Force Space Shuttle program.

After retiring from the Air Force as a Colonel, Redd received competing offers from Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

"Utah State University and the Space Dynamics Laboratory were most fortunate in being able to attract the services of colleague Dr. Frank Redd as a teacher, researcher and administrator," said Doran Baker, deputy director of the Rocky Mountain NASA Space Grant Consortium. "Working with Dr. Redd is an opportunity one is honored to have."

Dr. Redd immediately made an impact with the students and programs at USU. He organized and was appointed director of a State of Utah sponsored Center of Excellence in Space Engineering. In 1991 that Center was recognized by the State of Utah as a Distinguished Center of Excellence.

"I came here because of my love for teaching," Redd said. "I will sincerely miss that, but hope to stay involved by teaching in an emeritus status."

Redd taught space engineering classes including orbital mechanics, spacecraft attitude control systems, space system design and control systems. He received a nine-year NASA grant to teach space system design. Several of the students' designs from that class were implemented into actual NASA programs.

"I am pleased to see graduates of our program in prominent positions throughout the whole spectrum of the space industry," Redd said.

Redd was instrumental in securing the approval of the State of Utah Board of Regents for incorporation of an accredited Aerospace Engineering program into the College of Engineering. Shortly after securing approval, he became department head of the newly named Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

"I feel privileged to have been a part of the growth of the aerospace program at Utah State University," said Redd.

One of Redd's most notable contributions to the university and SDL was the establishment of the Small Satellite conference in Logan. The conference, which began 16 years ago with contributions from Professors Gil Moore and Rex Megill, is now known as the premier small satellite conference throughout the world.

"I am really proud of the growth of the Small Satellite conference," Redd stated. "It started with merely a 100 people and has grown tremendously. I am excited about continuing my association with the conference in the future."

This year, nearly 500 engineers, college students, government agency representatives and aerospace engineering industry leaders from around the globe are scheduled to attend the conference. It will be held August 12 - 15.

"He had many opportunities following his illustrious Air Force career, and we are very fortunate that he decided to move to Cache Valley," Steed said. "He has enriched all of our lives with effective leadership and teaching as well as his friendship."

A farewell reception will be held Monday, July 8, at SDL from 3:30 - 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

"What a blessing it has been to be associated with such really wonderful people, both at the University and the Space Dynamics Laboratory - students, faculty and staff," Redd said.