The Akronauts are fortunate enough to have an experienced mentor and two enthusiastic faculty advisors to assist the team. Below are the profiles of our mentor and UA faculty advisers.
Steve holds the world record for the tallest and heaviest amateur rocket ever successfully launched and recovered. His 1/10th scale of the Saturn V was 36 feet tall and weighed 1,648 pounds.
Steve displays the Akronauts’ aspirations of achieving the impossible. Check out his Grandfather Clock Rocket which reached an astounding 250mph and deployed a cuckoo bird!
Dr. Scott Sawyer
Dr. Scott Sawyer is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs at the University of Akron who has over 40 publications ranging in topics including Aeroacoustics, Fluid Mechanics, Turbomachinery, and even Aeroelasticity!
in 1989, Dr. Sawyer received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering.
In 1997, Dr. Sawyer achieved his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
Dr. Francis Loth
Dr. Francis Loth began his education in Aerospace Engineering studying at WVU and the University of Cincinnati. He then completed a specialization in turbomachinery at the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium.
In 1993, Dr. Loth was awarded the NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology, and spent this year doing research in France at the University of Aix-Marseille.
In 2008, Dr. Loth moved to the University of Akron as an Associate Professor and F. Theodore Harrington Endowed Chair.