Aerodynamics, Legal Expert Addresses Boeing 737 Max 8 Crashes

Released: 18-Mar-2019 4:05 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Arizona State University (ASU)

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    Arizona State University Aerospace Engineering Professor Timothy Takahashi.

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Timothy Takahashi is a professor of practice for aerospace engineering in the School for the Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at Arizona State University. He teaches classes in aircraft performance, aerodynamics, aerospace structures and materials and engineering profession.

Dr. Takahashi holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from Santa Clara University, providing him with insight about both the technical and legal ramifications of flight failure.

Takahashi’s perspective on the recent Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes, including original graphs outlining acceleration failure, was addressed in a bylined article in “The Conversation.”  (

Prior to joining ASU, Professor Takahashi worked at NASA/Ames, Lockheed-Martin, Raytheon and Northrop-Grumman. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a member of the AIAA Aircraft Design Technical Committee and, along with his many graduate students, a prolific author of AIAA conference papers.

His current areas of research are:

  • Fixed Wing Aircraft Design
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Multi-Disciplinary Optimization
  • Legal aspects of Aviation

His recent textbooks are:

  • Aircraft Performance & Sizing, Vol. I: Fundamentals of Aircraft Performance, Momentum Press, New York, NY, 2016. 200 pages. ISBN-13:978-1606506837
  • Aircraft Performance & Sizing, Vol. II: Applied Aerodynamic Design, Momentum Press, New York, NY, 2016. 276 pages. ISBN-13:978-1606509456


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