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Mechanical Engineering

Thomas L. Dubell

OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARD for MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: 2011

Headshot of Thomas DubellIn recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the engineering profession.

Tom DuBell graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1960 with a B. S. in Mechanical Engineering.  He retired in 1979 after a highly successful 37 year career in aerospace propulsion and turboshaft engines, primarily in the design and development of combustion systems and exhaust nozzles for aircraft propulsion and industrial gas turbine engines.

Tom spent his professional career working for GE Aircraft Engine Group and Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Engines.  He was the primary designer and design leader for most current models of US jet engines powering military and civilian aircraft, including the F15, F16 and F22 fighter/bomber aircraft, the C5 and C17 military transport aircraft, the DC10, B737, B747, B757, B767, A320 and the B777 commercial aircraft.  Tom’s responsibilities as Director of Engineering Programs included leadership for design and development of rocket engines and of all gas turbine engine core components.  He was awarded 19 patents, received numerous intra-company awards, authored papers presented at international conferences and received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Air Breathing Propulsion award for pioneering leadership innovation in the design of a new generation of combustor and afterburner systems.  Tom has served on AIAA technical committees and on government, university and industry committees including: the NASA/AIA committee to develop a national space plan; the NASA/AIAA committee to access the environmental impact of access to space; evaluator of grant proposals for the National Academy of Engineering; the University of Florida Space Council; and the Penn State University/NASA Propulsion Center Advisory Committee.  He was elected a Fellow of the AIAA.

Tom serves his community as well. He was a member of the local School Board, various local government committees and was a leader of youth sports leagues.  He provides over 200 hours each year in direct support of the US Coast Guard and is a certified AARP Tax Councilor for the Elderly.