News & Events

Congratulations to Richard Healy on his doctoral defense, titled “Interactional Aerodynamic Modeling and Analysis of Multi-Rotor Aircraft using Computational Fluid Dynamics,” on March 15, 2023.
A team of graduate students working at the Center for Mobility with Vertical Lift (MOVE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was declared the winner of the 39th Annual Student Design Competition (2021-2022) in the Graduate category of the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) for their design “Oliwhoper.” The team comprised Richard Healy (Team Captain), Abhishek Chopra, Alexander Stillman, Anubhav Halder, Gaurav Makkar, and Matthew Bahr.
MOVE student Alex Stillman won the 2022 SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) program, which is a DoD (Department of Defense) scholarship program for STEM students.
Doctoral student Richard Healy and his advisor Dr. Farhan Gandhi, director of the Center for Mobility with Vertical Lift (MOVE), have won the 2022 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award from the Aircraft Design technical session at the Vertical Flight Society’s FORUM 78 for the paper "Wing Lift Enhancement from Aft Rotor Induced Suction". Richard was one of the seven finalists, and his paper was recognized as the best overall in Vehicle Design disciplines.
Four MOVE students were named as recipients of the 2022 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) Scholarships through the Vertical Flight Society- Jonah Whitt, Alexander Stillman, Neelanga Thelasingha, Orazio Pinti.