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Paul J. Hermann papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 11/3/53

Scope and Content

This collection (1947-2015, undated) includes biographical information, course notes, meeting minutes, newsletters, technical reports, news clippings, photographs, and several artifacts documenting Hermann's professional career. Writings in the collection include publications on analog computers and flight control systems authored by Hermann, and lecture notes for aerodynamics, flight control systems, and aircraft stability and control classes taught by Hermann at Iowa State University.

For over 40 years Hermann edited the Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (AEEM) departmental newsletter, The Rag, and a complete set of the newsletter is included in the collection along with supplemental materials added by Hermann. Hermann was also involved in a local flying club, Ames Airmen, Inc., and records related to this club can be found in the collection.

Dates

  • 1947-2015, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

Paul J. Hermann was born to John and Ellen (Erickson) Hermann on September 30, 1923, in Sheldahl, Iowa. He enrolled at Iowa State College (University) where he received his B.S. (1947) in aerospace engineering and his M.S. (1951) in theoretical and applied mechanics. During World War II, Hermann conducted work as a radio technician in the Philippines while serving in the U.S. Navy.

While enrolled as a graduate student at Iowa State, Hermann served as an instructor (1947-1950) in theoretical and applied mechanics. He went on to pursue a career in engineering, working in the Developmental Engineering Department of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation in Akron, Ohio. At Goodyear, he was employed as a Senior Development Engineer (1951-1954), Group Leader (1954-1960) in the Computer Application Laboratory, and Engineering Specialist (1960) in Analytical Dynamics.

Hermann returned to Iowa State University as an Assistant Professor (1960-1972) in aerospace engineering and was promoted to Associate Professor (1972-1993). At Iowa State, Hermann taught courses in aerodynamics, flight mechanics, aircraft stability and control, and computer applications. He served for many years as the faculty advisor to the student section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and received several awards for advising. Hermann was also the editor of the departmental newsletter, The Rag, for over 40 years.

Hermann was an avid pilot and along with several other members of the Ames community established a local flying club, Ames Airmen, Inc. Professionally, he was involved in the local section of AIAA and participated in national AIAA conferences.

Hermann married Frances Juskiewicz in September of 1951, and they had three daughters. He died May 29, 2015, in Ames, Iowa.

Extent

3.78 Linear Feet (9 document boxes and 1 map case folder)

Abstract

Paul J. Hermann (1923-2015) was a professor of aerospace engineering at Iowa State University from 1961 until 1993. His research interests included computer applications, flight control systems, and aircraft stability and control. He was recognized as a popular student advisor throughout his tenure. This collection documents Hermann's career as an engineer at the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation and as an engineering educator at Iowa State University through biographical information, course notes, meeting minutes, newsletters, technical reports, news clippings, photographs, and several artifacts. Of note is an extensive run of the The Rag, the Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department newsletter edited by Hermann for many years.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series:

Series 1, Personal and Family Life, 1947-2015, undated

Series 2, Career at Goodyear Aircraft Corporation, 1951-1960, 1987

Series 3, Academic Career at Iowa State University, 1961-2003, undated

Series 4, Professional Interests, 1961-1990

Items in related collections

RS 11/3. Iowa State University. Department of Aerospace Engineering records, 1914-2013

Title
RS 11/3/53. Paul J. Hermann papers, 1947-2015, undated
Date
May 9, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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