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Pathways Scholars Visit Arnold Air Force Base

Dr. Glenn Acree and Dr. Danny Biles (Mathematics and Computer Science) and Dr. Steve Robinson (Chemistry and Physics) took 13 Pathways Scholars for a tour of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tenn. on Feb. 22. The complex is the most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world and operates 43 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized units. The Pathways group enjoyed inspections and technical descriptions of test facilities ranging from large wind tunnels and altitude jet and rocket test cells to space chambers, ballistic ranges, arc heaters (for simulating the high temperature generated reentering the Earth’s atmosphere) to small research test cells. The Pathways Program is an NSF funded scholarship and mentoring program for students in mathematics, science and computer science.