Meet Bob Joppa
Wind Tunnel Engineer
I met Howard Marx to give him some advice on equipment to test the model before we put it in the tunnel. I have made some suggestions about the wind tunnel and some corrections about the wind tunnel wall interference corrections for this test.
I worked in the wind tunnel part time as a student. It was built in 1939, has a 8x12 foot test section and 250 m.p.h. I started out sweeping floors and went on to work in operations. After I graduated in 1945. I became supervisor of the wind tunnel and I continued to run the wind tunnel until 1960. In I951, I was appointed to the faculty at University of Washington with my Masters degree. In 1960 I went to Princeton University to get my Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering with a National Science Foundation science faculty fellowship. I wrote my thesis on wind tunnel wall interference corrections for Vertical Short Take Off and Landing (high lift) airplanes In 1962 I returned to the University of Washington.
I taught courses in Aerodynamics, Wind Tunnel Testing, Flight Testing, Airplane Design, and graduate level courses in Stability and Control. I published research on atmospheric turbulence, and wind shear instrumentation for pilots in the cockpit.