Honorary Degree Recipient
Doctor of Science
Institute of Technology, May 7, 2004
C. A. "Sy" Syvertson is a native Minnesotan who received his bachelor's degree from the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota. He has been employed at NASA for his entire career. For the first decade he was involved in research in high-speed aerodynamics and made numerous contributions to both the theory and practice of supersonics and hypersonics. His work played a pivotal role in the development of re-entry vehicles such as the space shuttle, high-speed aircraft, and high-speed wind tunnels. He moved up through the management ranks and was named the Director at Ames Research Center. In recognition of his significant accomplishments, he has received many honors including the National Academy of Engineering, AIAA Fellow, American Astronautical Society Fellow, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal (NASA's highest honor), and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota.
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