By: Desiré Bennett
Distinguished engineer and UC alum, Jan Schilling, recognized by the National Academy of Engineering for his accomplishments in advancing technology for modern turbofan engines.
UC aerospace engineering graduate Jan Schilling was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) – this is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Schilling is recognized by the NAE for his accomplishments in advancing technology for modern turbofan engines.
According to the NAE, “Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to ‘engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,’ and to the ‘pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.’”
Schilling is moved by the significance of this distinction. “Being elected to the National Academy of Engineering is a tremendous honor,” said Schilling. “The modern turbofan engine has evolved over my career at GE Aviation, and I am proud to continue to play a role in the technology evolution that makes our engines more fuel efficient and durable.”
Schilling is the advanced products chief engineer at GE Aviation, with a career spanning 44 years. During this time he has held many leadership roles within the company’s engineering division, including the GE36 Propulsor Design/Systems Engineering, CFM56 Turbomachinery and Dry Low NOx Combustion, and Fan and Compressor Center of Excellence.
Schilling holds a Master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati and is currently the chair of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Chair Propulsion Committee and the University of Cincinnati Mechanical Engineering Industrial External Advisory Board. He is also slated to receive the Herman Schneider Distinguished Alumnus Award at the CEAS college awards banquet in April.