21 October, 2012

Award-winning scientist assists Neoteric Hovercraft

Today, Neoteric Hovercraft was honored with a visit by Dr. Rajpal Sirohi, a world-famous physicist, and his son, Dr. Jayant Sirohi, an award-winning aerospace engineer. Dr. Jayant Sirohi has offered to assist Neoteric in conducting advanced computer modeling of the complex aerodynamics found in the Hovertrek’s integrated lift/thrust ducting.

Below, Dr. Jayant Sirohi (left) studies the thrust duct outlet flow of a Hovertrek at the Neoteric factory, and indicates the onset of turbulence to company President Chris Fitzgerald (center) and Dr. Rajpal Sirohi (right):   

Neoteric founder Chris Fitzgerald has enjoyed a long friendship with Dr. Rajpal Sirohi. In the 1980s, when Fitzgerald was Rose-Hulman Institute’s first Entrepreneur in Residence, he served as an ambassador when visiting SICO in India, a company that was collaborating with Fitzgerald to manufacture hovercraft and components in India. Rose-Hulman asked Fitzgerald to travel to Madras, India to meet Dr. Rajpal Sirohi, who directed the School of Optics at the Madras Design Institute. It was during this visit that Fitzgerald first met the Sirohis' son, Jayant.

Dr. Rajpal Sirohi later affiliated with Rose-Hulman and moved to Terre Haute, IN for a time, after which he moved back to India. He subsequently returned to Terre Haute and is currently a Distinguished Scholar in the department of Physics and Optical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, recognized as the top undergraduate engineering school in the US for the last 14 years.

The Hovertrek is the most thoroughly tested and documented light hovercraft on the market. It is a privilege for us, and a benefit for our customers, to have prestigious engineers and researchers such as Dr. Jayant Sirohi involved in Neoteric’s quest for continuous product improvement.

Dr. Jayant Sirohi
Dr. Jayant Sirohi is Assistant Professor of Aerodynamics in the department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he was a Staff Engineer in the Advanced Concept group at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, where was involved with the conceptual design of next generation vertical take-off aircraft. His research interests include micro aerial vehicles and rotorcraft design.

 Dr. Rajpal Sirohi
Dr. Rajpal Sirohi is a Distinguished Scholar in the department of Physics and Optical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Among his numerous awards, he is the recipient of the Galileo Award from the International Commission of Optics, and the Albert Einstein Silver Medal presented by UNESCO for his contributions to science. Sirohi has published more than 234 papers in national and international journals and has authored/co-authored 13 books.

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