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Leishman, J. Gordon

Leishman, J. Gordon

Professor Emeritus
Aerospace Engineering


  • B. Sc., 1980, University of Glasgow, UK (Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics - First Class Honours)
  • Ph.D., 1984, University of Glasgow, UK (Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics)
  • D.Sc.(Eng)., 2003, University of Glasgow, UK (Aerospace Engineering)



Dr. J. Gordon Leishman retired from the University of Maryland in 2014 after 28 years of service. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach and a Faculty Scholar at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Leishman joined the University of Maryland in 1986 as a Research Associate in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, and retired as the Minta Martin Professor of Engineering. Dr. Leishman holds D.Sc.(Eng), Ph.D., and B.Sc (1st Class Honors) degrees in Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics and in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Glasgow. Dr. Leishman started his professional career in 1983 as an aerodynamicist for Westland Helicopters (now AgustaWestland), and has become an internationally recognized specialist in applied aerodynamics and rotorcraft aerodynamics. Dr. Leishman has authored over 250 papers and is the author of two books, including "Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamic s", which was first published in 2000 by Cambridge University Press and then in second edition in 2006. Dr. Leishman is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Helicopter Society and is currently an Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal of Aircraft.


  • Cierva Memorial Lectureship (2006)


  • Associate Fellow of the AIAA
  • Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society.



Research in experimental and theoretical applied aerodynamics, with a specialty in unsteady aerodynamics, helicopter aerodynamics and wind tunnel testing.

UMD Team Wins AHS Student Design Competition

Graduate student team takes top spot in the 30th Annual American Helicopter Society Design Competition.

Dean's Doctoral Student Research Awards Announced

Research on digital multimedia forensics, tissue engineering, rotorcraft brownout recognized.

Clark School Human-Powered Helicopter Flies

"Gamera" takes flight, sets world record with female pilot aboard.

Alumnus Is a Key Designer for Sikorsky X2TD

Collier Trophy-winning helicopter sets unofficial speed record of 290 mph.

Two Big Wins for Clark School Teams

Aerospace engineering students win American Helicopter Society, NASA design competitions.

Synchronized Swimming for Submarines

Paley studies schooling fish to improve motion coordination in unmanned vehicle teams.

Malhan, Syal Win Earhart Fellowships

Aerospace engineering graduate students honored for helicopter brownout, flapping wing research.

Leishman, Schaler Named Goldwater Scholars

Aerospace, mechanical engineering students receive premier award for undergraduates.

Dean's Master's Student Research Awards Announced

Bradley Johnson, aerospace engineering, takes first place for rotorcraft research.

Aero Students Dominate at AIAA

Clark School is first ever to win four categories at an AIAA conference.

Mayo Wins Sloan Scholarship

Award benefits minorities completing Ph.D. studies.

Mayo Receives Graduate Fellowship Award

Aerospace Corporation honor goes to David B. Mayo.

Clark School Leads Major Defense Research

DoD awards support projects in remote biometrics, rotorcraft brownouts, stochastic control.

Clark School Leads "Microsystems Mechanics" Center

$10M effort to develop networked micro-vehicles for assisting soldiers.

Clark School Faculty Receive Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Award from the Department of Defense (Dod)

Clark School faculty succeeded in obtaining Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award of $5.25M.

The Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center receives this year's American Helicopter Society's Grover E. Bell Award

Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center receives this year's American Helicopter Society's Grover E. Bell Award for pioneering contributions in smart structures technologies

Clark School Accomplishments Spring 2002

A list of Clark school accomplishments for Spring 2002

  • Associate Fellow