John Weyrauch

John Weyrauch

John Weyrauch

Industrial Professor of Design,
Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics


Akerman Hall
Rm 107B
110 Union Street SE





B.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1972
M.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1973

Professional Background

Present - Industrial Professor of Design, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Chief Engineer Advanced Programs and Vice Present of Engineering, Alliant Techsystems Advanced Weapons Division, Plymouth, MN, 2004-2013

Senior Director, Information Systems Technology, Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2001-2004

Avionics Engineer, Controls Researcher, Navigation Manager, Controls Lab Director, and Vice President Minneapolis Operations, Honeywell Technology Center, Minneapolis, MN, 1981-2001

Controls Design Engineer, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company, St Louis, MO and Houston, TX, 1974-1981

Scientific & Professional Societies
Society of Automotive Engineers Aerospace Control and Guidance
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
The Institute of Navigation (ION)

Professor Weyrauch serves as Industrial Professor of Design, which involves teaching and consulting to the AEM design classes: AEM 4331 and 4333. He uses his 40 years of industry experience in aerospace research and product development to help students determine the best ways to execute design projects and how to develop good team working relationships. Professor Weyrauch also participates in outreach activities at local schools on his experience in developing the space shuttle in the 70s and early 80s. His formal academic background is in aeronautical and astronautical engineering with an emphasis in control systems. He has worked for 4 major aerospace companies in his industrial career: McDonnell Douglas, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, and Alliant Techsystems.

Teaching Subjects
AEM 4331 -- Aerospace Vehicle Design
AEM 4333 -- Aerospace Design: Special Projects
Honors and Awards

2016: IEEE Kershner Award

1987: Honeywell Lund Award for Management Excellence

1981: NASA Manned Spaceflight Awareness