Teaching Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University

Dr. Gall began his professional career at NASA Langley Research Center after completing his MS in Aerospace Engineering at Penn State. He worked for six years at NASA Langley as an aerospace engineer, flight test engineer and research pilot.

Following NASA he went to work for American Airlines as an airline pilot, racking up 16,000 hours serving as a Captain and First Officer on several aircraft including the McDonnell Douglas MD80, Boeing 737, 757 and 767 and the Airbus A319, A320 and A321. In 2004, in the wake of 911, he left the airline industry to return to his first love, inspiring students interested in aerospace engineering. He completed his PhD at WVU in 2010 at the age of 51 and has been actively teaching since, accepting a permanent position as Assistant Teaching Professor in 2015.

Along with flying, he has designed and built his own aircraft, certified by the FAA as “experimental
acrobatic”. He has been active with the EAA and the Young Eagles program for many years.
He has received many awards over the years, most recently the “Outstanding Teacher Award”, the “Distinguished Doctorate Fellowship” award and the “Governors Cup” award from West Virginia governor Earl Ray Tomblin two years in a row for mentoring aspiring high school students in the state of West Virginia.

Experience

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    Teaching Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University

Honours

Outstanding Teaching Award 2014, Outstanding Teaching Award 2018, Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2018, Distinguished Doctorate Fellow Award 2009, Governors Cup Award 2010,Governors Cup Award 2011, (three) NASA Special Achievment Awards, (four) NASA Group Achievement Awards, NASA Outstanding Performance Award