Roth-Gibson Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Eric J. Jumper, director of the Aero-Optics Group at Notre Dame, is an expert in lasers and optics, fluid dynamics, and aerodynamics, with particular specialty in the study of the distortion of laser light in turbulent air. He joined Notre Dame's faculty after a remarkable career in the Air Force, serving variously as a research engineer and scientist; a faculty member at both the Air Force Academy and Air Force Institute of Technology; and Chief of the Laser Devices Division of the Air Force Weapons Laboratory in New Mexico. With interests that range far beyond aero-optics, Professor Jumper has also contributed to projects as diverse as operations for the Space Shuttle, and analysis of the Shroud of Turin.
Professor Jumper is widely published in his field, and also serves as a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Directed Energy Professional Society and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education. Among his many honors, he has received the General Bernard Schriever Award for Research, the Air Force University Commander’s Award for Faculty Achievement, and two Air Force Meritorious Service Medals. He was named the Roth-Gibson Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in 2015.
In 1986, William Roth (’60) and Patricia Gibson-Roth established the Roth-Gibson Professorship of Aerospace and Mechanical Engeineering to honor their families. In 1982, Bill was presented with the College of Engineering’s Honor Award. He is the former president of American Standard, Inc.