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Turbo Lab appoints Interim Director

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The Turbomachinery Laboratory, a centre of the Texas A&M Engineering & Experiment Station (TEES) and part of The Texas A&M University System, has named John A. Pappas as its Interim Director.

Pappas replaced Dr Dara W. Childs, who recently retired from the Director post after more than three decades with the Turbo Lab.

The search for a permanent director is underway.

Pappas is director of strategic initiatives for TEES, where he is responsible for business development and marketing, operations analysis and managerial and administrative support. As interim director of the Turbo Lab, Pappas will manage operations at the laboratory and oversee the Lab’s support staff who plan and execute the Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia, Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia, and other professional development initiatives.

He has served as interim director for TEES’ Texas A&M Energy Institute and Texas A&M’s National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing. He was also director of the Texas A&M Wind Energy Center.

Pappas said: “I am happy to join the Turbo Lab staff in this capacity as the search continues for a long-term director […] The faculty and students at the lab, the staff in the symposium office, the symposia advisory committees and other Turbo Lab supporters have worked together to make a tremendous impact on the turbomachinery and related industries. My goal is to ensure the Lab has the support it needs to continue doing great work.”

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